Tight End, Guard/Center Are Tertiary Needs For Buffalo Bills

ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 24: Jairus Byrd #31 of the Buffalo Bills steps in to intercept a pass intended for Eric Decker #87 of the Denver Broncos at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. Byrd ran the interception 37 yards for a touchdown. Buffalo won 40-14. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Earlier today, I opined about three positions (which were really five) at which the Buffalo Bills do not have a need for new talent entering free agency and the 2012 NFL Draft. It's now time to talk about four more spots at which the Bills may be comfortable with their situation, but which in my opinion could use some tweaking.


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Interior Offensive Line: The Bills are set at the top of the depth chart with Andy Levitre, Eric Wood and Kraig Urbik, they have a capable reserve in Chad Rinehart, and they have several intriguing developmental guys on board, headlined by Michael Jasper. With that said, Wood has had two serious leg injuries, Urbik is frequently dinged, and Levitre is a headliner on a list of players entering contract seasons. This unit is fine for now, but more competition would not hurt - nor would a bit of forward thinking.

Tight End: Scott Chandler made this position relevant against last year by catching six touchdown passes, which tied position coach Pete Metzelaars' team record. Even though the Bills are trying to re-sign Chandler, he is not the type of dynamic athlete that changes the complexion of an offense; he's only been a real factor in the red zone. When Chandler missed two games, however, his replacements caught three passes for 19 yards. Depth is a major issue here, especially if Chandler leaves, and a bit of athleticism wouldn't hurt, either. I'm all for arguments that place tight end as a legitimate need for this team, but there has been no indication that it's high on this regime's priority list.

Safety: I list this position here for highly similar reasons to listing the guard/center position: forward thinking. George Wilson is almost 31 years old, Jairus Byrd is entering the final year of his contract, Da'Norris Searcy is still highly unproven, and impending free agent Bryan Scott's role better resembles that of a sub-package linebacker. (Searcy's could, too.) The Bills could use a more physical presence at safety, anyway, but the biggest priority should be speed. This is not an especially fast group of football players.

Punter: This shouldn't receive a ton of priority, but the Bills would be wise to bring in some legitimate competition for Brian Moorman this year. Moorman, 36, is entering the final year of his current contract. He had a nice rebound season after a poor 2010 campaign, but in his situation, it would behoove the Bills to hedge their bets a bit.

What tweaks would you make to this specific portion of the needs list, Bills fans?

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