The Buffalo Bills are overhauling the tight end position and are adding a former offensive lineman as an option on the end of the line.
The team just added another former Bengal who also shows up as a tight end, although this player has spent his career elsewhere on the offensive line.
As a fun anecdote, I was writing about Jake Fisher being a cool option to sign. Apparently the Bills thought the same.
Fisher has spent his career as a lineman and has had several targets in the passing game. He is seeking to move to tight end on a full-time basis and lost weight this offseason in order to achieve that goal.
He was in Buffalo for a workout today and it seems the team liked what he showed after slimming down and switching positions.
Fisher shows up as a blocking tight end who could also be targeted at times in the passing game. He stands 6-foot-6 and is down under 300 pounds as he seeks to change positions.
This is a nice low-risk signing for Brandon Beane and the Bills. Fisher comes in as a project and will have the whole offseason to improve his technique as a tight end. The interesting thing with him is that his blocking should be better than other tight ends on the market, and even those available in the draft.
So if it comes down to keeping one tight end for blocking purposes, Fisher has the advantage. He also serves as a cool piece in the offense for Brian Daboll. If Fisher is mainly blocking, Daboll could use him on some players that catch opposing defenses off guard.
Beane has not added a superstar to the offense. Instead, he has added a ton of pieces who will show up and compete for roster spots in 2019. The goal is to get as much talent in camp as possible, so it seems like a no-brainer to give Fisher a shot at what is a thin position in terms of talent.