Starter Charles Clay is almost certain to be back for another season as well, so that leaves the pecking order pretty much the same as last season, with Clay, O'Leary and Logan Thomas as the top three guys heading into summer. The Bills are expected to address other needs instead of taking a top tight end in the upcoming draft, though it also wouldn't be a surprise if they added one in the middle to late rounds.
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.
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