- Tim MacMahon, ESPN Staff Writer
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IRVING, Texas – Tight end Scott Chandler bounced between the bottom of the roster and the practice squad during his tenure with the Cowboys.
Now he’s near the top of the NFL leaders in touchdown catches.
Buffalo picked up Chandler off waivers when the Cowboys tried to move the Southlake Carroll product back to the practice squad in December last year. He’s blossomed with the Bills this season.
The 6-foot-7, 263-pound Chandler is a major reason the Bills rank second in the NFL in red-zone efficiency, having scored on six of his 18 receptions for the Bills this season. Detroit’s Calvin Johnson is the only player with more touchdown catches.
“He is very smart about how to play the game,” Bills coach Chan Gailey said of Chandler. “He’s a huge target. He runs the routes the way we ask him to run them and he’s in the right spot. When you’ve got a big target that can catch the ball, you can put it in a lot of places and he’ll come down with it. He’s been able to fool them and get in the right spots and make plays.
“I don’t think I envisioned that to be honest with you, coming into the season. I hoped he might be a weapon down there, but he’s turned out to be even better than I thought.”
Chandler has turned into the type of weapon the Cowboys, who rank second to last in red-zone efficiency, expected Martellus Bennett to become. Bennett, by the way, has four touchdowns in 54 career games and none since 2008.