Buffalo Bills' Tight End Spot: Could Derek Schouman Be the Starter?

Danyel GeistCorrespondent IJune 7, 2009

ORCHARD PARK, NY - 2008:  Derek Schouman of the Buffalo Bills poses for his 2008 NFL headshot at photo day in Orchard Park, New York.  (Photo by Getty Images)

For years, people have been talking about how desperately the Bills need a pass-catching tight end. After the 2009 draft, many believed that they finally received their answer in Southern Miss star Shawn Nelson.

Other fans, myself included, also like what two-year veteran Derek Fine brings to the table. 

However, in a recent article on ProFootballWeekly.com, Trent Edwards is quoted as saying this:

"I think (Derek Schouman) has progressed really well through these last couple practices, and I think he's going to be a big part of our pass game."

He then went ahead and stated:

"Derek (Fine) and Jon (Stupar) and those guys are going to need to step up, as well as Shawn. But I really am feeling more and more comfortable with Schouman."

OK, not many people—if anyone at all—saw this coming. 

Now entering his third season with the Bills, Schouman recorded 15 receptions for 153 yards and a touchdown last year. Not overly impressive. But considering that he missed a chunk of games in his rookie season and sophomore year due to injuries, the stats aren't god-awful either.

The battle at tight end should be decided over the course of the next few weeks.  There may just be a surprise starter.

If Trent Edwards gives Schouman two thumbs up, who am I to argue?