Lions tight end Tony Scheffler knows that team chemistry is a big deal. And Scheffler should know all about big deals, since he is one himself.
The 6-foot-5 product of Western Michigan and Chelsea High was one of the big acquisitions this off-season in a three-way trade that brought him from Denver and sent linebacker Ernie Sims to Philadelphia.
Scheffler is just one of many important pieces of the Lions' puzzle as they try to fit established veterans like him with promising young players. Developing that chemistry can be tricky, but Scheffler knows it's crucial.
"It's real important," he said. "I think team chemistry goes a long way, especially when you get to Weeks 15, 16, 17, towards the end of the year. It's the difference between winning those tight ball games and folding in the second half.
"So I think everyone knowing each other and having relationships not only on the field but off and developing chemistry is a good thing."
So far, so good. Scheffler looked very much in sync with quarterback Matthew Stafford in minicamp as the two hooked up for passes that led to big gains.
While Brandon Pettigrew recovers from injuries, Tony Scheffler could be a decent low-end #1 option in TE mandatory leagues.