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Increased role coming for Bills TE Nelson

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By Michael Blunda

Bills TE Shawn Nelson wasn't exactly a major contributor after being taken in the fourth round last season, catching just 17 passes and one touchdown in 12 games (all starts). But with the team's lack of receiving weapons heading into 2010, Nelson could be set to take on an increased role in the passing attack. From what we hear, not only is the Southern Miss product fairly secure in his starting job, but he was a busy target during offseason practices. Although the Bills have a deep stable of tight ends — including a guy they really like in Derek Schouman — who are likely to rotate depending on game situations, none of them can compare to Nelson athletically. Considering the conservative passing game that head coach Chan Gailey is expected to employ, the tight end should be utilized frequently as a receiver, especially in the red zone. If he shows improvement in Year Two, that's an area where the 6-5, 240-pound Nelson could excel.


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