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Bills post-draft roster reset: Tight ends

5/14/2015

Taking a look at the Buffalo Bills’ roster, which stands at 90 players following the draft and undrafted free-agent signings:

Position: Tight end

Veterans: Charles Clay, MarQueis Gray, Chris Gragg, Chris Manhertz

Drafted rookies: Nick O'Leary

Undrafted rookies: Clay Burton

Rookie camp tryouts: None

Early thoughts: Offensive coordinator Greg Roman told general manager Doug Whaley that he would like to carry as many as four tight ends on the active, 46-man roster, which is good news for both Gray and Gragg. In most other systems, they'd likely be fighting for the same spot or even off the roster entirely. In Buffalo, both players could contribute to the offense this season. The favorites to start are still Clay and O'Leary, the Mackey Award winner who had a strong rookie camp and could step in as a "Y" or in-line tight end on most plays, with Clay as the "F" or in-motion tight end. Manhertz and Burton are both vying for practice squad spots. After essentially letting go of both Lee Smith and Scott Chandler this offseason, the Bills have rebounded nicely at this position.