Chandler not taking anything for granted with Bills
by Joe Buscaglia,posted Aug 3 2012 10:07AM
It's been a long road for Buffalo Bills tight end Scott Chandler to get to the road he's on now. Drafted by the San Diego Chargers in 2007, Chandler had trouble sticking around there and elsewhere around the NFL.
Appearing on The Howard Simon Show Friday morning, the tight end said he was definitely tested on the mental side of it all.
"I mean, when you get cut four times you do start to doubt your football abilities a little bit," Chandler remarked. "I think that's only natural to do, but you can't lose your confidence. That was something I never did lose. You start to think, 'What am I doing wrong here?' But you just gotta to stick to your guns there, and if an opportunity presents itself you have to take advantage of it. Luckily for me, I was able to stick around long enough for that opportunity to come up."
The olive branch extended to him by the NFL came by way of western New York and the Buffalo Bills in December of 2010 -- just days after Chandler received word he'd been cut for the fourth time.
Following stints with the Chargers, New York Giants and twice the Dallas Cowboys, Chandler got a new lease on life and found a home with Chan Gailey, Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Bills.
"It was a breath of fresh air for sure," he said. "Bouncing around those first four years was a little tough on me. I know it was really tough on my wife. We have two little girls and she was having to chase me around because I was bouncing around all over the place. Yeah, it was really nice last year just to have a home, get a lot of playing time and to re-sign here was a dream."
After a season in which he not only started for the first time, but tied the franchise record for touchdowns by a tight end, the Bills were happy to bring him back on a two-year contract.
Gailey has noted that Chandler is one of the two players that have been most in sync with Fitzpatrick through the early portions of training camp at St. John Fisher College. If that continues, Chandler could figure to have a big season as a part of an offense that started off with a bang in 2011.
You can hear the entire interview with Chandler below: