FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- As a member of the Buffalo Bills the past four years, tight end Scott Chandler had a number of opportunities to get to know Rob Gronkowski because the Bills and Patriots met twice each season. And now that Chandler is in the same building as Gronkowski, he has nothing but admiration.
"He's a fun loving guy, a fun guy to be around, and he works hard. He's a fun teammate to have," Chandler, 29, told reporters Tuesday afternoon at Gillette Stadium during voluntary workouts.
Chandler, who signed a two-year, $5.3 million deal in March, could provide the Patriots another pass-catching presence in the red zone, where Gronkowski does some of his best work. He said he's still trying to find his niche with the Patriots, but it's clear what he does best.
At 6-foot-7 and 260 pounds, Chandler primarily played a "flex" tight end role in Buffalo that had some similarities to what Gronkowski does in New England. In three-receiver sets, Chandler often aligned on the perimeter, detached from the line of scrimmage. Sometimes he'd even line up outside the numbers, drawing a cornerback in one-on-one coverage. Sometimes in run support, Chandler would motion into the box to lead block or seal the edge.
Chandler's success against the Patriots is well documented; nearly one-fifth of the yardage from his four-year run in Buffalo (273 targets, 182 catches, 2,120 yards, 17 TDs, 11.6 yards per catch) have come against New England. In a two-game span in 2012, he caught nine passes for 127 yards and three scores.
Asked why he's had so much success in the past against the Patriots, Chandler didn't give away too much.
"I don't know that that's going to matter too much coming here," he said.
Scott Chandler addressing media pic.twitter.com/li2nz7vLNi— Brendan C. Hall (@BHallESPN) April 28, 2015