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Tony Scheffler | Tight End

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (32) / 2/15/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 255
College: Western Michigan
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Free agent TE Tony Scheffler worked out for the Redskins on Tuesday.
Scheffler "retired" in June, but apparently remains open to playing. His workout is a sign the Redskins are worried about Jordan Reed's (hamstring) status for Week 2. Now 31, Scheffler was a mistake-prone mess before earning his release from the Lions last season. Tue, Sep 9, 2014 05:59:00 PM

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Free agent TE Tony Scheffler has retired from the NFL after eight seasons.

Scheffler, 31, suffered three concussions the past four years and was released by the Lions in October. The No. 61 overall pick in the 2006 draft by the Broncos spent four seasons each with Denver and Detroit, catching 258 passes for 3,207 yards and 22 touchdowns. Scheffler had a decent two-year stretch from 2007-2008 when he reeled in 89 balls for 1,194 yards and eight scores for Mike Shanahan's Broncos. He caught seven passes in 2013.
Wed, Jun 11, 2014 02:38:00 PM

Free agent TE Tony Scheffler worked out for the Bears Friday.

Scheffler was released by the Lions on Tuesday. If signed, he'll provide insurance as the No. 2 tight end behind Martellus Bennett. Scheffler had just seven catches for 82 yards in five games this season.
Fri, Oct 25, 2013 07:01:00 PM

Lions released TE Tony Scheffler.

Recovered from his concussion, Scheffler no longer had a role on offense following the emergence of Joseph Fauria. A supremely inefficient player, Scheffler followed up his disastrous 2012 with another poor start this season. Now on the wrong side of 30, Scheffler was making $1.95 million. It's possible Scheffler's experience will earn him another look elsewhere. It certainly wouldn't be based on his recent game tape.
Tue, Oct 22, 2013 01:50:00 PM

Tony Scheffler (concussion) did not practice Wednesday.

Scheffler is out indefinitely and may even head to injured reserve soon.
Wed, Oct 16, 2013 05:54:00 PM

Lions TE Tony Scheffler (concussion) remains out indefinitely.

Speaking Monday, coach Jim Schwartz hinted Scheffler is a candidate for injured reserve. If Scheffler does return this season, he'll be behind red-zone dynamo Joseph Fauria on the depth chart.
Mon, Oct 14, 2013 02:42:00 PM

Tony Scheffler (out, concussion) remained sidelined at Lions practice Friday.

Scheffler won't play Sunday against the Browns. Brandon Pettigrew and undrafted rookie Joseph Fauria will handle tight end duties.
Fri, Oct 11, 2013 11:45:00 AM

Tony Scheffler (concussion) is not practicing Thursday.

It doesn't look like Scheffler will be cleared in time to play against the Browns Sunday. Brandon Pettigrew is going to soak up a bunch of short targets over the middle.
Thu, Oct 10, 2013 12:50:00 PM

Tony Scheffler missed Wednesday's practice with a concussion.

We didn't notice Scheffler leave last week's game against the Packers, but he's going through protocol. Scheffler suffered a serious concussion in 2011. His status for Week 6 against the Browns is murky. Scheffler isn't on the fantasy radar.
Wed, Oct 9, 2013 04:05:00 PM

Tony Scheffler caught four passes for 55 yards in Detroit's Week 5 loss to the Packers.

Scheffler also committed his customary drop, this time on a critical third down in the fourth quarter. The mistake-prone non-playmaker now has seven catches through five games.
Sun, Oct 6, 2013 06:17:00 PM

Tony Scheffler caught one pass for 22 yards in Detroit's Week 4 win over the Bears.

True to form, Scheffler also committed a brutal drop on third down. Scheffler's role isn't increasing in the absence of Nate Burleson. Scheffler is lucky to still be on the Lions' roster.
Sun, Sep 29, 2013 06:00:00 PM

The Detroit News expects Tony Scheffler's role to grow in the wake of Nate Burleson's injury.

Scheffler is move tight end that has seen just three targets in three games this season. But in the 10 games following Burleson's broken leg last season, Scheffler averaged 3.1 catches for 35.8 yards and scored one touchdown. Similar production is within reach this time around.
Wed, Sep 25, 2013 10:16:00 AM

Tony Scheffler caught two passes for five yards in Sunday's Week 3 win over the Redskins.

They were Scheffler's first two catches of the season and his lone targets this week. He's light years away from being relevant in fantasy.
Sun, Sep 22, 2013 07:39:00 PM

Lions TE Tony Scheffler was not targeted in Week 2.

Drop him if you messed up and had him on your roster.
Sun, Sep 15, 2013 08:14:00 PM

Tony Scheffler was held without a catch in Week 1 against the Vikings.

Scheffler was a complete non-factor and could lose playing time to UDFA Joseph Fauria. He was only targeted once in the passing game.
Sun, Sep 8, 2013 06:58:00 PM

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