Buffalo Bills tight end Scott Chandler has been unable to participate in offseason activities as he recovers from an ACL injury that required surgery in January. It couldn’t have come at a worse time for the tight end as a new offense under a new coaching staff are being implemented.
But Chandler is optimistic he will be good to go when training camp starts.
“I think the biggest thing for me then is going to be how much I can do consecutively,” Chandler said, via the team’s website. “Is it going to be three days (in a row) or will I be able to go all four days and then have a day off. I was encouraged by what I did during minicamp. I was able to do three hard days in a row of stuff and I still felt good. I think I’ll continue to progress. When we get to camp I want to be able to do what I can do at all times. I think that’s a plausible goal. I’m going to be ready to go.”
Aside from the challenge of learning a new offense and impressing a coaching staff he has another challenge. The Bills have two new quarterbacks competing for the starting job in EJ Manuel and Kevin Kolb. He has to work on timing and chemistry with both quarterbacks.
“I’ve made no bones about the relationship between a quarterback and receiver needs to be there,” Chandler said. “I’ve been with guys like (Antonio) Gates and (Philip) Rivers and obviously (Jason) Witten and (Tony) Romo and you see those kinds of relationships and that’s what it takes.
“You want to build a relationship with these guys. You want them to know when it’s man-to-man you’re the guy they want to go to. I want to be in there so they can see and the new coaching staff can see what I can do.”