Entering the 2017 NFL Season, the Buffalo Bills have plenty of decisions to make before the start of the season. With training camp and the preseason now just around the corner, it will be interesting to see how these on and off the field decisions are made and what effect they are likely to have on the short term future in Buffalo.
As it pertains to the team’s roster for the upcoming season, decisions are quickly looming with roster cuts and depth chart moves likely to come. Continuing our new series, we will take a look each day at a positional group on the Buffalo Bills roster and what the outlook appears to be as well as make our own predictions on how things will turn out.
Continuing our new series today, we will take a look at what the future holds for the Buffalo Bills at the tight end position.
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Starter: Charles Clay
Failing to land a string of veteran tight ends this offseason, the Buffalo Bills will once again take the field this season with Charles Clay as the team’s starter. Despite performing way below where the team believed he would be when they first signed him, Clay remains the team’s most talented option at the position. With a lot of youth behind him, expect Clay to once again dominate the snap count at tight end.
Second String: Nick O’Leary
Once again, the amount of youth in the Buffalo Bills current tight end corps is amazing. Without much talent in that group though, the player with the most time on the team should stand out. Earning the backup and number two tight end spot should be Nick O’Leary. Earning some playing time last season, look for O’Leary to once again be a solid role player this season for the Bills.
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Third String: Logan Thomas
A former college quarterback and NFL backup at the position, Logan Thomas could not make the transition to the NFL. Moving to the tight end position due to his size, Thomas is still looking to find a role in the NFL. Bouncing from team-to-team, Thomas may find a third string spot in Buffalo due to the lack of talent this deep on the team’s depth chart.
Fighting for Roster/Practice Squad Spots: Jason Croom and Keith Towbridge
Rookies that were added to the Buffalo Bills roster as undrafted free agents, Jason Croom and Keith Towbridge will be battling it out in the coming weeks to try and land either a roster spot or a spot on the practice squad this season. However, should Logan Thomas struggle, Croom or Towbridge may be able to force the issue for the number three spot on this team.
Cut: Wes Saxton
A complete unknown that has only dressed in one game with the Jets back in 2015, Wes Saxton is a long shot to even make the later weeks of the preseason. With rookies already ahead of him, Saxton likely has no shot of being with the Buffalo Bills organization come September.