Tight end Reggie Gilliam (86) blocks defensive end Darryl Johnson (92) during a drill.
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Reggie Gilliam fits the description of a throwback football player.
He can play tight end. He can play fullback. He can play special teams.
Gilliam’s multidimensional skills, which he displayed as a rookie with the Buffalo Bills last season, date back to his time at the University of Toledo.
Jason Candle, Toledo’s football coach, has long recognized Gilliam’s old-school nature.
“Reggie is like a flip phone,” Candle was quoted as saying on the University of Toledo website. “It’s reliable and it does its job every single day to the best of its ability. It’s not flashy.”
Gilliam is one of the more intriguing players on the Buffalo Bills’ roster.
The Bills list the 6-foot, 244-pound Gilliam at tight end and fullback.
Of course, Gilliam’s best pathway to making the 53-man roster for the second year in a row is on special teams. While appearing in 14 games last season, he played 43% of the kicking-unit snaps. The rest of Gilliam’s action, 7%, was tight end snaps.
The Bills effectively eliminated fullback from their roster when they parted ways with Patrick DiMarco last year. He has since retired. But Gilliam can play fullback when necessary.
For now, the Bills appear set with Dawson Knox as their starting tight end. It would be fair to say this is put-up-or-shut-up season. The Bills…