TE Scott Chandler - Free Agent
|6-7, 260||Born: 7-23-1985||College: Iowa||Drafted: Round 4, pick 2007|
2015 Week 1 vs PIT (1 / 1 / 1 / 1 rec)
Though Chandler wasn't targeted much, he did see a target on the 1 that led to a touchdown. Chandler ran a flat route, caught the ball on the 1, and reached over the goal line while getting tackled to barely score. Chandler will likely be inconsistent over the years in terms of stats, but has a role on the team for sure.
2015 Week 2 vs BUF (5 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)
Though it was a revenge game and he saw 2 endzone targets, Scott Chandler wasn't able to do much with his opportunities. One of the targets in the endzone could have been a touchdown, but Chandler bobbled it enough to let a defender knock the ball away.
2015 Week 6 vs IND (3 / 2 / 39 / 0 rec)
Chandler's most notable play was an offensive pass interference call in the endzone that would have been a touchdown in his hands. Beyond that, he had a big gain of 25 yards, but not much else.
2015 Week 7 vs NYJ (2 / 2 / 34 / 0 rec)
Chandler did have a big catch of 26 yards in 1 on 1 coverage, but beyond that, he only played a handful of snaps.
2015 Week 10 vs NYG (3 / 1 / 1 / 1 rec)
The good news was Chandler's easy short touchdown catch off play action at the goal line. The bad news was his drop of a deep ball that most receivers should catch with ease. Once again, Chandler played a limited role in the passing game.
2015 Week 11 vs BUF (2 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Scott Chandler may be forced to play more snaps in the future because of injury. Against the Bills, however, he was next to useless.
2015 Week 12 vs DEN (11 / 5 / 58 / 1 rec)
Scott Chandler played a big role against the Broncos with all the injuries to the Patriots receiving corps. If Rob Gronkowski is out for an extended period, this role becomes even bigger. Chandler started off the game slowly, dropping two passes and getting benched for a few plays. However, he made some critical catches, particularly on the final drive of regulation. Chandler's touchdown was a simple straight line with shoddy zone coverage.
2015 Week 13 vs PHI (7 / 4 / 61 / 1 rec)
Chandler mixed the good with the bad, as usual. He had a nice contested catch early in the game, and did score a touchdown on a corner route. He also helped James White score his touchdown, as Chandler was a focal point by the defense in the red zone due to his size. However, he mixed in his usual dropsies here and there. Until Gronk is healthy, he's the guy, for better or for worse.
2015 Week 14 vs HOU (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Chandler wasn't targeted at all with Gronk back in the fold.
2014 Week 1 vs CHI (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Chandler only received one target on Sunday, coming on the Bills opening drive. Chandler flashed across the middle and had a step on the coverage, but the throw was slightly behind him and Chandler couldn't pull the pass in.
2014 Week 2 vs MIA (2 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)
After a disappointing Week 1 that saw no catches, Scott Chandler finally found the stat sheet on two targets. One short catch for five yards, Chandler's other catch went for 22 yards and was a thing of beauty. Chandler initially worked an out route before turning up field at the sideline. Jason Trusnik did his best to keep up in coverage, but Chandler's effort was just too much to overcome, as was the perfectly placed throw. In order to reach the toss Chandler was forced to really stretch out to reach the throw and it initially appeared he wasn't able to keep grounded in order to make contact with the ball. However, replay showed not only did Chandler stretch and make the catch; he also dragged both feet as he did so to complete the catch before going out of bounds. Coming on 3rd down, the play moved the Bills well into Dolphin territory and led directly to a scoring opportunity.
2014 Week 3 vs SD (5 / 5 / 74 / 0 rec)
Chandler caught all five targets with half of his yards coming on a broken play where Chandler was initially in pass protection and wasn't even running a route. Looking like he was going to be sacked, Manuel slipped free and found Chandler waiting just off the line of scrimmage. Chandler caught the short toss and had no defender within 15 yards as he rumbled down the middle of the field for 37 yards. Very much a safety net for Manuel on his next two catches, neither going for more than seven yards; Chandler finished off his day with two garbage time grabs on the Bills final drive. Running down the seam, and facing a lax pass defense, Chandler picked up 22 yards and absorbed a pretty tough hit in the process. Not known for his blocking, Chandler picked up a rather damaging holding call in the first half. Not only did the penalty wipe out a 29-yard run from Spiller, but also knocked the Bills out of Chargers territory.
2014 Week 4 vs HOU (5 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
Chandler only caught two balls on Sunday as both came on the first scoring drive. After EJ Manuel did a tremendous job spinning out of a sack, he was able to find Chandler for 10 yards on a 3rd and 4 as the tight end worked to the sideline. Manuel went right back to Chandler the following play on a shallow crosser. The play only went for five yards, but more importantly Chandler took a shot to his legs and was visibly limping as he ran off the field.
2014 Week 5 vs DET (6 / 4 / 21 / 0 rec)
Chandler caught four of his six targets, but outside of a 16-yard gain the other three catches only went for five total yards. Locked in man coverage with a linebacker, Chandler was able to simply run away from the backer as Orton easily completed the short throw. Able to turn up field with the coverage behind him, Chandler turned the shallow toss into a nice catch and run.
2014 Week 6 vs NE (9 / 6 / 105 / 0 rec)
Scott Chandler led the team in receiving yards as it was clear the Patriots defensive backfield had no answer for him. Chandler picked up 17 yards on his first catch as he worked down the seam. The throw was on the money, but most impressive was Chandler holding on through the hit as the safety delivered a scary shot to Chandler's knees. The coverage was clearly confused on Chandler's next catch as he picked up 28 yards on the nicely designed wheel route as he ran essentially uncovered. After picking up seven yards on a shallow crosser, Chandler wowed with his next catch. With the coverage draped all over him, Chandler could only get his left hand free as the Orton's throw arrived. Chandler was able to corral the pass, secure it to his body and maintain control through contact with the ground with essentially one hand. The connection went for 22 yards and helped moved the Bills deep into New England territory. Chandler and Orton hooked up one more time down the seam, this time for 18 yards as the tight end surpassed the century mark on the catch. Chandler did have one bad drop on his final target, but it proved inconsequential as the Bills ultimately reached the end zone on the drive.
2014 Week 7 vs MIN (6 / 3 / 36 / 0 rec)
Scott Chandler was limited to 36 yards on three catches, but he may have had the most important catch of the game as he picked up 24 yards on his long. Facing 4th and 20, with the game on the line, Chandler ran a simple seam route. Chad Greenway picked up the initial coverage, but because he was forced to chase he never saw Orton's throw coming. A perfect throw, Chandler didn't have to do anything but make sure he secured the catch. Two plays prior, Chandler had the opportunity to shorten the down and distance on a 2nd and 17, but couldn't haul the target in at it was just a tad too low and too far in front of him. Chandler's first catch came just before halftime as he ran a quick out and went for five yards. The Bills went back to that same play for Chandler's second catch as he picked up seven yards and a first down on the final drive of the game. Chandler was also targeted on Orton's lone interception, but the tight end could do little to help on the play as the pass was both behind Chandler and well over his head.
2014 Week 8 vs NYJ (2 / 1 / 12 / 1 rec)
Targeted twice, Scott Chandler's lone catch was a 12-yard touchdown grab for his first of the season. Running a seam route, Chandler towered over the trailing coverage and easily snatched the Orton throw as the defender never saw the pass coming because his back was to the quarterback.
2014 Week 10 vs KC (6 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec)
Chandler only caught three balls on Sunday, as his biggest impact came in a negative setting. The tight end picked up four yards on his first catch on the Bills opening drive and promptly followed that catch up with another two plays later that went for nine yards as he sat down in the zone over the middle of the field. Unfortunately Chandler essentially disappeared until he absolutely blew an opportunity to recover Bryce Brown's fumble in the end zone. The only player with a shot at recovering the loose ball, Chandler chose to pick it up instead of just diving on it. Understandably difficult for a 6' 7" man to get low enough to secure the football, Chandler pulled up too quickly and the ball ricocheted off his fingertips and out the back of the end zone for a Chief touchback. Later Chandler again entered the doghouse, picking up a questionable offensive pass interference call on a catch where he'd converted a third down. At the top of out-breaking route, Chandler certainly got physical with the defender but it's not something Rob Gronkowski or Jimmy Graham don't do every single week. Chandler should have had a touchdown in the first half, but Orton was too quick on the trigger. Chandler ran a wheel route and the Chiefs seemed to lose him in coverage. However, Orton fired the ball too high and with too much velocity as Chandler had no shot at making a play on the errant throw. Had Orton just put it on his tight end, he would have walked into the end zone untouched.
2014 Week 11 vs MIA (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Scott Chandler went without a catch on Thursday as he only received two targets. Working out immediately off the line, Chandler's first target may have had a bit too much velocity on it as it clanged off his hands on what should have been an easy completion. Later Orton and Chandler seemed to have a miscommunication with the Bills last-ditch effort to make a comeback. Chandler fired off the line down the middle of the field and gave Orton a quick look, which the quarterback clearly took for Chandler's perceived readiness. However, the tight end looked away just prior to the ball coming out and it fell incomplete as the Bills turned the ball over on downs.
2014 Week 12 vs NYJ (3 / 3 / 28 / 1 rec)
Scott Chandler caught three balls on Monday night, including a too easy 19-yard touchdown just before halftime. Working off the line of scrimmage, Chandler only had to clear the linebacker before slipping into a giant open space in the zone at the goal line. The safety didn't close quickly enough and Chandler only had to survive the shot to his backside as he broke the plane for the score.
2014 Week 13 vs CLE (3 / 3 / 2 / 0 rec)
Scott Chandler caught all three of his targets, but in a perfect microcosm of the passing attack on Sunday, only amassed two yards. Chandler was surprisingly routed wide on all three catches and never went vertical as the Browns did a tremendous job dropping him immediately.
2014 Week 14 vs DEN (11 / 8 / 81 / 0 rec)
Chandler was one of three pass catchers to receiver double-digit targets and he trailed only Sammy Watkins in yards after Orton went to the tight end heavy on the Bills final drive. After picking up four yards on the opening drive, Chandler was the target as the Bills went for it on fourth down the following drive. Chandler ran a wheel route, but the defender made a rather fortuitous play on the ball to prevent the completion. After picking up 11 yards on a underneath play, Chandler picked up eight more running a shallow crosser as he used his big body to shield the defender. Another short completion before Chandler caught a touchdown pass that was ultimately negated by an incredibly weak offensive pass interference flag. Able to work the middle of the field, especially underneath, heavy on the final drive; Chandler caught four consecutive balls as he took the Bills inside the Denver 15-yard line.
2014 Week 15 vs GB (2 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
Scott Chandler caught both targets on Sunday, one in each half, as his second proved much more critical than his first. Needing a first down in the worst way to avoid a three and out late in the 4th quarter, Chandler simply sat down in the zone just beyond the line of scrimmage. Orton correctly identified the tight end and quickly hit him, as Chandler was able to use the quick decision to pick up the first down.
2014 Week 16 vs OAK (6 / 4 / 37 / 1 rec)
Scott Chandler caught four balls on Sunday for 37 yards with 29 of it coming on his touchdown catch. Working up the seam, Chandler caught a mismatch as linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong drew the assignment. A little bit lucky as Armstrong fell down on the target, Chandler also received a much better throw from Orton as he elevated the pass allowing Chandler to use his height. Armstrong ultimately fell down before the ball ever arrived and Chandler was able to power through an attempted tackle at the goal line for the score. Earlier Orton had targeted Chandler on a very similar play, but threw the pass on much more of a line preventing the tight end from using his biggest advantage and Charles Woodson picked the pass off. All three of Chandler's other catches were underneath, with the Raiders doing a tremendous job of preventing any yards after the catch.
2014 Week 17 vs NE (1 / 1 / 20 / 0 rec)
Normally a 'Patriots killer', Chandler had a very quiet day, catching one intermediate pass for 20 yards. Beyond that, he wasn't targeted much, as Kyle Orton spread the ball around and mixed the running game in liberally.
2013 Week 1 vs NE (6 / 4 / 38 / 0 rec)
Chandler tied with a team-high six targets, catching four including a long of 19 yards. Running down the seam, Chandler made a nice catch on the play despite taking a massive hit. Like Johnson, one of Chandler's biggest plays was a missed opportunity. Chandler was able to get behind the coverage on 1st down and Manuel delivered a beautiful touch pass over the defense, but Chandler couldn't make the catch.
2013 Week 2 vs CAR (6 / 3 / 10 / 0 rec)
Chandler caught three of six targets for a paltry 10 yards. Chandler's most relevant play was probably on the Bills opening drive where Manuel badly missed the TE on what more than likely would have been a TD if the throw had been accurate. Chandler was used as a release in the flat and just doesn't possess enough athleticism to turn those into bigger gains.
2013 Week 3 vs NYJ (6 / 5 / 79 / 1 rec)
With only six targets, Chandler was second on the team with five targets and caught the team's lone TD. Manuel's safety valve the majority of the time, Chandler finally found some space on what appeared to be blown coverage by the Jets. Working off the line of scrimmage, Chandler worked outside the LB who appeared to expect safety help. Manuel recognized the lapse as Chandler ran free and easily completed the pass. With no defender near, Chandler simply turned and took a couple steps before diving into the end zone. Manuel found his TE on another nice connection on the Bills final threatening drive of the game. Chandler ran a deep out and with the defender trailing; Manuel threw a perfect toss just over the coverage and into Chandler's fingertips. The play went for 17 yards and turned a 3rd and 24 into a much more manageable 4th down.
2013 Week 5 vs CLE (6 / 4 / 49 / 0 rec)
Chandler was second on the team in every receiving category, including six targets. Like the rest of the receiving group, there wasn't much in the passing game for the tight end. Chandler's longest catch came on a pass that he wasn't even targeted on as the pass was meant for Johnson. Johnson could only deflect it as did the defender behind Johnson before Chandler made a spectacular juggling catch on the play. The ball was ultimately behind him, but Chandler managed to tip the ball out in front of himself and eventually haul it in for a 20-yard pickup. Chandler also drew a pass interference penalty in the end zone on Buffalo's final TD drive of the game.
2013 Week 6 vs CIN (4 / 2 / 47 / 1 rec)
Chandler did a nice job with his four targets, including two very important catches. Trailing by 14 in the 4th quarter, Chandler was gifted a matchup with DE Carlos Dunlap as he ran down the seam on 4th down. Leaving Dunlap in his wake, Chandler made the easy catch just outside the end zone and easily walked in without being touched. Later, as the Bills were driving to tie the game, Chandler again took advantage of another mistake in coverage. With forever in the pocket, Lewis was able to scan and rescan the field. Finally, Chandler flashed across the middle uncovered and picked up 20 yards on the reception. A mere one play later, the Bills sent the game to OT.
2013 Week 7 vs MIA (3 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
Chandler was only targeted three times, converting two into catches with a long of 12 yards. A really tough catch, Chandler was turned around by the errant throw as he ran an out. Chandler did a nice job of readjusting to pick up the 1st down on the 3rd down pass. Like most of the pass catchers on Sunday, Chandler's other catch was a quick, safe throw for six yards.
2013 Week 8 vs NO (11 / 7 / 72 / 0 rec)
Chandler was targeted 11 times in the passing game, catching seven passes including a long of 22 yards on his first catch. Chandler didn't really have much of an impact until Johnson's groin injury and caught his first pass the play following Johnson's exit. Running an out from the slot, Chandler was able to catch the short throw from Lewis and turn up field for a 22-yard gain. Lewis went right back to Chandler on his next throw and the TE turned another short toss into a 15-yard gain. Malcolm Jenkins actually brought Chandler down after nine yards, but as Chandler spun down he literally sat on Jenkins chest. The play still live, Chandler smartly stood up and picked up six more yards. Chandler just missed a TD a couple plays later as he nearly pulled in an absolute circus catch. Targeted as he reached the goal line, Chandler juggled whist battling the DB through the end zone before the two finally hit the ground and the ball fell incomplete. Chandler caught four more balls, with each coming on the same out route and none more than 11 yards. Chandler also had two huge plays attempting to block for Lewis and the passing game. While protecting Lewis' blind side, Chandler completely whiffed trying to block Junior Galette and his QB paid the price. Galette destroyed Lewis and forced a fumble on the play. Later, Lewis and Graham connected on a 55-yard touchdown, but a holding call on Chandler as he tried to seal the edge wiped the play out.
2013 Week 9 vs KC (9 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)
Chandler led the team in targets with nine, but he only managed to catch one more (three) than he dropped (two). Chandler's first drop came on the team's opening drive, on 3rd down and couldn't have been an easier catch. Running his favorite route, the out, Chandler was open and would have easily picked up the 1st down if he hadn't played the part of Dikembe Mutombo and swatted the pass down. The tight end dropped another pass, this time on the Bill's final drive as he ran an out. Chandler continued to dominate the out, as all three of his catches came on the same route, with none picking up more than 10 yards. Chandler did get one target in the end zone, but Tuel was incredibly late on the throw. Despite the tardiness, Chandler was able to draw a pass interference penalty. Chandler was also targeted on Tuel's 1st INT, but the throw was well over his head.
2013 Week 10 vs PIT (3 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)
Chandler caught all three of his targets with a long of eight yards. With the offense struggling mightily there just wasn't much for the TE as Chandler only had one catch whilst the game was still in question and racked up the other two as the Steelers sat in prevent on the final drive of the game.
2013 Week 11 vs NYJ (3 / 2 / 40 / 0 rec)
Chandler only caught two of his three targets, including an important 31-yard catch on the Bills final scoring drive. Running a crosser, Chandler was able to break the initial (very weak) attempted tackle from Ed Reed in the open field. With no defender in sight, Chandler was able to turn up field for 19 more yards on the play. Chandler's other catch went for nine yards as he played safety valve sitting in the zone in the middle of the field.
2013 Week 13 vs ATL (6 / 4 / 63 / 0 rec)
Chandler led the team in receiving yards and was second in targets/catches, but like Johnson he had a backbreaking fumble in OT on the Bills opening possession of the extra period. Working mostly the shorter routes, Chandler wasn't able to get downfield until his 3rd catch. Dragging on a shallow route across the middle, Manuel was able to hit his TE in stride. The trailing coverage fell down and Chandler turned up field on his way to 23 yards. At the time, the play was massive as it came on 3rd down and put the Bills at midfield with ample time to move into FG range. Chandler worked the seam on his final catch and appeared to again moving the offense towards midfield before disaster struck. A tremendous throw from Manuel to beat the tight coverage, Chandler snatched the throw out of the air but like Johnson wasn't able to secure the ball as the defender wrapped up. As William Moore went for the tackle, he was able to punch the ball out and again Atlanta recovered.
2013 Week 14 vs TB (3 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)
Chandler was only targeted three times on Sunday, catching two passes with a long of 15 yards on the 2nd possession of the game. The catch took the offense deep into Tampa territory, but the offense was unable to capitalize. Chandler's only other catch came in the 2nd half and only went for nine yards as he sat down in a zone pocket in the middle of the field. A bit of bad luck, but as Chandler attempted to get down field on Stevie Johnson's 31-yard catch he actually ran into the WR and appeared to limit what could have been a much bigger play.
2013 Week 15 vs JAX (5 / 5 / 54 / 0 rec)
Chandler tied for the team lead in catches and was second in targets with five. The TE's long went for 27 yards as he initially worked outside before breaking back to the middle of the field and Manuel easily connected with the wide-open TE. After the big gain, Chandler worked the shorter routes and never gained more than eight yards on any of his four other catches.
2013 Week 16 vs MIA (3 / 2 / 31 / 0 rec)
Chandler was only targeted three times, but was 2nd on the team in receiving yards including a long of 16 yards on the Bills lone TD drive. Facing a 3rd and four, Chandler was able to get inside the coverage on the shallow crossing route. Lewis delivered a perfect ball and the TE was able to make the catch and turn up field. Later, Lewis hit Chandler on a quick pop pass off a play fake. Chandler picked up 15 yards on the play.
2013 Week 17 vs NE (4 / 3 / 55 / 0 rec)
Chandler caught three of four targets, but like Graham was plagued by a bad drop at an inopportune time to kill what looked like a promising drive. His first target coming inside New England territory and on 3rd down, Chandler dragged across the middle of the field. Well beyond the marker, Lewis put the throw on the TE's hands but he was unable to adjust properly and the throw skipped off his arms incomplete forcing a punt when the Bills should have still been driving. Like Graham, Chandler finally got in the stat sheet in the 2nd half. Working the middle of the field, the TE was able to haul in the soft throw from Lewis for a 27-yard gain. Later, with the game well in hand, Chandler opened a drive with a short nine-yard catch. The following drive, Chandler hauled in a 16-yard target as he did a nice job to get both feet in bounds just before going stepping out. Lewis delivered an absolute laser right on his hands, but given the inclement weather Chandler made the tough catch look easy.
2012 Week 1 vs NYJ (6 / 4 / 38 / 1 rec)
Chandler was one of the best players in training camp for the Bills this year and he figures to be a big part of the offense all year. He caught 4 of the 6 passes thrown in his direction this week and hauled in a short touchdown late in the 3rd quarter with the game already out of reach. The season-ending knee injury to slot receiver David Nelson is going to create a lot of additional targets and opportunities for Chandler, who is a great red zone target and solid receiving tight end.
2012 Week 2 vs KC (5 / 2 / 53 / 1 rec)
Chandler picked up the slack from the loss of David Nelson as expected. He tied Steve Johnson for the team lead in targets with 5 and came through with 2 big plays. The first was a 10-yard touchdown pass over the middle, and the second was a short pass in the flat that he turned into a 43 yard gain.
2012 Week 3 vs CLE (4 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
Chandler was not quite as active in the passing game this week as he had been, finishing with just 2 catches on 4 targets for 22 yards. The Bills offense likes to spread the field and let Ryan Fitzpatrick find the open player, and this week it seemed like the receivers were having more luck finding open space.
2012 Week 4 vs NE (8 / 4 / 62 / 2 rec)
Chandler was Fitzpatrick's favourite target and the team's most consistent receiver. He repeatedly caught the football with defenders on his back or running over the middle. He did drop a first down catch on third and 12. The ball was thrown high which forced Chandler to expose his ribs to a hit from the incoming safety, Chandler should have been stronger as he anticipated the hit. He made up for it soon after with an excellent touchdown reception over Pat Chung with his outstretched hands. Chandler's second touchdown reception was very similar to the previous drop on third down. This time Chandler didn't see the safeties that would eventually hit him, and was strong stretching to make the reception. The Patriots adjusted to take Chandler out of the game after half-time.
2012 Week 5 vs SF (6 / 4 / 40 / 0 rec)
The big tight end was a favorite target of Fitzpatrick, but Chandler's lack of ability to gain any yards after the catch repeatedly hurt Buffalo. At times, Chandler looked like a lumbering tower, which has helped Buffalo in the red zone. Unfortunately, he was repeatedly targeted as a check down receiver, and without the ability to run after the catch the plays were largely wasted. His long reception of the day came on a well executed play action pass that found Chandler downfield and in space. At the end of the first half, with Buffalo trying to put points on the board, Patrick Willis was able to tear the ball out of Chandler's hand. The fumble proved costly as San Francisco promptly scored and the game was no longer competitive
2012 Week 6 vs ARI (3 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
With only three total plays in the red zone, Chandler's opportunities were severely limited. However, it is worth noting Chandler did receive three targets, all outside of the red zone, but only caught one. Abysmal throws from Fitzpatrick made two of his three targets nearly impossible to complete.
2012 Week 7 vs TEN (4 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
Chandler had a rather ho-hum game, getting only four targets and catching two for 15 yards, but he did have a 14-yard catch taken off the board by a holding call. Chandler was often the initial read on the numerous play action boots, his biggest gain of 13 yards came on such a play, but was otherwise ignored as Fitzpatrick worked the screen and quick passing game.
2012 Week 9 vs HOU (5 / 3 / 51 / 0 rec)
Chandler's fairly solid day was ruined with a bad drop on 3rd down early in the 4th quarter. Receiving five targets, Chandler caught three, including hauling in a great throw from Fitzpatrick for a 27-yard gain. Working up the seam, Chandler beat the LB coverage and managed to secure the catch in traffic prior to the safety delivering the blow. However, Chandler's day was marred by the aforementioned drop ultimately killing the drive and ending any chance Buffalo had of mounting a comeback. Sitting down in a zone, Chandler tried to turn up field before he had secured the catch. Just to add salt to the already gaping wound, the pass was delivered just as Fitzpatrick was getting smacked. Not only did Chandler drop the pass, but also his QB took a brutal shot trying to deliver it.
2012 Week 10 vs NE (8 / 5 / 65 / 1 rec)
Chandler had one of his best games as a Buffalo Bill, garnering eight targets and catching five of them (and importantly, no drops) for 65 yards with one TD. On the Bills' first TD drive, it was Chandler whom Fitzpatrick looked to, hitting him on back-to-back throws for 40 of his 65 yards. Chandler worked the seam on his first catch picking up 23 yards off the play fake before again working the middle on a deep post for 17 yards. Fitzpatrick again found Chandler over the middle on the following drive, hitting him over the middle for 13 yards before connecting again later in the drive for the three-yard TD. Chandler came off the line of scrimmage and was left uncovered as he flared out. Chandler sat in the empty space and despite bobbling the toss, finally corralled it for the TD. On the Bills' final drive, it was Chandler on the out after Jackson's fumble to pick up the big 3rd down. Chandler's final target came on the 2nd to last play as he ran a post in the end zone. Chandler had a shot at it, but would have taken a spectacularly athletic play to complete.
2012 Week 11 vs MIA (4 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec)
Chandler received four targets on Thursday, catching two for 30 yards with a long of 22 yards. Working off the play fake, Chandler worked out in to the flat and was left uncovered, picking up 22 yards on the play. Chandler picked up eight more yards on a quick shot over the middle for his 2nd and final catch. Chandler did have one target in the red zone, but was nowhere near the end zone. Later working up the seam, Fitzpatrick had his eyes again on Chandler in the red zone, but the coverage was solid, ultimately forcing a sack on the play.
2012 Week 12 vs IND (3 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec)
Just like every other pass catcher not named Johnson, Chandler's numbers were far from impressive. Chandler only picked up three targets, catching two for 26 yards. Chandler's long came on the opening play of the Bills' final drive, a 16-yard catch off the play fake to Spiller where Chandler was given free release off the line of scrimmage. Chandler converted a 3rd down on his other catch, a quick out for 10 yards.
2012 Week 13 vs JAX (4 / 1 / 11 / 1 rec)
Chandler had one catch, on four targets, with the lone completion going for 11 yards and a TD. Chandler was able to work off the line of scrimmage, get behind the coverage and make a nice catch despite the pass getting tipped. Chandler also had a bad drop early, killing the Bills' second drive. The ball was delivered perfectly, but Chandler used his body instead of his hands resulting in the drop.
2012 Week 14 vs STL (5 / 5 / 71 / 0 rec)
Second to only Johnson, Chandler caught all five targets, with a long of 23 yards. Working off the play fake early, Chandler slid behind the line of scrimmage and into the flat. Lost in the fake, Chandler was uncovered and took the short toss and picked up 20 yards on the play. The following drive, Chandler had his biggest play of the game, as he faked like he was going to work the outside. Once behind the coverage, Chandler quickly turned back up field and Fitzpatrick put the throw on Chandler's numbers for the 23-yard gain. Chandler caught two more balls, including an 11-yard gain over the middle to get the Bills into FG range, but was limited to two catches in the 2nd half, including Fitzpatrick's final completion of the game. Opening the final drive, Chandler picked up 19 yards on the opening play.
2012 Week 15 vs SEA (8 / 5 / 58 / 0 rec)
Of the few offensive bright spots on Sunday, Chandler was one of them. 2nd on the team in all receiving categories, Chandler was targeted eight times, with five catches. Chandler's long went for 21 yards and was every bit as incredible as Johnson's one handed grab. Running up the seam, Chandler was forced to reach back for the Fitzpatrick throw as it was well behind him. Chandler actually deflected the pass (intentional or not, it was good) out in front of himself before hauling it in. The sheer concentration to make the play running at full speed is quite impressive, but to do so over the middle with the league's most physical DBs are bearing down is exponentially more impressive.
2012 Week 16 vs MIA (1 / 1 / 25 / 0 rec)
Chandler only caught one ball, coming on the second play of the game. Chandler ran up the seam and the defense bumbled the coverage, collapsing on Spiller underneath. The mix-up allowed Chandler to run free and Fitzpatrick had no trouble finding the TE for the 25-yard gain. However, Chandler landed funny and immediately grabbed for his knee as he went down. Like Dickerson, the injury appeared quite serious as he was promptly put on the cart and declared out for the remainder of the game.
2011 Week 1 vs KC (5 / 5 / 63 / 2 rec)
Chandler is a huge target at 6'7, and wasn't on very many fantasy radar screens before this week. Drafted in 2007 by the Chargers, he has been passed around 4 times. Perhaps he finally found a home. Chandler ran solid routes, and used his big frame to provide a big target for Fitzpatrick. He's not an extremely athletic or fast TE, but with that size, could be a similar weapon to the Patriots big TE Gronkowski. With the addition of Chandler to this group of playmakers, the Bills look to be in very good shape when they get into the redzone.
2011 Week 2 vs OAK (4 / 2 / 16 / 1 rec)
After a breakout performance in week 1, Chandler had a quieter outing this week. He was frequently lined up the backfield as an H-back and mostly used as a blocker to open holes for the running game. Chandler did come up with one of the bigger plays of the game, however, as he hauled in a tipped pass for a 6-yard touchdown catch in a wild 4th quarter that saw 5 different lead changes. He showed great hands on that play and is clearly building trust with Fitzpatrick whenever the team gets near the goalline.
2011 Week 3 vs NE (3 / 2 / 10 / 1 rec)
Chandler was not a huge part of the offense this week as he finished with just 2 catches on 3 targets. However, he showed his value in the third quarter when Fitzpatrick looked for him on two straight plays from the 3-yard line. On the first play, the Bills ran a play-action fake but Chandler was well covered and the ball was slightly overthrown. Then, on 3rd down, the Bills spread out the Patriots with a 5-wide formation and Chandler was left wide open for an easy touchdown. With 4 touchdowns in the first 3 weeks, he's proving to be a very effective weapon in the red zone.
2011 Week 4 vs CIN (2 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)
The touchdown streak for Chandler came to an end this week as the Bills passing game was shut down by a tough Bengals defense. He caught both passes thrown to him but only picked up 8 yards on the day. This stat line was more in line with the preseason expectations we had for Chandler.
2011 Week 5 vs PHI (1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
It was another quiet day for the Bills starting TE as he was kept out of the end zone and was mainly used as a blocker. He caught his only target for a 4-yard gain.
2011 Week 6 vs NYG (1 / 1 / -3 / 0 rec)
After his white hot start to the season, Chandler continues to be a forgotten man in the Bills offense. His only target this week came on a broken play when Fitzpatrick was under heavy pressure deep in the backfield and dumped it off to Chandler for a 3-yard loss to avoid taking the sack.
2011 Week 8 vs WAS (2 / 2 / 35 / 2 rec)
After a few quiet weeks in a row, the Bills red zone specialist re-emerged this week with his second multi-TD game of the season. On the first touchdown, Chandler ran an out pattern and caught the ball in stride near the sideline before turning upfield to stretch for the pylon. On the second, the Redskins defense seemed to lose track of him and he got open for a rather easy catch in the end zone. The year is only 7 games old but Chandler has already tied the team record for touchdown catches by a TE with 6 on just 18 targets.
2011 Week 9 vs NYJ (3 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)
Chandler did not find the end zone this week but provided a dumpoff option for Fitzpatrick when he was under pressure. He caught all 3 targets thrown his way and converted them into 24 yards, with two of them coming late in the game and the Bills operating in their hurry up offense.
2011 Week 10 vs DAL (3 / 3 / 34 / 0 rec)
Chandler had 3 catches for 34 yards in the game and looked very good on a couple of them. On the first, he made a short catch over the middle on a crossing pattern and turned into an 18-yard gain. On the second, the Bills ran play action and Fitzpatrick rolled out to hit an open Chandler for a nice 15-yard gain. He appears to have enough talent and ability to take on a bigger role in the offense if they ever decide to use him as more than a red zone weapon.
2011 Week 11 vs MIA (6 / 5 / 71 / 0 rec)
Chandler was perhaps the lone bright spot in a blowout loss for the Bills. He led all players in the game with 5 catches and 71 yards, and generally looked impressive making plays downfield. Unfortunately, however, the vast majority of his production came against a prevent defense in the second half. Regardless, the injuries at receiver and on the offensive line could make him a bigger part of the offense going forward.
2011 Week 12 vs NYJ (7 / 6 / 50 / 0 rec)
Chandler had his second strong game in a row as a receiver this week. Although he didn't find the end zone, he looked very efficient on his routes and showed great hands with 6 catches on 7 targets. The injuries at the receiver position are forcing him to play a bigger role on offense and he has responded well thus far.
2011 Week 13 vs TEN (4 / 3 / 48 / 0 rec)
Chandler had another solid outing for the Bills this week as he caught 3 of the 4 passes thrown his way and converted them into 48 yards. The only target he missed on was actually tipped at the line. Unfortunately, he was victimized on a key fumble in the second half when he was fighting for extra yards with about 4 Titans defenders and had the ball stripped out. He reportedly suffered a sprained ankle on the play but managed to play through it.
2011 Week 16 vs DEN (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
After missing the past two games with an ankle injury, Chandler returned to action this week. He wasn't fully healthy, however, and came off the bench as Mike Caussin got a chance to start. Chandler got a chance to play after Caussin left with an injury, but did not come up with a catch on two targets.
2011 Week 17 vs NE (3 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)
Chandler was back in the starting lineup this week and looked good early on. Unfortunately, he was forced to leave the game in the first half with an injury.
2010 Week 15 vs MIA (1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Mainly a blocker but caught a short ball in the 2nd quarter on a drive that eventually ended in a FG for the Bills. Safety valve on the play and Fitz found him. It was his 1st catch of the season.