Notre Dame tight end to visit Bills

Buffalo signed Courtney Anderson in free agency, but look for another tight end to be added to the roster in the draft. Notre Dame's John Carlson will work out for the Bills, a league source said.

Trent Edwards and J.P. Losman are two completely different quarterbacks.

While Losman preferred the deep ball, Edwards is a prototypical pocket passer that loves to locate tight ends underneath.

Now that Edwards is the unquestioned starter, Buffalo is slowly catering to his strengths. Out is block-first tight end Michael Gaines. In is the once-promising athletic pass-catching, Courtney Anderson.

By April 26, another tight end will probably join Anderson and the incumbent, Robert Royal. A league source told Tim Yotter of on the network that Notre Dame's John Carlson has a visit scheduled with Buffalo on March 25-26. He also has a workout set for March 21 with Atlanta, which lost Alge Crumpler this off-season.

Unlike the pure pass-catching Fred Davis from USC and the physically enticing Martellus Bennett of Texas A&M, Carlson is an "old school" tight end that does a little bit of everything. Carlson has reliable hands - he caught 87 passes in his junior and senior seasons at Notre Dame - and he has a knack for settling into holes underneath.

Carlson's senior season was scarred by poor quarterback play, as Jimmy Clausen and Evan Sharpley struggled miserably through the Fighting Irish's 3-9 season. He averaged only 9.3 yards per reception on 40 receptions. But Carlson's draft stock will most likely be based on his junior season, when he clicked with Brady Quinn. Like Edwards, Quinn prefers underneath routes. And Carlson shined. He caught 47 passes for 634 yards and four touchdowns his junior season. Carlson was also a dependable extra blocker in Notre Dame's run game.

He doesn't have the game-breaking qualities of USC's Davis, but the 6-foot-5, 255-pound Carlson is someone that will probably slip to Buffalo in the second round. What the Bills do at the 11th overall pick will probably dictate their move in Round 2. Taking a cornerback may prompt the Bills to take the best available wide receiver in the second.

Another factor is that Atlanta does hold the 37th overall pick in the second round, four spots ahead of the Bills. If Buffalo does become dead-set on Carlson, it may need to either trade down in the first or trade up in the second.

Still, the impression Carlson makes in a few days will be crucial. The Bills need a tight end, and Carlson's style fits Edwards' tendencies. Despite a lackluster TE group last season, Edwards often settled with the seven- or eight-yard completion to Gaines or Royal, rather than risk the deep route.

And who knows - everything may be a smokescreen. We'll keep you updated daily on any developments.

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