Buffalo Bills Optimistic With TE Scott Chandler Ahead of ACL Rehab Schedule

By Andrew Fisher
USA Today Sports

The Buffalo Bills are going to need all of their play-makers at full strength this season to have any chance of success in the AFC East. Let’s face it, the bar is set pretty low right now in Buffalo. They’ve got a new GM, head coach, and two new quarterbacks. One of which is rookie E.J. Manuel, who figures to have quite the road ahead of him in 2013.

All young quarterbacks need a reliable tight end, and Scott Chandler will be that guy for Manuel. While Chandler still has much to prove outside the red zone and goal line situations, he’s still a great target for Manuel. He’s tall and athletic enough to out maneuver most defenders in the end zone, and he’s proven it with 12 touchdowns over the past two seasons in Buffalo.

The problem? Chandler tore his ACL in week 16 last year, and he’s currently on the road to recovery. But, the good news is, that it seems the rehab is going very well.

“The knee feels really good. I feel great. Running routes you could probably tell it’s not 100 percent, but it’s better than most so I feel good,” said Chandler.

In addition, the Bills’ tight end said he thinks it’s realistic he can be ready for training camp. This is of course very encouraging news for Buffalo fans, because he’s no doubt their best weapon at the position.

Whether or not Chandler can be ready for training camp, isn’t that big of deal. It sounds like he’ll play a good majority of 2013 either way, and odds are he’ll be back to near 100% by week six or so.


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