The Buffalo Bills needed to add a player to their active roster after placing kicker Rian Lindell on IR Thursday. They did just that Friday morning, signing second-year tight end Fendi Onobun off of the Jacksonville Jaguars' practice squad.
Onobun's story is an interesting one. He was a four-year member of the Arizona Wildcats basketball team that, in his senior season of 2009, surprised in making the Sweet 16 as a No. 12 seed before bowing out to top overall seed Louisville. After his career as a reserve wrapped up with that loss, Onobun spent the fall of 2009 playing college football at Houston, catching two passes for 33 yards in one season.
Still, Onobun was a sixth-round draft pick of the St. Louis Rams last season (picked in the same neighborhood as Danny Batten and Arthur Moats), and has since spent time with the Seattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins and Jacksonville Jaguars. Why does he keep getting looks, you ask? Because he's a 6'6", 263-pound man with big hands that ran under 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash at his pro day.
Onobun is the fourth tight end on Buffalo's active roster, sitting behind the dinged-up Scott Chandler as well as Lee Smith and Mike Caussin.