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Keep Your Eye on TE Scheffler When Camp Kicks Off

Yahoo! Sports says that new TE Tony Scheffler is a player to keep your eye on when Lions training camp opens:

Tight ends Tony Scheffler and Brandon Pettigrew: Some wondered why the Lions decided to use a first-round pick on a tight end (Pettigrew) in 2009. The decision to trade away a starting linebacker (Ernie Sims) for another tight end (Scheffler) also raised a few eyebrows this spring.

But the master plan will be in plain sight in August as the Lions’ new-look offense leans heavily on the ability of the tight ends — and Scheffler in particular — to create mismatches for opposing defenses. And while the additions of receiver Nate Burleson and running back Jahvid Best add two more playmakers to the mix, the two-tight end sets clearly will be a big part of things.

Scheffler is an athletic, 6-foot-5 target who thrived in Mike Shanahan’s offense in Denver, catching 89 passes for 1194 yards and eight touchdowns in 2007 and ’08. And the Lions are hoping he’ll find similar success in Scott Linehan’s offense as the former Western Michigan standout returns to his hometown.

“It’s just moving around, creating mismatches — something we kind of got away from last year in Denver,” said Scheffler, who joined fellow 2006 draftees Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall in leaving the Broncos after Josh McDaniels took over there. “Coach Linehan is gonna find the guys that can win in situations and he’s going to get them in those situations.”


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