When did Dylan Gandy last catch a pass? 'That's irrelevant,' he said. (Associated Press)
Allen Park – Lions reserve interior lineman Dylan Gandy provided some welcomed comic relief after practice Thursday.
Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan jokingly said Gandy told him he could catch and would be willing to fill in at tight end if needed. Tony Scheffler still hasn't been cleared to practice after being concussed on Sunday and the Lions have no other tight end on the roster besides Brandon Pettigrew and Joseph Fauria.
"I do have good hands," Gandy said, as his offensive line mates howled with laughter. "I've been lobbying for a while to get my role extended. We will see what happens."
The laughing didn't subside and center Dominic Raiola began recording it with his iPad. They were laughing, too, because Gandy, who was on his way to the shower when he was stopped by reporters, had neglected to put a towel around himself.
"I think we're just really neglecting a deep threat that I offer," said Gandy, who ran the 40-yard dash in 5.12 seconds at the NFL combine back in 2005.
When he was asked the last time he caught a pass, he said, "That's irrelevant."
Linehan, when asked about Gandy's potential as a tight end said, "Well, he snaps the ball good."
The serious answer to the tight end shortage is that Fauria would get all of Scheffler's snaps in the two-tight end formations. If they needed a third tight end in the six-man offensive line package, it could be Gandy or tackle LaAdrian Waddle.
"We would lean a little more on the receivers," Linehan said. "We don't have three tight ends on the field that often. As long as we stay relatively healthy we won't have any issues."
Scheffler has had three concussions in the last four years. He has not yet been ruled out for Sunday.