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TE Nick OLeary - Buffalo Bills

6-3, 252Born: 8-31-1992College: Florida StateDrafted: Round 6

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Week 12: at Kansas City Chiefs

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FBG says: Good matchup. Mercifully, Tyrod Taylor has been reinstalled as the Bills' starter. It took a truly disastrous showing from rookie Nathan Peterman - just 4.71 yards per attempt and 5 interceptions - for coach Sean McDermott to realize the folly of replacing Taylor, a marginal but effective passer, for a late-round rookie on a hunch. Taylor isn't a dynamic passer, nor a particularly efficient one, but he's the clear-cut best choice here in 2017. He mostly avoids turnovers, and he already carries rapport with most his weapons, namely LeSean McCoy, Charles Clay, and rookie wideout Zay Jones. (New addition Kelvin Benjamin may be set to lose time to a knee injury.) We can expect more of the same - a modest 6.60 yards per attempt and 3.9% touchdown rate, yet difference-making rushing totals - going forward, albeit with a shorter leash. The Kansas City pass defense, a major sore spot through the season's early going, has enjoyed a noticeable boost over the last three weeks. Still, the successes have come against a handful of bottom-tier passing games, and they haven't been enough to keep them from the league's bottom five in yardage allowed. Aside from All-Pro Marcus Peters, the cornerbacks have been atrocious in coverage, and opposing wideouts have caught a league-high 15 touchdowns against them. Buffalo lacks the firepower to truly best this defense, but if Tyrod Taylor throws with any real volume Sunday, his ceiling is definitely elevated.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRECYDTDFumLPts
8 vs OAK 54 1 5 0 0 0.5
9 at NYJ 58 4 51 0 1 4.1
10 vs NO 19 1 7 1 0 6.7
11 at LAC 34 1 8 0 0 0.8
12 at KC PROJ-Dodds * 1 * * * *
12 at KC PROJ-Tremblay * 2 * * * *
12 at KC PROJ-Bloom * 1 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 10 vs NO (2 / 1 / 7 / 1 rec)

Nick O'Leary's lone catch was a seven-yard touchdown reception on a garbage time pass from Nathan Peterman late in the fourth quarter. With Charles Clay's return from injury, O'Leary was relegated to TE2 duties in the Buffalo offense.

2017 Week 9 vs NYJ (5 / 4 / 51 / 0 rec)

Nick O'Leary made a nice catch on a crossing route, and appeared to be down by contact on the play. However, there was no whistle and O'Leary got off the ground to run after the catch, and was subsequently stripped of the ball and the Jets recovered. O'Leary has dependable hands, but is not a dynamic athlete to create much after the catch.

2017 Week 8 vs OAK (3 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Nick O'Leary's lone catch was on a check down across the middle for 5 yards. He was also targeted in the red zone but the ball was into a contested area, and thrown too high for Nick O'Leary to catch. This is the second straight week where Buffalo has gone away from the tight end screen game that was featured when Charles Clay was healthy.

2017 Week 7 vs TB (2 / 2 / 58 / 0 rec)

Nick O'Leary caught both of his targets for 58 yards. O'Leary stretched the seam on his first catch showing solid hands on a highpoint catch. His other target was a check down where he ran after the catch for 32 yards. Prior to Charles Clay's injury, Buffalo's offense featured designed tight end screen for Clay. In relief of Clay who was injured during week 5, O'Leary ran similar screen routes that were in the game plan. However, this week, there were no such screen plays in the game plan, and O'Leary's work was more of a role player than a feature piece of the offense.

2017 Week 5 vs CIN (6 / 5 / 54 / 0 rec)

Nick O'Leary capitalized on absence of Charles Clay with a team high five catches for a team high 54 yards. O'Leary was a reliable but non- dynamic option in the passing game. He is at best an average athlete at the position, and gained what was open, but is not expected to create more for Buffalo's offense. O'Leary was the clear replacement for Clay after Clay left with an injury.

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Schedule

12@ Kansas City Chiefs
13vs New England Patriots
14vs Indianapolis Colts
15vs Miami Dolphins
16@ New England Patriots
17@ Miami Dolphins