Wes Saxton received a fair amount of hype from #DraftTwitter a few years ago but he went undrafted in 2015 and spent two seasons as a practice squad player. He needs to make a good impression on the Buffalo Bills coaching staff to sneak onto the roster as a No. 3 or No. 4 tight end.
Name: Wes Saxton
Position: Tight End
Height/Weight: 6’4”, 235 lbs.
College: South Alabama
Draft: Undrafted in 2015, signed with Buffalo as UFA on 5/24/2017
Financial Situation (per Spotrac): Saxton’s contract is the standard for an undrafted free agent—1 year, $465,000, no guarantees.
2016 Recap: On September 3, the Jets released Saxton as a part of their final roster cuts. He was then signed to the Washington practice squad on September 5 and spent the entirety of the season on the practice squad.
Positional Outlook: The top of the Bills tight end group features Charles Clay and Nick O’Leary, the entrenched No. 1 and and No. 2 at the position. Beyond those two, the reserve tight end spots are wide open. Rick Dennison utilizes the tight end plenty in his offense, particularly as pass-catchers meaning there’s a good chance Buffalo will carry (at least) three tight ends on active gameday rosters this season. As we wrote when the Bills signed Saxton, he has similar athleticism to Garrett Graham, a tight end who was with Dennison from 2010 to 2013.
2017 Offseason: We didn’t hear or read much about Saxton during offseason workouts
2017 Season Outlook: Saxton is far from a lock to make the final roster but due to a lack of experienced depth at the tight end position, he may have a leg up on UDFA’s Jason Croom and Keith Towbridge. He has a drastically different body type from the gargantuan Logan Thomas, and if he can emerge as a reliable underneath target during training camp and the preseason, Saxton could stick.