Injuries aiding Nick O’Leary’s bid to make the Bills roster

August 29, 2016

After spending a good portion of his first NFL season as a member of the Buffalo Bills’ practice squad, it appears that former Florida State Seminole and Palm Beach County native Nick O’Leary has a good chance at making the team’s roster out of training camp.

O’Leary, who is also thegrandson of golfing great Jack Nicklaus, was mentioned by Bills head coach Rex Ryan when Ryan was asked about players who could potentially take the team’s backup tight end role after Chris Gragg suffered a leg injury that will sideline him for the season. O’Leary, who was a prep star atDwyer High Schoolin Palm Beach Gardens, spent four games on the Bills’ active roster last year and caught one ball for 37 yards.

The 23-year-old has played in all three of Buffalo’s preseason contests so far and caught two passes in the Bills’ preseason game against Washington on Friday. O’Leary also fumbled once.

The Bills have decided not to make any roster moves on Monday, deciding instead to wait until Tuesday to cut their roster to the league-mandated 75 players.

O’Leary will battlefellow tight ends Blake Annen, Jimmay Mundine and Jim Dray for the backup tight end role.