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Chris Gragg's Rookie Journal: Chapter 3

By Tim Graham

PITTSFORD -- Chris Gragg probably didn't stand out to those who watched the Buffalo Bills' intrasquad scrimmage Monday night.

Over 90 minutes and 100-some plays, Bills quarterbacks targeted him only once. Gragg had zero receptions.

Gragg would've preferred to make a stronger impression. The seventh-round draft choice is fighting for a roster spot at tight end and never can be entirely certain where he stands.

That's life as an NFL rookie.

But a smile crossed Gragg's mug today when he noted he took 48 reps, more than any other Bills tight end Monday night. He's unsure what that means, but it's certainly not a bad thing.

Last year's starter, Scott Chandler, has been limited in his return from reconstructive knee surgery, and Mike Caussin has been sidelined again. Dorin Dickerson made the most plays at tight end Monday night.

"I did a lot of blocking," Gragg said as part of his periodic rookie journal for "I didn't get any passes. I got one thrown my way, but I think I showed the coaches I can block, especially down on the goal line."

Gragg said feedback from Bills coaches mostly has been positive so far. He admitted the main exception has been about maintaining his energy level when the Bills' staccato offense is several plays into a long drive.

Gragg's eager to show what he can do against players in different uniforms. The Bills will open their preseason Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts in Lucas Oil Stadium.

"At this point in camp, you get real tired of hitting your own teammates," Gragg said. "So you want to go against another team. It's going to be my first NFL game. I'm ready to get under the lights and make some plays."

Sunday won't be Gragg's introduction to an NFL stadium. When he was at Arkansas, he played in Cowboys Stadium and the Superdome for the Sugar Bowl. He was in Lucas Oil Stadium for the NFL scouting combine in February.


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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

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Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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