KANSAS CITY, MO - Standing six-foot-seven, Scott Chandler is hard to miss. However, the Kansas City defense had a hard time finding the Bills tight end as he caught two touchdowns in Buffalo's 41-7 win on opening day.
"When you have guys like Stevie Johnson, Donald Jones, David Nelson and Roscoe out there, they sometimes forget about a guy who hadn't played that much in the NFL. They were paying attention to them and forgot about me," said Chandler.
Chandler came into the game with just one career NFL catch, but led the Bills on Sunday with five total receptions for 63 yards and his first two career touchdowns.
"I don't know if we knew they weren't going to guard me down on the goal line but that worked out too," said Chandler.
The Bills claimed the tight end late last season after he was waived by Dallas. Bills GM Buddy Nix was the Chargers assistant GM back in 2007 when San Diego drafted Chandler out of Iowa. Chandler played one game for the Chargers in 2007, spent 2009 with the Giants and 2010 in Dallas before joining Buffalo.
"You know I'm just really appreciative of the opportunity the Bills organization has given me. Buddy Nix bringing me in and coach Gailey and the offensive staff and just giving me an opportunity to get out there and play and show what I can do," said Chandler.
His emergence in the offense on Sunday gives the Bills another weapon. "Anytime you got a guy like that, that can get open and make plays like he did for us today, it's going to take pressure off of Steve, it's going to take pressure off of Fitzpatrick," said Bills running back Fred Jackson.
Chandler was not quite ready for all the attention he received after the Chiefs game. When told that his teammates were calling him a star, Chandler said, "I think that they are just joking."
The Chiefs certainly were not laughing on Sunday.