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Tight end help arrives

PITTSFORD -- The happiest player at Bills camp is Jonathan Stupar because he is no longer the last man standing at tight end.

The Bills have given Stupar some much-needed help the past two days, signing J.P. Foschi on Monday and adding rookie free agent Andrew George today. Both bring some good receiving ability.

The 6-foot-4, 265-pound Foschi has played for three other teams. His last stop was Cincinnati, where he caught a career-high 27 passes for 260 yards and two touchdowns last season. He's also known as a sturdy run blocker.

George (6-4, 251 pounds) was a second-team All-Mountain West Conference selection as a senior at Brigham Young despite playing behind Dennis Pitta, a fourth-round draft pick of the Baltimore Ravens. George caught 70 passes for 827 yards and 11 touchdowns in 38 career games. He signed with the Carolina Panthers after the draft, but was released in June.

The Bills' tight end numbers reached a dangerous low with all the injuries. Shawn Nelson is out indefinitely with a pulled leg muscle and Derek Schouman is sidelined three to six weeks with a knee injury. Michael Matthews was placed on the waived/injured list Monday, one day after going down in practice with an ankle or foot injury. Head coach Chan Gailey said Matthews' injury was severe enough that the team couldn't keep him on the roster because he is looking at a long recovery period.

Foschi and George certainly picked the right team to land with because they both have a great chance to make the final roster. Nelson is facing a four-game suspension to start the season and Schouman might end up on injured reserve or released. So as long as Foschi and George can stay upright, they're both likely to stick around this fall.

---Allen Wilson

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