Buffalo Bills Undrafted Free Agent Profile: TE Jalen Wydermyer
Jalen Wydermyer was a prospect that appeared to have a good chance to be drafted last month. He ultimately wasn’t and the Buffalo Bills signed him as an undrafted free agent. Let’s take a closer look at the player and what his role might be this year with the team.
Weight: 255 pounds
Jalen Wydermyer played three seasons at Texas A&M and made an impact almost immediately. As a freshman in 2019, Wydermyer had 32 receptions, 447 receiving yards, and six touchdowns. He made steady progress in his second season improving his receptions to 46 and receiving yards to 506 while adding another six touchdowns.
Last year, Wydermyer had similar stats once again as his receptions dropped to 40 but his receiving yards increased to 515 with four receiving touchdowns.
It is also worth noting that some of Wydermyer’s best games in college came against Alabama, which is arguably the top college program in the country. As a freshman, he had three receptions, 49 receiving yards, and two touchdowns and followed it up with eight receptions and 82 yards in 2020.
This past season, Wydermyer would finish with three receptions, 73 receiving yards, and a touchdown against Alabama.
Scouting Report on Bleacher Report
"Overall, Wydermyer has the size and strength to be an in-line TE in the NFL. But his route-running ability on third down might always be limited due to his lack of quick-twitch speed. He will need to continue to refine his blocking technique to reach his ceiling as a player. He also will need to work on his overall effort and competitiveness on a down-to-down level to carve out a role at the next level."
How does he fit with the Buffalo Bills in 2022?
While Wydermyer may have the best chance of making the 53-man roster, he might be better suited on the practice squad this season. As the scouting report on Bleacher Report notes, he has to work on plenty of areas, and a full season fine-tuning some of these areas could set him up to make an impact in 2023.
After this season, the Buffalo Bills have some questions at the position with no tight end on the roster under contract past this year. Dawson Knox is a player that would seem to be a likely candidate for an extension but the Bills may not have the cap space to get that done.
This is why adding a player like Jalen Wydermyer makes plenty of sense as he is someone that they can develop with a chance to compete for a roster spot at the position next offseason.