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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.

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.

Bills TE Scott Chandler tore his ACL on December 23rd.  He underwent reconstructive surgery on January 9th -- just 4-and-a-half months ago.  But Chandler think it's "realistic" that he'll be ready for the start of training camp in just another 2 months.  "I feel good, and I'm excited for the season," he said. "The injury is different than it used to be. The doctors are better."  Chandler started running routes 3 weeks ago and has been running and catching passes off to the side of OTAs this week. The Bills didn't draft a TE until adding Chris Gragg in the 7th round, so it looks like they're counting on Chandler making an impact this season.  He's scored 12 times over the past 2 years but has averaged just 33 yards per game.  Coming off a serious knee injury, he'll be nothing more than a late-round depth pick in fantasy drafts this summer.

1 year ago

Bills TE Scott Chandler suffered a torn ACL in Sunday's loss to the Dolphins.  It puts his status for the start of the 2013 season in doubt.  Chandler has scored 6 TDs in back-to-back seasons, and set new personal bests this year with 43 catches and 571 yards.

Bills TE Scott Chandler suffered a knee injury on a 1st-quarter catch against the Dolphins.  He's already been ruled out for the game, hinting at a relatively severe injury. 

1 year ago

Bills TE Scott Chandler (groin) is active for today's game against the Dolphins.  He managed just 2 catches for 30 yards in his first meeting with Miami.  You should have a better option for Championship Week.

Despite being limited in practice this week, Bills TE Scott Chandler (groin) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins. He'll play but is a weak fantasy option. Chandler managed just 2 catches for 30 yards in his first meeting with Miami.

1 year ago

As expected, Bills TE Scott Chandler (head) is active for today's game against the 49ers.  He practiced all week and is safe to use as a low-end fantasy starter.

1 year ago

Bills TE Scott Chandler (concussion) put in a full week of practice and is listed as probable for Sunday's game against San Fran. It's still unclear if he sustained a concussion last week, but it's water under the bridge now. Chandler is a low-end TE1 against a Niners team that ranks just 23rd against opposing TEs.

Bills TE Scott Chandler left Sunday's game against the Bills with a head injury.  But he told reporters afterwards that he already passed his concussion tests.  HC Chan Gailey confirmed on Monday that Chandler is "fine."  We'll keep an eye on his practice participation this week, but it souds like Chandler will be available for Sunday's game against the 49ers.

Bills TE Scott Chandler left with a head injury in the 2nd half of Sunday's game against the Patriots.  It's likely a concussion, but we should find out more on Monday.  Chandler scored his 3rd and 4th TDs of the season before exiting.

Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick confirmed that the season-ending injury to WR David Nelson will mean a bigger role for TE Scott Chandler.  "I think in general we’re moving a little bit away from the four wide stuff this year because of what [Chandler has] been able to do, what he’s shown this offseason and what he was able to do last year," Fitzpatrick said.  "Now with David being out, we don’t really have that four wide receiver option as much as we did. We will have to lean on Scott even more. I think he welcomes that. I think that’s something we feel good about because he’s a great receiver.”  In his first full game without Nelson, Chandler hauled in 2 of 5 targets for 53 yards and a TD.  He's now scored in each game this season -- and has 8 TDs in his last 16 games.  Consider Chandler a rock-solid TE2 in fantasy.

Bills insider Joe Buscaglia calls TE Scott Chandler the runner-up MVP of training camp (he gave the MVP to S Jairus Byrd).  "Easy catches, tough catches in traffic -- it doesn't matter," Buscaglia writes.  "Chandler has roped everything in and become one of Ryan Fitzpatrick's favorite two targets. He looks primed to have a better season than his last one."  Chandler went for 389 yards and 6 TDs in 14 games last year, finishing 18th in fantasy points per game.  He's part of a deep group of TE2s this season, and it's tough to see him entering fantasy-starter range.  Still, with an ADP outside the first 15 rounds, he's a nice end-game pick if you draft a stud TE early on.

2 years ago

Bills TE coach Pete Metzelaars sees TE Scott Chandler as an "every down" player.  "He’s a big physical guy who can run as well," Metzelaars said.  "He catches the ball great. A lot of people do not give him credit for his blocking, but I think he does that very well and can still get better at it. I think he has a huge upside."  Chandler was on the field for only 58% of Buffalo's offensive snaps last year and finished with 38 catches for 389 yards and 6 TDs.  He could build on those numbers if he truly becomes a 3-down TE.

2 years ago

The Bills have re-signed TE Scott Chandler to a 2-year deal.  He was set to become a free-agent on Tuesday.  A 4th-round pick of the Chargers back in 2007, Chandler bounced around the league before becoming Buffalo's starting TE this past season.  His 6 TDs tied a team record for most in a season by a TE, and his 38 receptions were the most by a Bills TE since 2001.  While Chandler is lacking in the athleticism department, his 6'7, 263-pound frame makes him an inviting red zone target.  He'll be a low-end fantasy backup in 2012 fantasy drafts.

Bills TE Scott Chandler appeared to aggravate his sprained ankle in Sunday's game against the Patriots.  He's been ruled out for the rest of the day.  Chandler finishes the 2011 season with 38 catches, 389 yards, and 6 TDs.

2 years ago

Bills TE Scott Chandler (ankle) is active for today's game against the Broncos.  In his first game back, he's not a recommended fantasy starter.

2 years ago

Bills TE Scott Chandler (ankle) is listed as probable for Saturday's game against the Broncos after being limited in practice all week.  He's missed the past 2 games but had totaled 169 yards on 14 receptions in his previous 3.  In his first game back, though, consider him just a mid-range TE2.

Bills TE Scott Chandler (ankle) put in his 2nd-straight limited practice on Thursday.  "It's feeling better everyday," he said afterwards. "I think I'll be out there and be fine."  Chandler will likely be a game-time call for Saturday's tilt with the Broncos.  If he plays, he'll be a risky TE2.

Bills TE Scott Chandler practiced on Tuesday for the first time since spraining his ankle a couple weeks ago.  He remains iffy for this Saturday's game against the Broncos.  "I have hopes for him playing Saturday but I’m not 100 percent sure," HC Chan Gailey said.  We'll update Chandler's status throughout the week.

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