Sweeney (coach's decision) has been deemed inactive for Saturday's game against the Bears.
Analysis: Sweeney will be a healthy scratch for the second straight week. The 27-year-old has not logged a target since Week 6, as Quintin Morris has served as the No. 2 tight end behind Dawson Knox for the majority of the season. Barring injuries to Morris or Knox, it's likely Sweeney could remain inactive for the final two weeks of the regular season as well.
Dec 24, 2022 9:32 AM EST
Sweeney went without a target while he was on the field for 23 of the Bills' 56 offensive snaps in Sunday's 38-3 win over the Steelers.
Analysis: Active for just the second time all season while top tight end Dawson Knox (foot) was sidelined, Sweeney served as the Bills' No. 2 option at the position while Quintin Morris drew the start. Morris (three receptions for 39 yards on five targets) proved to be a capable replacement for Knox as a pass catcher and should continue to see the lion's share of the snaps at tight end if Knox should miss further time.
Oct 10, 2022 11:57 AM EST
Sweeney's teammate O.J. Howard was released by the Bills on Tuesday.
Analysis: Howard, a 2017 first-rounder, never really shined for the Bills this summer while Sweeney took a big step forward, as he's been praised by the coaching staff for weeks. Unless the Bills bring in a veteran, he's set to serve as the No. 2 tight end behind Dawson Knox, the takeaway being that the former would get plenty of looks in a high-powered offense should Knox ever go down with injury.
Aug 30, 2022 10:11 AM EST
Sweeney caught both of his targets for 36 yards during Friday's preseason loss against the Panthers.
Analysis: Sweeney has been praised in camp by the coaching staff for taking a step up in his summer work. He currently sits third on the tight end depth chart, but there's some scuttlebutt that O.J. Howard might be a roster cut. If that happens, Sweeney will make the Week 1 roster for sure, and there's a chance he could make it anyway as a third tight end.
Aug 26, 2022 10:58 PM EST
Sweeney (undisclosed) was participating at minicamp Wednesday, Mark Gaughan of The Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: Sweeney was held out of practice last week due to an unspecified injury, but he's been able to retake the field. The 26-year-old appeared in 13 games for the Bills last season and caught nine passes for 44 yards and one touchdown, and he should enter 2022 as the No. 3 option at tight end behind Dawson Knox and O.J. Howard.
Jun 15, 2022 9:30 PM EST
Sweeney (undisclosed) did not participate in Tuesday's training session, Alaina Getzenberg of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Sweeney was on the sideline for Tuesday's organized team activity while nursing an undisclosed injury. He enters the season as the third option at tight end behind Dawson Knox and O.J. Howard.
Jun 7, 2022 10:57 AM EST
Sweeney appears to be the No. 3 tight end on the depth chart following Buffalo's signing of O.J. Howard this week.
Analysis: Dawson Knox will remain the starter, but Howard has a stronger skillset and more NFL experience than Sweeney, so the latter is now the No. 3 entering offseason work. After catching just 17 balls over his first two NFL seasons, the 2019 seventh-rounder may have some work to do just to make the team.
Mar 18, 2022 9:19 PM EST
Sweeney played in 13 games during the 2021 regular season, catching nine of 12 targets for 44 yards and one touchdown.
Analysis: Dawson Knox missed a small bit of time, but even then Sweeney proved he's nowhere near the pass catcher that Knox is. Sweeney does a lot of the little things, but even with his 34 percent snap share -- not bad for a backup tight end -- he's mostly being used for his blocking skills and not his hands. Knox isn't going anywhere since he's now in the upper stratosphere of NFL tight ends, so the best Sweeney can hope for is that the Bills don't bring in too much competition this offseason. After missing all of 2020 due to a heart condition related to COVID, Sweeney's best performance since his 2019 rookie season is a modest 3-30-0 in Week 8 this campaign.
Feb 9, 2022 6:18 PM EST
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
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