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Bills make a TE switch: Matthew Mulligan is out, Nick O'Leary is in

Two days after duping the Houston Texans on the Buffalo Bills' game-winning touchdown, tight end Matthew Mulligan has been released. Buffalo is going younger at its back-up tight end spot, promoting rookie Nick O'Leary from the practice squad.

Quite possibly, another team made a push to sign O'Leary and Buffalo didn't want to lose him.

The 6-foot-4, 267-pound Mulligan has been used as an extended lineman this season, playing 14 snaps in the 30-21 win and a quarter of the team's total snaps this season. On Charles Clay's game-winning 40-yard touchdown, Mulligan shot out of his stance like a 100-meter sprinter to draw two defenders and leave the middle of the field wide open for Clay.

To which, the Texans didn't have many answers after the game.

Mulligan was brought in as part of Rex Ryan's ground-and-pound offense, having played three seasons for Ryan in New York. He's incredibly strong, too, capable of dead-lifting 700 pounds and squatting 650 pounds. He has also committed four penalties this season — three for offensive holding, one for an illegal formation — and hasn't been much of a receiving threat in the offense with one catch for two yards. The Bills must believe their run game can do without the veteran.

The 6-foot-3, 252-pound O'Leary didn't stand out in training camp, but was drafted in the sixth round after a decorated collegiate career at Florida State. The grandson of Jack Nicklaus caught 81 passes for 1,175 yards and 13 touchdowns his final two seasons in Tallahassee.

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