Bills claim Mickey Shuler off waivers, cut Kevin Norrell

5/15/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsThe Buffalo Bills addressed their need at tight end in the seventh round of last month’s NFL draft. The Buffalo Bills again bolstered their depth at tight end this offseason by adding Mickey Shuler after he’d been waived by the Oakland Raiders earlier this week.
 
Mickey Shuler spent the bulk of the 2012 season on the Oakland Raiders’ practice squad after being released by the Minnesota Viking in the final roster cuts last year. Now Shuler will spend the 2013 season on the roster of his fifth team since joining the NFL.
 
The 6-foot-4, 247 pound Shuler was originally selected in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL draft by the Vikings and made the team out right in his rookie season. However, Shuler was cut two weeks into the 2010 season and claimed off waivers by the Miami Dolphins. The 26-year-old Shuler played all of his six career games (with two starts) for the Miami Dolphins, making just two catches for 44 yards during 2010.
 
However, Shuler was again cut ahead of the 2011 season, and though he was claimed off waivers by the Cincinnati Bengals, Shuler didn’t make the roster after failing his physical. He later returned in in November of 2011for a second stint with the Vikings and was eventually promoted of the practice squad by the end of the season.
 
A former Penn State product, Shuler was noted for his blocking skills while making 13 starts in his collegiate career for the Nittany Lions. He had 11 catches for 89 yards and a pair of touchdowns in his final season at Penn State.
 
Before adding Shuler, the Bills had four tight ends on their roster including Lee Smith, Chris Gragg, Mike Caussin and incumbent starter Scott Chandler who is coming off a surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left knee. The Bills made room on their 90-man roster for Shuler on Tuesday by placing undrafted rookie receiver Kevin Norrell on waived/injured list.
 
Norrell was a two-year starter at Stony Brook, who posted 63 catches for 1,388 yards and 15 touchdowns in his final season for the Sea Wolves.
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