To say that Scott Chandler has resurrected his career over the last three seasons, would be huge understatement. Prior to joining the Buffalo Bills in 2011, Chandler’s NFL career as at best on life support. After being selected in the fourth round by the Chargers way back in 2007, the TE basically just became a practice squad member for several years. Coming into his first season with Buffalo, he had recorded just one catch.
Now here we are before the 2014 season, and Chandler is one of the better red zone TEs in football. Since joining the Bills three years back, he’s hauled in 14 TD passes. Buffalo clearly views him as a valuable commodity, because they’ve now re-upped him for another two years.
As of the writing of this article, financial terms of the deal are not available. However, it’s safe to assume that Chandler isn’t going to break the bank.
So now that we know the TE will back in Buffalo, what’s next for him?
Most fans will looking for Chandler to significantly elevate his game in the coming years. Although he’s proven in the red zone, he still has a lot of developing to do in other areas. He needs to take his game to the next level by becoming a pass-catching threat outside of the 20-yard line and he also needs to work on his chemistry with EJ Manuel.
Tight ends have long been safety valves in the NFL and Chandler could be a great one for the young QB. Manuel’s knee injury during his rookie season stunted his growth as a QB, and at the same time, it slowed the development of chemistry between him and his pass-catchers.
Scott Chandler is the real deal. It turns out that the Chargers weren’t way off base when they selected him back in 2007. Now, it’s time to see if he can elevate his game even further in 2014 and beyond.