Brandon Kaufman

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Brandon Kaufman
No. --     Free agent
Wide Receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-10-26) October 26, 1990 (age 23)
Place of birth: Denver, Colorado
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)Weight: 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school: Littleton (CO) Heritage
College: Eastern Washington
Undrafted in 2013
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • College Football Performance Awards FCS Wide Receiver Award (2012)
  • 2012 FCS Second-Team All-American (AP, TSN)
  • 2x All-Big Sky Conference First-Team (2012, 2010)
  • NCAA Division I FCS single-season receiving yards record (2012)
 
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Brandon Kaufman
No. --     Free agent
Wide Receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-10-26) October 26, 1990 (age 23)
Place of birth: Denver, Colorado
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)Weight: 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school: Littleton (CO) Heritage
College: Eastern Washington
Undrafted in 2013
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • College Football Performance Awards FCS Wide Receiver Award (2012)
  • 2012 FCS Second-Team All-American (AP, TSN)
  • 2x All-Big Sky Conference First-Team (2012, 2010)
  • NCAA Division I FCS single-season receiving yards record (2012)

Brandon Kaufman (born October 26, 1990) is an American and Canadian football wide receiver who is currently a free agent.[1]

Kaufman was a three-year player at Eastern Washington University. In 2010, as a sophomore he had 15 touchdowns, the second-most in school history, to help lead the school to the 2010 NCAA Division 1 Football Championship Subdivision National Championship. In 2012, he set the FCS single-season receiving yards record, recording 93 receptions for 1,850 yards and 16 touchdowns. He was a two-time Football Championship Subdivision All-American.

He declared early for the 2013 NFL draft.[2] He signed with the Buffalo Bills as a free agent on April 29, 2013.

Early life and prep career[edit]

Kaufman is Jewish, the son of Steve and Rhonda Kaufman.[3] He was born in Denver, Colorado.[4]

Kaufman attended Heritage High School in Littleton, Colorado, graduating in 2009. He competed in track, running 100 meters in 10.8 seconds.[4] He also played basketball for the school, averaging over 13 points a game in 2007.[5] He made a highlight reel play his senior season, running away from the basket while falling out of bounds, shooting it one handed from approximately 35 feet and making the three point basket.

Playing football for the high school, he was one of the top receivers in Colorado, as he caught 97 passes for 1,918 yards (averaging 20 yards a catch) and 16 touchdowns as a sophomore and junior.[1][5] Kaufman earned honorable mention All-State honors in football as a junior and twice was selected to the All-Continental League team.[6] He missed his senior season with a torn ACL knee injury suffered during a summer camp before the 2008 season began. Throughout high school, Brandon was known to make highlight reel catches on a regular basis. In practice, he was known to only use one hand during wide receiver drills.[4][6]

College career[edit]

2009–10[edit]

Because he had been injured in his senior year of high school, all schools other than Eastern Washington University withdrew their offers; Eastern, however, still offered him a roster spot on the roster.[7] Kaufman played as a true freshman in 2009 for the Eastern Washington Eagles, a Football Championship Subdivision school (formerly Division I-AA), seeing action in nine games, including five as a starter.[2][6] Kaufman finished the year with 23 catches for 294 yards and 1 touchdown. Kaufman was also named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic Team.[1]

Kaufman helped lead Eastern Washington to the 2010 NCAA Division 1 FCS National Championship as a sophomore, recording 76 catches (5th-most in school history) for 1,214 yards (also fifth-best in EWU history) and 15 touchdowns (second-best in school history) as he started all 15 games.[8]

Kaufman capped off his break-out season with 9 catches for 120 yards in the Championship game against Delaware. With under two minutes left in the 3rd quarter, and with Eastern Washington down 19–0, he caught the first of his two touchdowns helping to spark a rally culminating with his game-winning second touchdown. The final score was 20–19, earning Eastern Washington its first football National Championship. (Vice-president Joe Biden was in attendance, cheering for his alma mater Delaware, and was less than thrilled with the stunning outcome). [9] [10]

Kaufman was named to the First Team All-Big Sky Conference, and named to the College Sporting News “Sweet 63” All-America Team and the Phil Steele Publications All-America fourth team, and for the second season to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team.[1][6] He was also chosen as the NCAA Championship Subdivision Playoffs MVP by College Sporting News.[6] Academically, as of December 2010 he had a 3.57 cumulative grade point average.[7]

2011[edit]

Before the 2011 season began, he was named to the 28-member Athlon College Football Preview preseason All-America team, a pre-season First Team All-American by Phil Steele’s FCS College Football Preview, one of the top 10 wide receivers in FCS by The Sports Network, one of the top 38 receivers by the College Football Performance Awards, All-Big Sky Conference, and first team All-BSC by Phil Steele.[11] However, four games into the season he broke a metacarpal in his left hand against Montana State in September.[1] Kaufman had caught 29 passes for 373 yards at that point.[1] He then redshirted in 2011, as an injury hardship case.[1]

2012[edit]

Before the 2012 season began, he was named a preseason third team All-American by The Sports Network and AnyGivenSaturday.com, chosen as ont of the top 10 FCS wide receivers by The Sports Network, chosen as the # 6 FCS wide receiver by Phil Steele’s FCS College Football Preview, named preseason All-Big Sky Conference, and listed by Phil Steele as a second team preseason All-Big Sky selection.[11] In 2012, Kaufman set the FCS single-season receiving yards record, recording 93 receptions for 1,850 yards and 16 touchdowns while leading the Eagles to a semifinal appearance in the 2012 FCS Playoffs.[8][12]

Describing his mentality on the field, Kaufman said:

You have to think you’re better than the other person, and trust what you’re doing all week and all year, studying film and what you’re working on in practice. If you do it right, you’ve beaten your guy already all through the week.[13]

Records and awards[edit]

In his college career, he caught 221 passes (3rd in EWU history; 7th in Big Sky history) for 3,731 yards (2nd all-time at EWU, 4th in the Big Sky; 16.9 per catch) and 33 touchdowns (2nd in school history) as he started 37 games.[8][14]

He was named to the Jewish Sports Review 2012 College Football All-America Team.[3] For his career, he was a two-time Football Championship Subdivision All-American.[2][8]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
HtWt40-yd dash10-yd split20-yd split20-ss3-coneVertBroadBP
6 ft 5 in` 216 lb4.57 s1.59 s4.59 s35.5 in
All values from Eastern Washington Pro Day[15]

2013 NFL draft[edit]

On January 9, 2013, local TV station KREM announced that Kaufman would forgo his final season of eligibility at Eastern Washington, and declared for the 2013 NFL Draft.[12] Only 20 credits short of graduating, he will continue to take classes online.[16]

At an NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis in February 2013, he was tested and underwent multiple physicals.[17] At an NFL Scouting Combine in Cheney, Washington, on March 6, 2013, he tested before 18 National Football League scouts at EWU’s annual Pro Day.[8] He had a 68.0 grade (50–69 grades are for those deemed to be a "Draftable Player"; the next higher grades of 70–84 are for "Eventual Starter"), ranking him 18th among 38 wide receivers.[8] He was the second-tallest (6-foot-5) and seventh-biggest (216 pounds) receiver at the combine.[8] He had a vertical jump of 33 1/2 inches.[8] That size and athletic ability had helped him consistently out-position and out-jump defensive backs competing for the ball Eagles career.[8]

Rob Rang, of The Sports Xchange, called him a potential fifth- to sixth-round pick, lauding his size, "deceptive" build-up speed, reliable hands, and consistency.[16] NFLDraftScout.com projected him being picked in the seventh round.[18] John Harris of Yahoo! Sports projected that he might be taken by the New York Giants in the 7th round, saying he "has great size and will catch the football going across the middle".[19]

NFL.com indicated that his strengths are that he is a very tall receiver, has long arms, and uses his size and length to shield defenders and catch passes off his frame making him a dangerous vertical threat. It said he has reliable hands, is good at tracking the football and catching it at its highest point, and has good vision after he makes a catch.[6] As to his weaknesses, it noted that he has not faced great competition, or run many different routes, doesn't explode off the line, and will have to prove that he is sufficiently fast and physical.[6]

Kaufman went undrafted in the 2013 NFL Draft. He signed with the Buffalo Bills as a free agent on April 29, 2013, shortly after the draft.[20]

2013 NFL season[edit]

Kaufman went a perfect six for six, catching all balls thrown to him in the preseason, including one touchdown. (One catch was called back for offensive line holding). His biggest highlight came on his first official catch, against the Colts in game one. The Colts’ sideline read the play before the snap and called in from the sideline to their cornerback that Kaufman was going to run a double-move go route. Despite the advanced warning allowing the defender to be in perfect position, Kaufman was still able to pull down the circus catch and get both feet in-bounds. Kaufman consistently was able to get open throughout the preseason, despite very few throws being made overall in the last game in which he saw the most field-time. [21] [22] [23] [24] [25] The Bills released Kaufman on August 30, 2013.[26] The Bills signed Kaufman to their practice squad on December 10, 2013.[27]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Official Eastern Washington Eagles Brandon Kaufman bio". Goeags.com. Retrieved March 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Eric D. Williams. "Wilson rebuilding draft stock | Seattle Seahawks". The News Tribune. Retrieved March 15, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "JSR's 2012 College Football All-America Team". Jewish Sports Review 8 (96): 2. March–April 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "EWU receiver Kaufman quickly catches up". Spokesman.com. September 21, 2012. Retrieved March 15, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Recruiting Update: Brandon Kaufman". Hscolorado.scout.com. December 12, 2008. Retrieved October 2, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g "NFL Events: Combine Player Profiles – Brandon Kaufman". Nfl.com. Retrieved March 15, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Q&A with EWU Football Player Brandon Kaufman". Boxscorenews.com. July 15, 2009. Retrieved March 15, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Kaufman makes progress at EWU Pro Day Spokane". Krem.com. March 6, 2013. Retrieved March 15, 2013. 
  9. ^ "EAGLES RALLY TO WIN NATIONAL TITLE!!! – Eastern Washington University Athletics". Goeags.com. January 7, 2011. Retrieved October 2, 2013. 
  10. ^ "EWU vs. Delaware". M.spokesman.com. January 8, 2011. Retrieved October 2, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "Eastern Washington University Athletics: Brandon Kaufman". Goeags.com. Retrieved March 15, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b "Kaufman to enter NFL Draft, skip senior season". Krem.com. January 9, 2013. Retrieved March 14, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Blanchette: EWU's Kaufman simply best player on field". Spokesman.com. December 1, 2012. Retrieved March 15, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Kaufman, Padron leaving EWU early". Spokesman.com. January 9, 2013. Retrieved March 15, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Kaufman Improves Four Marks at Pro Day – Eastern Washington University Athletics". Goeags.com. March 6, 2013. Retrieved October 2, 2013. 
  16. ^ a b "Brandon Kaufman, Eastern Washington, NFL Draft". CBSSports.com. Retrieved March 15, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Kaufman works out at NFL combine". Easterner Online. February 27, 2013. Retrieved March 15, 2013. 
  18. ^ Andy Hart (February 19, 2013). "Ask PFW: Combine queries". Patriots.com. Retrieved March 15, 2013. 
  19. ^ Harris, John (March 2, 2013). "2013 Giants draft team needs: Focus up front as New York searches for winning combination". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved March 15, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Brandon Kaufman". Buffalo Bills. Retrieved April 4, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Tuel, Kaufman excel in first NFL preseason game". Krem.com. Retrieved October 2, 2013. 
  22. ^ MICHAEL MAROT. "First Test A Success". Niagara Gazette. Retrieved October 2, 2013. 
  23. ^ AJ Mast (August 12, 2013). "Buffalo Bills' Brandon Kaufman (14) makes a catch against Indianapolis Colts' Daxton Swanson during the second half of an NFL preseason football game on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)". News.yahoo.com. Retrieved October 2, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Minnesota Vikings vs. Buffalo Bills – Recap – August 16, 2013". ESPN. August 16, 2013. Retrieved October 2, 2013. 
  25. ^ "For Bills' bubble receivers, preseason finale an unfair catch". The Buffalo News. August 29, 2013. Retrieved October 2, 2013. 
  26. ^ Sowards, Peter (September 4, 2013). "Kaufman Keeping NFL Dreams Alive". KHQ-TV. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  27. ^ "NFL Transactions Report". Nfl.com. Retrieved April 4, 2014. 

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