By Jay Skurski
The Buffalo Bills waited until the seventh round during last month's draft to address the tight end position.
They did so again Tuesday by claiming Mickey Shuler off waivers from the Oakland Raiders. Shuler, 26, is a former seventh-round draft pick of the Minnesota Vikings in 2010. He played part of his rookie season with the Vikings before spending six games with the Miami Dolphins.
He bounced from South Florida to the Cincinnati Bengals early in the 2011 season, then re-joined the Vikings after being released by the Bengals. Finally, Shuler joined the practice squad of the Raiders, where he spent the last 11 weeks of the 2012 season.
The 6-foot-4, 247-pounder has two career catches for 44 yards with the Dolphins in his rookie year. Shuler made 13 starts in his college career at Penn State but was used by the Nittany Lions mostly in a blocking role in two-TE sets. Blocking was viewed as his strength coming out of college.
To make room for Shuler on the roster, the Bills put wide receiver Kevin Norrell on the waived/injured list.