Bills Bubble Watch: Tony Moeaki

June, 27, 2014
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(Continuing a monthlong series analyzing players who are on the roster bubble and where they potentially fit in 2014.)

Name: Tony Moeaki

Position: Tight end

Age: 27

2013 stats: Two games (no starts), no stats.

Chance of making 53-man roster: 75 percent

Moeaki
Why he should make it: Moeaki's chances of making the cut increased when the Bills did not draft a tight end. With Scott Chandler limited this spring coming off knee surgery, Moeaki saw significant reps with the first-team offense in OTAs and minicamp. While he dropped a few more passes than one would like, the results were generally positive. He offers more athleticism than Chandler or Lee Smith and if he stays healthy could see a considerable role within the offense this season. The Bills aren't deep at tight end.

Why he shouldn't make it: Moeaki hasn't seen game action (on offense) since the 2012 season. He moved well on the practice field this spring, but he'll still need to prove his worth in preseason games this summer. If the Bills want to keep a fullback -- Frank Summers, Evan Rodriguez, or both -- and as many as six wide receivers, they may not have room to keep four tight ends. Chris Gragg leapfrogging Moeaki on the depth chart this summer would put Moeaki's roster spot in jeopardy, especially if the Bills opt to keep only three tight ends.

Closest competition: Smith, Gragg, Summers

Mike Rodak

ESPN Buffalo Bills reporter

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