O'Leary recorded a career-high 22 receptions for 322 yards and two touchdowns in 15 games with the Bills last season. Charles Clay is still the starter in Buffalo, but O'Leary will serve as a solid backup in 2018.
O'Leary finished his third NFL season with 22 catches on 32 targets for 322 yards and two touchdowns.
All of those figures were career highs, though they still kept O'Leary off the radar of most leagues. The new coaching staff seems to like him and wasn't afraid to give him regular looks when starter Charles Clay was out with a knee injury for a spell, though O'Leary still seems best suited as an NFL backup. Even if by the small chance Clay isn't brought back for 2018, the team would be more likely to put a bigger passing threat in the starter's role and ride O'Leary as the backup for another season.
O'Leary (back) is active for Sunday's tilt against the Patriots.
O'Leary missed some practice time this week but was able to register a limited participation in Friday's session. He'll operate as the backup to Charles Clay once again this week.
With starter Charles Clay ready to suit up against New England, O'Leary will operate out of his No. 2 tight end role (assuming he plays), something that doesn't offer much fantasy value in a run-based offense.
O'Leary's back issue sidelined him for the Week 13 loss to the Patriots, but after suiting up for both of the Bills' past two contests without any reported setbacks, the tight end should be available for the rematch with New England in Week 16. The tight end's absence Wednesday is likely maintenance-related, but he'll still probably need to put in a full practice Thursday or Friday before being removed from the Bills' injury report.
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