Dawson Knox

Dawson Knox

Tight End #9
Team: Buffalo Bills
Ht / Wt:6'4" / 254 lb.
College:Ole Miss
Born:November 14, 1996
Drafted:2019 / Rd. 3 (96)
Draft Team:BUF

Dawson Knox: Rarin' to go Year 2

Knox has been working on things this offseason that will help him reduce his number of dropped passes in 2020, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports. "I think a big piece of it is going to be his availability and his consistency," said head coach Sean McDermott this week. "Sometimes what you see the first year is the lack of at times consistency, and I think Dawson is aware of that and he's committed to developing to the point where that becomes a strength of his and we're here to help him with it."

Analysis: Knox had the NFL's worst drop rate (12 percent) among tight end qualifiers in 2019 and his 56 percent catch rate was pretty terrible, though you can't just look at those numbers and say he had a bad season. To the contrary, he filled a major hole after starter Tyler Kroft suffered a broken foot before the season. Knox finished with a 28/388/2 line, far better than his initial projections. Knox will likely be competing with Kroft -- who returned toward the end of the season -- for the bigger role in Buffalo's offense, but he's the guy with the bigger upside if he can win the job outright, or even cause the Bills to think about cutting Kroft in a potential cost-cutting move. He's worth watching as he continues to get more familiar with the NFL game -- Knox started his college career as a quarterback -- as well as offensive coordinator Brian Daboll's system.

July 8, 2020 9:21 PM EST

Dawson Knox: Strong rookie season

Knox caught 28 of 50 targets for 388 yards and two scores during his rookie campaign.

Analysis: Knox was picked in the third round as more of a project type and had been expected to serve as the backup to free-agent signee Tyler Kroft, but Kroft struggled with injuries and Knox ended becoming the starter for much of the season. While the Mississippi product struggled a bit with drops, he also showed a knack for big plays and an ability to rumble for yards after the catch. Kroft is healthy again, but Knox offers more upside and for now a better rapport with quarterback Josh Allen, so there's a chance he gets to take the starter's job and run with it in 2020.

January 25, 2020 11:00 PM EST

Dawson Knox: Won't play in Week 17

Knox is inactive for Sunday's game against the Jets.

Analysis: As is running back Devin Singletary, as well as wide receivers John Brown and Cole Beasley, with the Bills resting several key players Sunday with their playoff seeding locked in.

December 29, 2019 8:52 AM EST

Dawson Knox: Misses paydirt by a whisker

Knox caught just one of his four targets for 33 yards during Saturday's loss to the Patriots.

Analysis: Knox caught what looked like a TD on a beautiful throw from Josh Allen, but he was ruled down just outside the goal line, where Allen then threw a short TD pass to left tackle Dion Dawkins of all people. That turned a nice outing for Knox into his usual modest one, as he's now caught exactly one ball in each of the last three games.

December 21, 2019 10:08 PM EST

Dawson Knox: Misses paydirt by a whisker

Knox caught just one of his four targets for 33 yards during Saturday's loss to the Patriots.

Analysis: Knox caught what looked like a TD on a beautiful throw from Josh Allen, but he was ruled down just outside the goal line, where Allen then threw a short TD pass to left tackle Dion Dawkins, of all people. That turned a nice outing for Knox into his usual modest one, as he's now caught exactly one ball in each of the last three games.

December 21, 2019 10:00 PM EST

Dawson Knox: Quiet once again

Knox caught his only target for 11 yards during Sunday's win over the Steelers.

Analysis: Veteran Tyler Kroft had the big tight end catch, a go-ahead touchdown that in essence vaulted the Bills into the playoffs, while Knox's role was modest all evening. Knox was on the field for 48 percent of the offensive snaps (his lowest since Week 8) to Kroft's 29 percent, but the Bills and their up-and-down offense continue to spread it around too much for the rookie to offer any kind of consistent production.

December 16, 2019 8:40 AM EST

Dawson Knox: One catch, chunk yardage

Knox caught just one of four targets for 37 yards during Sunday's loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: Surprisingly, the 37 yards led the team, which shows just how much the Baltimore defense stifled the Buffalo passing attack all day. Knox dropped one key pass, but made up for it with a doozy of a catch that was pretty much a one-handed snag for big yardage. The rookie continues to have long-term appeal, but the modest yardage was his high in the last four games, while Knox is maintaining a pattern of catching between one and four balls in every game this season, save for one shutout in Week 8.

December 9, 2019 9:28 PM EST

Dawson Knox: Quiet day while Beasley shines

Knox brought in three of four targets for 17 yards during Thursday's win over the Cowboys.

Analysis: Unless you count John Brown's touchdown pass, no receiver or tight end did much of anything besides Cole Beasley, who piled up 110 yards and a TD against his former team. Knox was also targeted on a couple of other plays involving penalties, while Tyler Kroft wasn't even looked at in the passing game and saw just 18 percent of the offensive snaps compared to Knox's 78 percent. There's probably one big game down the stretch where the game plan will center around the rookie, but Brown remains the only target in the Buffalo passing game that can be counted on week after week.

November 29, 2019 9:02 AM EST

Dawson Knox: Little involvement Week 12

Knox caught both of his targets for 11 yards during Sunday's win over the Broncos.

Analysis: The Bills ran all over the Broncos and didn't need to go downfield much, instead running frequently with Devin Singletary and Frank Gore (36 carries between them) while sprinkling in short underneath passes to Cole Beasley. Knox did see 78 percent of the offensive snaps to Tyler Kroft's 31, so it's clear he's become the starting tight end even with Kroft back to full health. That said, this is an offense that hasn't produced a 300-yard passer for an eye-popping 44 straight games, so production for anyone outside of John Brown will remain hit or miss.

November 25, 2019 9:02 AM EST

Dawson Knox: Scores second touchdown of season

Knox caught two of three targets for 32 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 37-20 win over Miami.

Analysis: Knox made his mark just before half time, catching a pass over the middle and slipping a tackle for a 23-yard touchdown. The rookie has been impressive at times this season averaging 14.0 yards per catch, but probably isn't consistent enough -- even on an offense lacking many other weapons in the passing game -- to count on week to week. Next up is a stingy Denver pass defense.

November 17, 2019 2:56 PM EST

Dawson Knox: No injury tag for Week 11

Knox (knee) practiced fully Friday and does not carry an injury designation for Sunday's game in Miami, the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: As expected, the issue turned out to be a minor one for the rookie, and he should be full-go for this week's contest as the Bills try to maintain the top wild-card spot in the playoff chase. While a finally healthy Tyler Kroft may take away some of Knox's targets, it didn't play out that way last week, where Knox posted season highs in receptions (4) and targets (6). Until Kroft starts getting more involved, Knox can be considered the team's top fantasy tight end, albeit in an inconsistent passing offense.

November 15, 2019 11:16 AM EST

Dawson Knox: Back at practice

Knox (knee) returned to practice Friday,Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: Some minor knee soreness caused the tight end to sit out Thursday's practice, but Knox's return to the field Friday suggests that he'll be a go Sunday against the Dolphins. The Bills' final injury report of the week figures to either list Knox as questionable for the contest, or clear him fully.

November 15, 2019 9:30 AM EST

Dawson Knox: Minor knee issue

Knox missed practice Thursday due to a sore knee, Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Coach Sean McDermott expects the rookie back at practice Friday, though we'll see if that comes into fruition when the team hits the field for its last session prior to Sunday's divisional showdown in Miami. Given that Knox practiced Wednesday and his coach is downplaying the issue, it sounds like there's still a good chance Knox will suit up for Week 11.

November 14, 2019 11:05 AM EST

Dawson Knox: Slow Week 5 outing

Knox caught just two of five targets for 12 yards in Sunday's win at Tennessee.

Analysis: While Knox saw a season-high 72 percent of the offensive snaps and still doesn't have to compete with starter Tyler Kroft (ankle) for looks, the game flow just didn't go his way in what was a low-scoring battle between two close-to-the-vest teams. Knox has emerged as Josh Allen's third favorite target in the passing game behind John Brown and Cole Beasley, but with a bye on tap and Knox seemingly set to return at some point, the rookie's production could take a hit in future weeks.

October 8, 2019 9:00 PM EST

Dawson Knox: Kroft out again

Knox's teammate Tyler Kroft will miss Week 5 against the Titans due to an ankle injury.

Analysis: Knox has really been making his mark in Knox's absence, taking over as the starting pass-catching tight end while catching three balls each of the last two weeks, including his first NFL touchdown in Week 3. Knox was on the field for a season-high 65 percent of the offensive plays last week against the Patriots -- expect a similar workload this week with a handful of targets.

October 4, 2019 1:33 PM EST

Dawson Knox: Makes most of limited targets

Knox caught all three of his targets for 58 yards during Sunday's loss to the Patriots.

Analysis: Working as the starter in the absence of starter Tyler Kroft, Knox made a dent in the passing game for a second straight week. Watching him run after the catch, it's easy to see the Bills plucked a talented rookie in the third round, while his 18.0 YPC on eight catches are way up there for a tight end. If Kroft (ankle) has to sit for another week or two, Knox becomes a viable sneaky option for those in deeper leagues dealing with bye weeks.

September 30, 2019 8:48 AM EST

Dawson Knox: Kroft unlikely for Week 4

Knox's teammate Tyler Kroft did not practice again Friday and is unlikely to suit up for Sunday's game against the Patriots.

Analysis: That will make Knox the starter yet again following a week where he posted a 3-67-1 line, including a huge Shockey-like play where he trucked over a couple of Bengals on the Bills' finale and go-ahead touchdown drive. Keep in mind that Knox only has 10 targets through three games, so while his rookie season is progressing nicely, there will still be weeks where he puts up low production, and he could take a back seat to Kroft if the veteran ever gets fully healthy.

September 27, 2019 8:36 AM EST

Dawson Knox: Has breakout game

Knox caught three of four targets for 67 yards and a touchdown while adding a nine-yard rush in Sunday's 21-17 win over the Bengals.

Analysis: The rookie third-rounder delivered a breakout performance after seeing limited action in his first two games. Knox opened the scoring with a one-yard touchdown catch and got most of his yardage on a 49-yard reception. The promising young tight end will look to build on this performance when the Patriots pay a visit in Week 4.

September 22, 2019 2:50 PM EST

Dawson Knox: Modest part of plan

Knox saw the field for 41 offensive snaps during Sunday's win over the Giants, catching just one of four targets for 18 yards.

Analysis: Knox earned some praise as a blocker on a few key plays, but he made a few rookie mistakes as well. One bright spot is that he saw the field much more than fellow pass-catching tight end Tommy Sweeney (21 snaps), though both players will be pushed further down the pecking order when starter Tyler Kroft returns from his broken foot, which should happen soon.

September 16, 2019 9:29 AM EST

Dawson Knox: Quiet pro debut

Knox was targeted twice in Sunday's win over the Jets, catching one ball for a yard.

Analysis: Knox played 55 percent of the offensive snaps to Lee Smith's 39 percent and Tommy Sweeney's 33 percent, though Sweeney outproduced him with two catches for 35 yards. Knox had a good summer leading into his first NFL campaign, but a late hamstring injury really set him back. With Tyler Kroft (broken foot) about to re-enter the fray in a week or two, Knox has probably missed his window for fantasy production as a rookie, unless injuries strike the group later in the season.

September 9, 2019 8:55 AM EST

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