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First String—Scott Chandler (injured)
Second String—Dorin Dickerson, Lee Smith
Third String—Mike Caussin, Joe Sawyer
There is a trend starting to develop as we look at offensive skill positions, and it is not a positive one. Other than at running back, the new coaching staff will be doing a whole bunch of rebuilding across the board on offense.
Upgrades at quarterback, wide receiver, offensive line and even at tight end are all necessary for this Bills team to compete in the near future.
Scott Chandler has been an effective player since coming to Buffalo three years ago and provided them with a big target in the red zone. He has 83 catches and 12 TD in two years as the Buffalo starter, which has given them some production from someone other than Steve Johnson.
Chandler is also effective as a blocker.
However, he suffered a torn ACL in Week 16 and there has been no real news about the timetable for his return. Also, even if Chandler does return before the season, will he be the player he was before the injury? The question is of legitimate concern for the Bills.
Dorin Dickerson is a shifty pass-catcher, but he is virtually a wide receiver. Some places have Dickerson listed on the depth chart as a fullback, but he is not an effective blocker.
Lee Smith, Mike Caussin and Joe Sawyer have been primarily blockers and special teams guys since coming to the team. There should not be much change in their duties moving forward.
Buffalo has been in talks with Fred Davis, an unrestricted free agent from Washington, but he is also coming off a serious injury which ended his 2012 season early. Davis was an up-and-coming tight end after a breakout 2011 season, but he needed to have a better season in a contract year to get the big money.
Instead he got hurt.
If Davis is willing to take a one-year deal to prove that he is healthy, then Buffalo should jump on that to fill out the position.