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2 months ago

The Patriots have released TE Tim Wright, who was acquired in last year's Logan Mankins trade.  Wright struggled to carve out a consistent role in New England this past season but did tally 6 TDs after posting a 54-571-5 line as a rookie for the Bucs.  It shouldn't take the 25-year-old long to find a new home.  Wright's release bumps TE Scott Chandler up to #2 on the Patriots depth chart.  He'd be an intriguing waiver-wire grab if TE Rob Gronkowski goes down this season.  New England also has Fred Davis, Michael Hoomanawanui and rookie A.J. Derby at TE.

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3 months ago

The Patriots have signed TE Fred Davis to a 1-year deal.  The 29-year-old was suspended for all of 2014 after repeated violations of the league's substance abuse policy.  Across the 2 years prior, he totaled just 31 catches and 1 TD in 17 games.  Davis went for 59-796-3 back in 2011, but it's completely unclear if he has anything left in the tank.  We're intrigued whenever New England adds a TE, but Davis would do well just to make the roster on a team that also has Rob Gronkowski, Tim Wright and Scott Chandler.

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The Patriots have signed TE Scott Chandler just 2 days after he was released by the Bills.  The 6'7, 260-pounder is a big target and decent blocker, but he offers very little playmaking ability.  New England obviously isn't a good landing spot for his fantasy value.  He'll likely be 3rd in line for TE targets behind Rob Gronkowski and Tim Wright.

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The Bills have released TE Scott Chandler, saving $2.25 million against the 2015 salary cap.  Chandler averaged 45 catches, 528 yards and 4.3 TDs over the past 4 seasons.  He turns 30 in July and has never been a difference-maker.  Buffalo is looking to upgrade at TE, making a hard run at transition-tagged Dolphin Charles Clay.

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Bills insider Joe Buscaglia believes TE Tony Moeaki is capable of pushing TE Scott Chandler for playing time this year.  With Chandler missing last week's minicamp for personal reasons, Moeaki "got a ton of time with the first-team ... and was relatively impressive," per Buscaglia.  Moeaki has always had an intriguing skill set and flashed with a 47-556-3 line in his 2010 rookie season.  He's had trouble staying healthy but is still only 27.  We'll keep an eye on Buffalo's TE situation when camp opens next month.  Neither Moeaki nor Chandler are worth targeting in standard fantasy drafts right now.

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ESPN Bills reporter Mike Rodak said veteran Bills TE Scott Chandler didn't look good during June OTAs.  "The 6-foot-7 tight end, who will turn 29 in August, looked older than his age in OTAs," Rodak wrote.  "He's coming off knee surgery and was limited the first few days of OTAs as he continued to recover, but when he was on the field, he looked uncomfortable."  The Bills might have little choice but to start Chandler, no matter how he performs, after not adding anyone at the position in the draft.  Just avoid Bills TEs when your fantasy draft rolls around this summer.

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The Bills re-signed TE Scott Chandler to a 2-year deal.  Chandler set career highs last year with 53 catches and 655 yards, though his TDs dipped to just 2. Turning 29 in July, the 6’7, 260 pounder isn’t much of a vertical threat.  However, the Bills clearly value him as a red zone option. This news doesn’t automatically mean that Buffalo will pass on stud TE prospect Eric Ebron in May’s draft.  Chandler is best suited as a blocker.  Even as a starter, he's not a recommended TE2 in fantasy.

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Bills WR Stevie Johnson (groin) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Jets.  He'll now have this week and a Week 12 bye to heal up.  With both Johnson and Robert Woods (ankle) out, the Bills will roll with T.J. Graham and Marquise Woodson as their top 2 WRs.  TE Scott Chandler might lead the team in targets.

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Bills TE Scott Chandler says he’ll be ready for the start of training camp in a few weeks.  He’ll be just 7 months removed from tearing his ACL.  ”I’m just worried about getting my lungs in shape and my legs,” he said. “That’s what this next month and a half is for. It’s not vacation. It’s nothing like that. I’m going to be working just as hard as I have been and I’m going to be ready to go.”  We’ll see how Chandler’s movement looks after shredding that knee.  He wasn’t the most fleet of foot to begin with.  At a deep TE position, there’s still no reason to draft him as anything more than a low-end TE2.

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