Former Canisius forward working out with Buffalo Bills in mini-camp


Former Canisius forward Chris Manhertz is working through mini-camps with the Buffalo Bills at tight end, according to a report from Jay Skurski of The 6-foot-6 Manhertz played four seasons for the Golden Griffins and led the team in rebounding his last three seasons.

Now, like many college basketball players before him, Manhertz is trying to work his way onto an NFL roster and not playing the sport until after college. Manhertz actually signed with the Bills two days after the 2014 season ended and went through a mini-camp for rookies and first-year players this weekend.

The Bills gave Manhertz an unexpected shot and he’s hoping to ride it out for as long as possible.

“Once the opportunity presented itself, I had to sit down and think about it,” Manhertz said to Skurski. “My logic was, if all else fails, I could go back to basketball. Thankfully, I did well enough for them to give me an opportunity, so I’m here now. … Not many people get this, so I’m just trying to make the most of it.”

It’s not likely that Manhertz makes the Bills this season, but with some solid performances and flashes of potential during mini-camp, he could stick around and make the training camp roster or maybe even the practice squad.