The Patriots have been known to pick up players that have hurt them in the past, and that trend continued when New England signed free agent tight end Scott Chandler on Friday. Chandler was recently cut by the Buffalo Bills, and the Patriots, who use many different formations that require multiple tight ends, jumped at the chance to sign a player that could create mismatches along with Rob Gronkowski and Tim Wright.
Chandler has faced the Patriots eight times in his career (2010 isn't included because he dressed but didn't play) and he totaled 28 catches, 384 yards and four touchdowns. In his career, Chandler has accumulated 182 catches, 2,120 yards and 17 touchdowns. Considering that Chandler has only started 35 of 75 games, it's impressive that he's been able to put up the numbers that he has over his seven years in the league. Interestingly enough, he started his career with San Diego before heading to Buffalo, which is similar to ex-Patriot and ex-Patriot killer Wes Welker, who was a Charger and a Dolphin before joining the Patriots.
The addition of Chandler does create a bit of a logjam at tight end, so players like Tim Wright and Michael Hoomanawanui could be potentially traded or released. Considering both have value, there is a better chance on e is traded before the draft for a late round selection. One person who will benefit from the addition of Chandler is Rob Gronkowski because Chandler will take pressure off the big All-Pro because due to his 6'7, 250 pound frame. Defense will have to pick their poison when they face the Patriots offense in 2015.
Chandler played his college ball at Iowa, redshirting his freshman before playing 37 games over the next three seasons. Chandler finished his career at Iowa with 117 catches, 1467 yards and 10 touchdowns. Chandler was a fourth round draft pick of the San Diego Chargers in the 2007 NFL Draft.
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