ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 06:Scott Chandler #84 of the Buffalo Bills makes a catch on a pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 6, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York.New York won 27-11. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
While we're on the subject of Buffalo Bills GM Buddy Nix and his interview with BuffaloBills.com this morning, it's worth pointing out that rookie left tackle Cordy Glenn isn't the only player Nix spoke glowingly of after June practices concluded.
When beat reporter Chris Brown brought up the tight end position in a question related to depth, Nix was quick to point out how high the team is on starter Scott Chandler, who tied a franchise record among tight ends with six touchdown receptions in 2011.
"Scott Chandler has yet to drop a ball that I can remember. I mean, he just don't drop 'em," Nix said. "He's got great hands, good height. He's not a speed merchant, but he's going to catch the football for us."
Going into the 2011 season, Chandler - a 2007 fourth-round pick out of Iowa - had made just one reception, which came in a Bills road win over Miami in 2010. His 38 receptions, 389 yards and six touchdowns may seem like meager totals for a tight end to other fan bases (hey, Pats and Saints fans), but in Buffalo, those numbers practically make him positional royalty.
This off-season, Chandler signed a two-year, $5.4 million contract to remain with the Bills through the close of the 2013 season. If Nix is right, he's on the verge of becoming a much more prominent part of Chan Gailey's passing attack.