Chandler with the Patriots in 2015
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|Date of birth:July 23, 1985|
|Place of birth: Bedford, Texas, U.S.|
|NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 4 / Pick: 129|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
|* San Diego Chargers ( 2007– 2008)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|* Second-team All-Big Ten (2006)|
|Stats at NFL.com|
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
William Scott Chandler (born July 23, 1985) is a former American football tight end. He played college football at Iowa and was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the fourth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He also played for the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots.
Chandler played in high school for Texas powerhouse Southlake Carroll. As a senior, he helped his team achieve an undefeated season (16–0 record) and the Class 5A Division II state title. He registered 68 catches for 1,203 yards and 18 touchdowns, while receiving All-district and honorable-mention All-state honors.
Chandler played college football for the Iowa Hawkeyes from 2004-2006. In his first year, he recorded 24 catches for 324 yards and averaged 13.5 yards per catch with two touchdowns. After his sophomore year, his production increased to 47 catches for 552 yards and two touchdowns.
As a junior, he led the team with 47 receptions for 552 yards and 2 touchdowns. In his last season, he posted 46 receptions for 591 yards and 6 touchdowns. He left school ranked second in school history among tight ends with 117 catches for 1,476 yards.
San Diego Chargers
Chandler was selected by the San Diego Chargers in the fourth round (129th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft. As a rookie, he played in only one game and didn't register any statistics. The next year, he was placed on the injured reserve list after hurting his toe in the final preseason game. He was waived on April 27, 2009.
New York Giants
Second stint with Cowboys
After being waived by New York, Chandler was re-signed to the Cowboys' practice squad. On September 24, he was signed to the Cowboys active roster. He was cut on December 1, to make room for Martin Rucker.
After being waived by Dallas, Chandler was signed by the Buffalo Bills on December 2, 2010. On September 11, 2011, Chandler made his first career start against the Kansas City Chiefs, recording 5 catches for 63 yards and 2 touchdowns. He appeared in 14 games (9 starts), registering 38 receptions for 389 yards and tying a team record for a tight end with 6 receiving touchdowns in a season (Pete Metzelaars - 1992 and Jay Riemersma - 1998). The next year, he played in 15 games (3 starts), posting 43 receptions for 571 yards and 6 touchdowns. In 2013, he played in 16 games (7 starts), leading the team with 53 receptions and 655 receiving yards.
On March 13, 2014, Chandler signed a two-year contract extension. In 2014, he played 16 games (5 starts), recording 47 receptions for 497 yards and 3 touchdowns. In the same season, he became the first Bills tight end to surpass 1000 receiving yards since Pete Metzelaars in 1992 and became the fourth tight end in franchise history to reach 150 career receptions.
He was released on March 11, 2015.
New England Patriots
Chandler signed with the New England Patriots as a free agent on March 13, 2015. He appeared in 15 games (4 starts), posting 23 receptions for 259 yards and 4 touchdowns. He was released by the Patriots on March 2, 2016. Later, it was revealed that the reason for the release was a failed physical stemming from a knee injury suffered early in the season that he played with throughout the year. According to Chandler's Facebook profile, the injury was career ending.
NFL career statistics
Chandler is married to Alissa Chandler with whom he has four children. His older brother, Nathan, was the starting quarterback for the Iowa Hawkeyes in 2003. He also has two sisters, Caitlin and Deborah, who played college basketball. His brother-in-law, Derek LaFargue, played football for the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
- "Chargers release Polk, remove Hardwick from PUP". Associated Press. August 30, 2008. http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/wire?section=nfl&id=3561592. Retrieved December 13, 2015.
- MacMahon, Tim (December 1, 2010). "Scott Chandler cut; Rucker promoted". http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/cowboys/post/_/id/4675076/scott-chandler-cut-martin-rucker-promoted. Retrieved December 13, 2015.
- Wesseling, Chris (March 13, 2014). "Scott Chandler, Buffalo Bills reach two-year contract". NFL.com. http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000333910/article/scott-chandler-buffalo-bills-reach-twoyear-contract. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
- Brown, Chris. "Scott Chandler released by Bills". BuffaloBills.com. http://www.buffalobills.com/news/article-1/Scott-Chandler-released-by-Bills/d9a88414-bf96-4468-8c9c-d2fd2291d229. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
- Perillo, Paul (March 13, 2015). "Report: Former Bills TE Scott Chandler signs with Patriots". Patriots.com. http://www.patriots.com/news/2015/03/13/report-former-bills-te-scott-chandler-signs-patriots. Retrieved June 20, 2015.
- Sessler, Marc (March 2, 2016). "Patriots release Brandon LaFell, Scott Chandler". NFL.com. http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000640824/article/patriots-release-brandon-lafell-scott-chandler. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
- Dubin, Jared (April 2, 2016). "Scott Chandler's knee surgery knocks him out for 2016 and maybe for good". CBSSports.com. http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/scott-chandlers-knee-surgery-knocks-him-out-for-2016-and-maybe-for-good. Retrieved June 15, 2016.