Sweeney appears to be a healthy scratch Week 16 against New England.
Analysis: Sweeney logged 22 offensive snaps last week against Carolina despite dealing with a hip injury for the past several weeks. While he avoided the injury report this week, the tight end ultimately won't be suiting up on game day. Since Week 10, Sweeney has seen a combined two targets on offense, becoming largely an afterthought when starter Dawson Knox is healthy.
Dec 26, 2021 8:44 AM EST
Sweeny (hip) will play Sunday against the Panthers.
Analysis: Sweeny was able to log a full practice Friday and has been removed from the injury report going into Sunday against the Panthers. Despite being second on the tight end positional depth chart, Sweeney plays a limited role in the Bills' offense.
Dec 17, 2021 2:04 PM EST
Sweeney (hip) is ruled out for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Alaina Getzenberg of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Sweeney will miss his first game of the season due to a hip injury. The third-year tight end has only drawn one target in his last four appearances, so his absence may not have much of an impact on the involvement of Dawson Knox, but the Bills will likely now need to bring at least one of Quintin Morris or Kahale Warring up from the practice squad.
Dec 10, 2021 7:56 AM EST
Sweeney didn't participate in Thursday's practice due to a hip injury, Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Sweeney was previously listed as a limited participant on the Bills' initial Week 14 injury report, so it's unclear if he took a step back in his recovery from the injury a day later or if his absence was a pre-planned maintenance day. In any case, Sweeney's profile in the Buffalo offense has taken a hit since top tight end Dawson Knox returned from a two-game absence Week 10. After playing at least 80 percent of the offensive snaps in both of the games Knox was out while recording five receptions for 40 yards during that time, Sweeney has played fewer than a third of the snaps in the subsequent four contests and has been targeted just once.
Dec 9, 2021 10:36 AM EST
Sweeney caught both of his targets for 10 yards in Sunday's 9-6 loss to the Jaguars.
Analysis: While the second-year man played a season-high 86 percent of the offensive snaps, he simply isn't being used as a pass-catching threat in the manner the injured Dawson Knox (hand) had been previously used this season. With Knox scheduled to return to practice Wednesday, Sweeney's days of even modest production could be about to end. While he's a good depth guy for the Bills, he only has nine catches for 44 yards and a score in 2021.
Nov 8, 2021 9:33 PM EST
Sweeney is expected to make a second straight start Sunday against the Jaguars after head coach Sean McDermott ruled out No. 1 tight end Dawson Knox (hand) for the contest, Chris Jenkins of the Bills' official site reports.
Analysis: Sweeney was the primary replacement for Knox in last week's 26-11 win over the Dolphins, finishing the day with a 3-30-0 receiving line on four targets. Though his statistics weren't anything special, Sweeney's underlying usage last week could make him an intriguing sleeper at tight end in season-long leagues or DFS contests in a favorable matchup against the 1-6 Jaguars. He was on the field for 80 percent of the Bills' offensive snaps Week 8, ran routes on 77 percent of the Bills' passing plays and drew three of his four targets in the red zone.
Nov 5, 2021 10:42 AM EST
Sweeney caught three of four targets for 30 yards in Sunday's 26-11 win over Miami.
Analysis: Sweeney saw 82 percent of the offensive snaps as the No. 1 tight end while starter Dawson Knox heals up from a broken hand. Knox, currently labeled day-to-day by coach Sean McDermott, could return within the next game or two, so Sweeney's window of opportunity may be closing quickly. Even if Knox needs to sit out another week, Sweeney seems like more of a touchdown-dependent option on a team with plenty of other weapons.
Nov 1, 2021 2:01 PM EST
Sweeney is in line for added opportunities Sunday against the Dolphins with Dawson Knox (hand) having been ruled out for the contest.
Analysis: Knox, who has recorded a 21/286/5 stat line through six games, underwent hand surgery during the Bills' bye week and while coach Sean McDermot hasn't provided a timetable for his return, it's plausible that Sweeney will fill in as Buffalo's top tight end beyond Week 8. Though WRs Cole Beasley and Gabriel Davis could see added looks while Knox is out, Sweeney -- who has recorded just four catches and one TD to date -- is the player who should see the biggest uptick in production in the meantime, making him an option for those in deeper leagues scrambling for tight end depth due to injury or bye week concerns.
Oct 28, 2021 9:29 AM EST
Sweeney scored his first NFL touchdown on a one-yard catch during Monday's 34- 31 loss to the Titans.
Analysis: Sweeney only saw 11 offensive snaps, but his usage could make a big leap if Dawson Knox (fractured hand) misses games. The Bills are on bye this week and don't currently have a healthy tight end besides Sweeney, though fullback Reggie Gilliam is more of a hybrid player that can serve some tight end duties. Given the big-strike offense Buffalo runs, those in deeper leagues should keep an eye on the situation -- specifically Knox's status -- ahead of the Bills' Week 8 tilt against the Dolphins.
Oct 21, 2021 1:29 PM EST
Sweeney was back at practice Wednesday after missing Saturday's preseason finale due to a foot injury, Mark Gaughan of The Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: The Bills must have figured his injury was minor, as they cut Jacob Hollister on Tuesday and now only have two true tight ends on the roster -- Sweeney and starter Dawson Knox. The third-year man enters the 2021 campaign as a clear backup to Knox, though for now he's only one injury away from a key role in a high-powered offense.
Sep 1, 2021 11:36 PM EST
Sweeney (foot) will not play in Saturday's exhibition game against the Bears, Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: Sweeney has been sidelined at practice this last week due to a foot injury sustained in the team's preseason opener agaisnt the Lions. He saw 18 offensive snaps in the contest. He is looking to earn a spot on the Bills' 53-man roster providing depth at tight end.
Aug 21, 2021 10:20 AM EST
Sweeney didn't practice Sunday due to an apparent foot injury, Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Sweeney played 18 offensive snaps in Friday's preseason opener against the Lions and hauled in two of his three targets for 34 yards. However, he apparently suffered an injury and was seen in a walking boot Sunday. The Lions haven't yet announced when Sweeney will be able to return.
Aug 15, 2021 7:44 PM EST
Coach Sean McDermott indicated this week that Sweeney is back to normal after missing most of last season due to effects from COVID-19, Maddy Glab of the Bills' official site reports. "He's off to a great start. He's in a good spot. He's worked his tail off, he's been here most of the offseason," McDermott said.
Analysis: It's been a struggle for the 2019 seventh-rounder out of Boston College, as he caught just eight balls for 114 yards in his rookie season and never saw action in 2020. The Bills have five tight ends with a viable shot of making the roster, but only Dawson Knox seems like a sure bet to make the team. Sweeney could begin 2021 anywhere from No. 2 on the depth chart to being a camp cut.
May 26, 2021 9:55 PM EST
Bills GM Brandon Beane said Tuesday that Sweeney should be ready for the 2021 season, Thad Brown of WROC-TV reports.
Analysis: Sweeney developed myocarditis as a complication from COVID-19 last season. Beane relayed that Sweeney still has a few more visits with the cardiologist before he's fully cleared, but the 25-year-old tight end is on track to play next year. With Dawson Knox and Jacob Hollister in the fold, Sweeney will be aiming for a depth role during training camp.
Apr 20, 2021 4:31 PM EST
Sweeney (foot) will be sidelined for the rest of the season due to myocarditis, Matthew Fairburn of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: The 25-year-old has been on the PUP list all season with a foot injury and spent a couple weeks on the reserve/COVID-19 list in late October/early November, and he's apparently dealing heart inflammation stemming from the virus. Sweeney will take it easy to avoid aggravating the issue and could be back next season if all goes well over the next few months.
Nov 23, 2020 1:38 PM EST
The Bills activated Sweeney off the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Sweeney has yet to suit up in game action this season, as he's battled a foot injury and placement on the COVID-19 list. The team is pretty set with Dawson Knox and Tyler Kroft as the top two receiving options at tight end, so if Sweeney does end up playing he'll likely only assume a blocking role for the offense.
Nov 11, 2020 6:38 PM EST
Sweeney (foot) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, the Bills' official site reports.
Analysis: Sweeney was already on the PUP list due to a foot injury -- he hasn't seen action all season -- but because he's been deemed to have been in close contact with fellow tight end Dawson Knox -- who tested positive for COVID-19 -- Sweeney has been placed on the list due to league protocol, even though he hasn't necessarily tested positive for the virus himself.
Oct 24, 2020 12:15 PM EST
Sweeney (foot) was placed on the Reserve PUP list on Saturday, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
Analysis: The second-year tight end will miss several games and won't be able to start practicing with his teammates until the start of Week 7 at the earliest. Dawson Knox, Tyler Kroft and blocking specialist Lee Smith with make up the tight end corps for Week 1 and beyond.
Sep 5, 2020 11:17 PM EST
Sweeney (foot) remains on the Active/PUP list and is not practicing Wednesday, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
Analysis: Sweeney currently sits fourth on the depth chart and is no certainty to secure a roster spot even though he saw action in six games as a seventh-round rookie last season.
Aug 19, 2020 6:43 AM EST
Sweeney has been placed on the Active/PUP list due to a foot injury, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
Analysis: The second-year tight end has some work to do to gain some form of meaningful role in the Buffalo offense now that Tyler Kroft is healthy again and set to compete with Dawson Knox for the top role. We'll see if Sweeney can get back at it in relatively short order so he can stake his claim to the No. 3 role.
Jul 28, 2020 1:06 PM EST
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