2015 Player Profile: Tyson Chandler


Tyson Chandler, an undrafted rookie OT from NC State University, is not to be confused with the NBA’s Tyson Chandler, the 7″1′ Center from the Dallas Mavericks. This Chandler may be getting an exciting opportunity to play with the Buffalo Bills this season, according to buffalobills.com. 

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Although Chandler wasn’t picked in the 2015 NFL draft, he was soon sought after by several teams following the event, including the Buffalo Bills. Luckily for us Buffalo fans, Chandler chose to play for Rex Ryan’s team in hopes to improve their hole-filled offensive line.

He recently told buffalobills.com that he is excited to practice against the defensive greats, Mario Williams and Jerry Hughes, during OTAs.

"“It doesn’t get much better than Mario Williams and Jerry Hughes. When I first got here I was a bit starstruck but now it’s simply all about going out there and blocking them.”"

Chandler, from North Plainfield, New Jersey, has not only the perfect size for a right or left tackle position (6’7″ and 354 pounds) but he also has the perfect arm length of 37 inches. During his 35 starts at NC State University, he played mostly at the right tackle position but has been working on both positions during the Bills OTAs thus far.

"“It’s also been great to work at both left and right tackle to show how dynamic I am and how I can help in multiple areas. I’m going to continue to work my butt off because I understand how great of an opportunity I have here.”"

When Chandler graduated high school he was ranked the #12 best post-graduate player in the nation by Rivals.com. Then, this 24-year old went on to sign with NC State in 2009 and after beginning his Junior year (2013) with an injury, he started 11 games at right tackle.

So is Chandler going to get a chance to play with the Bills? Right now it’s hard to tell. One thing that’s certain is that he is impressing his coaches and fellow teammates, including LT Cordy Glenn. When talking to buffalobills.com Glenn was complimentary of Chandler, who has been spending extra time with Buffalo’s offensive line coach Aaron Kromer.

"“He’s catching onto everything. Being a rookie the biggest thing for him is just playing fast and not slowing down because of mental confusion. From everything that I’ve seen, he’s continued to do his job over and over.”"

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