Dawson Knox

Buffalo Bills
Tight End #9
Buffalo Bills
Tight End #9
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Breakthrough season

Knox finished his third NFL season with 49 catches on 71 targets for 587 yards and nine TD catches over 15 games.

Analysis: Knox also found the end zone twice in the playoffs. His nine TD catches in the regular season tied for the league lead among tight ends and were the most for any TE in Bills franchise history. While the targets and yardage still fall short of the league's elite at the position, Knox may have outperformed every other TE in terms of outproducing his draft day value, which was pretty close to zero as an undrafted player in a number of leagues. As a 26-year-old with an elite quarterback locked into the system, Knox will probably be picked among the the top eight tight ends in almost every format next season.

Feb 5, 2022 7:05 PM EST

Finds end zone twice in win

Knox secured all five targets for 89 yards and two touchdowns during the Bills' 47-17 win over the Patriots in an AFC wild-card matchup Saturday night.

Analysis: The athletic tight end finished with team-leading reception, receiving yardage and target totals on what was a stellar fantasy night overall. Knox recorded scoring grabs of eight and 11 yards in the first quarter to get the Bills' offense off to a fast start, and he subsequently contributed a 38-yard catch as well. Knox's field-stretching prowess could well play a key role again in a divisional-round matchup versus either the Chiefs or Bengals next weekend.

Jan 15, 2022 9:19 PM EST

Three grabs against Jets

Knox caught three of five targets for 49 yards in Sunday's 27-10 win over the Jets.

Analysis: The tight end matched his yardage total from the prior three games combined, closing out the regular season with a solid performance. Knox set career highs across the board in 2021 with 49 catches on 71 targets for 587 yards and nine TDs through 15 games, and he should be a reliable secondary target for Josh Allen on Saturday as the Bills host the Patriots in the wild-card round.

Jan 9, 2022 9:56 PM EST

Chance to shine?

Knox's role could take on greater importance Sunday with wide receivers Cole Beasley and Gabriel Davis both ruled out while in the COVID-19 protocols.

Analysis: Knox is normally a big part of the offense anyway, but with two of the team's top five receiving options out, expect him to see a high target volume in the most important game of the season for the Bills. While the increased opportunity will be nice for managers needing a big game out of the third-year tight end, it's worth noting the Patriots have the league's third-best past defense, plus there's a chance of wind and snow for the game.

Dec 25, 2021 8:13 PM EST

Modest output in ho-hum win

Knox caught four of five targets for 38 yards in Sunday's 31-14 win over the Panthers.

Analysis: This actually qualifies as a disappointment for Knox, who probably helped put many of his managers in a playoff position this season. The third-year tight end has eight TD catches this season, but Josh Allen's three TD passes on the day in Sundays win all went to wideouts. Knox had a drop on his only missed target that would have put his yardage in more palatable territory. He'll get a tough matchup next week when the Bills travel to New England in what should be another tightly contested game.

Dec 19, 2021 11:45 PM EST

Back in end zone during loss

Knox brought in seven of nine targets for 60 yards and a touchdown in the Bills' 33-27 overtime loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday.

Analysis: The emerging 25-year-old pushed his league-leading touchdown totals among tight ends to eight with his 15-yard scoring grab early in the fourth quarter. The third-year pro also a critical 24-yard reception on the Bills' game-tying drive late in the fourth quarter, pushing the ball to the Buccaneers' 15-yard line to help set up an eventual Tyler Bass game-tying field goal. Knox takes a four-game multi-reception streak into a Week 15 home matchup against the Panthers.

Dec 12, 2021 6:51 PM EST

Rough showing in primetime

Knox caught just two of six targets for 14 yards in Monday's 14-10 loss to the Patriots.

Analysis: Knox had issues with the dropsies in his first two NFL seasons, but he's been much more reliable in his breakout 2021 season. However, his performance was frustrating to watch for Bills Mafia on Monday, as it was clear he was supposed to be a key part to the game plan on a blustery night that yielded nothing but a run-oriented attack and short passes. Knox took at least one key penalty and also couldn't haul in catchable balls. On a normal night for the tight end, something like a 5-55-1line would have easily happened, but the reality was Knox's worst performance of the season in a disappointing loss for his team. Based on his track record in 2021, Knox should be much better in what could be a high-scoring affair Sunday at Tampa Bay.

Dec 7, 2021 9:46 AM EST

Finds end zone twice Thursday

Knox brought in all three targets for 32 yards and two touchdowns in the Bills' 31-6 win over the Saints on Thursday night.

Analysis: The athletic tight end made excellent use of his scant opportunities, recording scoring grabs of seven and 24 yards in the first and third quarter, respectively. Knox now has a career-high seven touchdowns and new high-water marks in receptions (31) and receiving yards (415) as well following Thursday night's effort, sending him into a Week 13 showdown with the Patriots on Monday night, Dec. 6 with plenty of momentum.

Nov 25, 2021 9:11 PM EST

Season-high 10 targets in loss

Knox caught six of 10 targets for 80 yards in Sunday's 41-15 loss to the Colts.

Analysis: Knox set season highs in catches and targets while posting his second-highest yardage total of the campaign. The tight end hasn't found the end zone since Week 5 after scoring five touchdowns through five games, but that scoring drought won't last much longer if Knox's involvement here is any indication of his upcoming usage. Knox will be right back out there Thursday for a Thanksgiving showdown with the Saints.

Nov 21, 2021 3:05 PM EST

Low action in return

Knox, who returned from a two-game absence due to a fracture in his hand, caught his only target for 17 yards in Sunday's 45-17 win over the Jets.

Analysis: The output is disappointing in a game where Josh Allen threw for 366 yards, but at least Knox didn't have any setbacks and he did look like his rumbling self on the 17-yard pickup. He should see more looks in the offense as he moves past the injury and as the Bills' schedule starts to get tougher, beginning next week with a home game against the Colts.

Nov 14, 2021 11:40 PM EST

Logs full practice Thursday

Knox (hand) practiced fully Thursday, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: After logging a limited session Wednesday, the tight end returned to a full practice Thursday, which sets the stage for him to rejoin the Bills' lineup Sunday against the Jets. Prior to suffering a fractured hand in Week 6, the 2019 third-rounder was in the midst of a breakout season that had him firmly on the fantasy radar, having put up 21/286/5 stat line to that point.

Nov 11, 2021 12:50 PM EST

Limited in practice

Knox (hand) will be limited in Wednesday's practice, Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Knox has resumed practicing for the first time since suffering a broken bone in his hand Oct. 19, for which he quickly underwent surgery. If Knox is able to at least maintain a similar level of practice activity over the next two days, he could have a fair shot at suiting up for Sunday's road matchup against the Jets. In the event that Knox does return Week 10, Tommy Sweeney will stand to bump back down to a backup role.

Nov 10, 2021 9:22 AM EST

Should practice Wednesday

Bills head coach Sean McDermott said he expects Knox (hand) to resume practicing Wednesday, Alaina Getzenberg of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Knox hasn't been able to practice in any capacity since suffered a broken bone in his hand in an Oct. 19 loss to the Titans and undergoing surgery a day later, but he appeared to take a meaningful step forward last Thursday, when he was seen catching passes off to the side while working with trainers, according to Heather Prusak of News 4 Buffalo. The tight end looks like he'll be able to take part in team drills in the coming days, and if all goes well, he should have a good shot to suit up Week 10 against the Jets. Tommy Sweeney picked up a pair of starts at tight end while Knox has been sidelined and has produced a modest 5-40-0 receiving line on six targets.

Nov 8, 2021 2:19 PM EST

Won't play Sunday

Coach Sean McDermott said Knox (hand) has been ruled out for Sunday's game at Jacksonville, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: Knox is recovering from surgery on his hand and will be sidelined for the second consecutive game. Tommy Sweeney, who caught three passes for 30 yards Week 8, is poised to lead Buffalo's group of tight ends again Sunday versus the Jaguars.

Nov 5, 2021 7:58 AM EST

Misses another practice

Knox (hand) remained sidelined at Thursday's practice, Alaina Getzenberg of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Knox, who is bouncing back from a hand procedure, is considered day-to-day, but back-to-back practice absences cloud his status for Sunday's game against the Jaguars. If he's unable to gain clearance to play this weekend, Tommy Sweeney would once again be in line to head the Bills' tight end corps in Week 9.

Nov 4, 2021 10:41 AM EST

Won't practice Wednesday

Coach Sean McDermott said Wednesday that Knox (hand) will not participate in practice, Alaina Getzenberg of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: McDermott said Monday that Knox is day-to-day and has been improving, but the starting tight end still isn't ready to resume handling practice reps. Knox, who is recovering from hand surgery, will have two more chances to practice in at least a limited capacity ahead of Sunday's contest against the Jaguars. If Knox isn't able to retake the field Week 9, Tommy Sweeney will once again stand to handle the No. 1 tight end reps.

Nov 3, 2021 9:32 AM EST

Considered day to day

Bills head coach Sean McDermott said Monday that Knox (hand) is improving and is viewed as day to day, Maddy Glab of the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: After fracturing his hand in a Week 6 win over the Titans, Knox underwent surgery soon after and wasn't available for Sunday's win over the Dolphins, even with the benefit of the Bills being on bye Week 7. Though Knox seems to be healing as expected, McDermott wouldn't promise that the tight end would be available to practice this week. Knox would likely need to get back on the field as at least a limited practice participant by Friday to have a legitimate shot at suiting up next weekend in Jacksonville. Tommy Sweeney served as the primary replacement for Knox in Week 8, recording three receptions for 30 yards on four targets.

Nov 1, 2021 1:40 PM EST

To miss Week 8

Knox, who recently had surgery on his hand, is out for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: It would have been a surprise if the emerging tight end was able to return so soon, but the the Bills are holding out hope that Knox will only miss limited action, as he hasn't been placed on injured reserve yet. Tommy Sweeney is set to handle the receiving routes from the tight end spot against Miami, while the Bills seem sure to sign a free agent or promote someone to serve as depth in Week 8.

Oct 27, 2021 9:33 AM EST

Gets surgery on broken hand

Knox underwent successful surgery Tuesday to repair his fractured hand is expected to miss a few weeks, Mike Garafolo and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network report.

Analysis: Even with Buffalo on bye Week 7, Knox appears destined to miss at least some game action after suffering a broken bone in his hand during Monday's 34-31 loss to the Titans. The Bills haven't offered up a specific timeline for their top tight end's return, but Garofolo notes that the team has hope Knox "won't be out for long." A better indication of when Knox might play again could come when the Bills resume practicing Week 8, but expect the team to head into its next contest Oct. 31 against the Dolphins with Tommy Sweeney as its primary option at tight end. Kahale Warring is also likely to elevated from the practice squad to provide another healthy body at the position.

Oct 20, 2021 6:23 AM EST

Broken bone in hand

Knox suffered a broken bone in his hand during Monday's 34-31 loss to the Titans.

Analysis: Knox was able to handle some plays after suffering the injury, including throwing a two-point conversion to Josh Allen, but it looks like it's possible he could need to miss time. The Bills will enjoy a bye Week 7 before taking on Miami on Oct. 31, so Knox will at least benefit from extra time to rest up.

Oct 19, 2021 7:48 AM EST

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