Bills’ Chandler making quick comeback
TE is running routes early in his rehab
By Mark Gaughan | News Sports Reporter | @gggaughan
on May 23, 2013 - 11:47 PM
updated May 24, 2013 at 12:27 AM
Buffalo Bills tight end Scott Chandler sure did not look Thursday like a guy who just 4½ months ago was laying on an operating table having major knee surgery.
Chandler was running brisk pass routes and catching throws from rookie quarterback Jeff Tuel in the Bills’ fieldhouse after the team’s spring practice. If you looked closely maybe you could have seen that his cuts were not as sharp as normal. Maybe. He was running hard. He looked good, and he came off the field in a full sweat.
“The knee feels really good,” Chandler said. “I feel great. Running routes, you guys saw, I don’t know that it’s 100-percent but it’s better than most so I’m feeling good.”
Chandler’s full return by the time the Bills open the season in September is important to the team’s offense.
At 6-foot-7 and 263 pounds, he is a big target with a huge wingspan and a security blanket for Buffalo’s quarterbacks. That’s especially key given the Bills’ youth at the wide receiver position, where Stevie Johnson returns as the only sure-fire, proven commodity.
Chandler caught a career-high 43 passes last season, tied for second most on the team. His 571 receiving yards were second only to Johnson’s 1,046. He has 12 touchdown catches over the past two years, the most ever by a Bills tight end over a two-year stretch.
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