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Dawson Knox

Buffalo Bills
Tight End #9
Buffalo Bills
Tight End #9
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Dawson Knox News

First score of campaign

Knox caught two of three targets for 17 yards in Sunday's win over the Dolphins, including an eight-yard touchdown.

Analysis: The TD gives Knox his second decent fantasy day of the young season, at least in terms pertaining to depth tight ends. Teams seem to be covering stud wideouts Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley a bit more aggressively than last season, so the Bills found success Sunday using secondary options such as Knox and Devin Singletary. For the second straight week, Knox was the only Buffalo tight end to catch a pass, and he was on the field for 83 percent of the offensive snaps.

Sep 20, 2021 5:14 PM EST


Targeted twice

Knox recorded one reception on two targets for 10 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Bears.

Analysis: Knox made his lone catch of the game on the team's first offensive drive. He was limited otherwise and has now recorded one reception in each of the team's first two preseason games. Knox recorded 24 receptions for 288 yards and three touchdowns across 12 games in his second professional season in 2020. Given that Stefon Diggs, Emmanuel Sanders, Cole Beasley and Gabriel Davis are likely to command targets ahead of him, Knox is unlikely to see a significant uptick in targets in 2021.

Aug 21, 2021 3:40 PM EST



Eyeing bigger role

Knox, who's had an up-and-down start to his career since being drafted in the third round in 2019, heads into the 2021 campaign as the clear starter at tight end and has spent extra time working with quarterback Josh Allen in California this offseason as well as a hand-eye trainer, all in an effort to take his game to a higher level, Marcel-Louis Jacques of ESPN reports.

Analysis: General manager Brandon Beane has been critical of the lack of production from the tight end group, to the point where Buffalo seemed a likely destination for Philadelphia's Zach Ertz this offseason. After not drafting a tight end, the Bills now seem prepared to play out the season with Knox, free-agent signee Jacob Hollister and Tommy Sweeney. While the latter two guys will have depth roles, it's clear that Knox will be the pass-catching threat in a high-powered offense. He's had opportunities in the past with mixed results, as a lack of polish in his routes and the occasional bouts with the "dropsies" seem to always offset some of the Gronk-type plays he's capable of making. If Knox can sharpen up his game to match the work he's been putting in while moving past some of the injury issues (he's been hurt on a few occasions and also was out for a spell due to COVID-19 last season), he could prove to be a nice sleeper candidate at tight end. That said, this will always be an offense that relies heavily on its wide receivers, but if defenses overcompensate after having little success against Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley in 2020, Knox could have some extra looks coming his way.

Jun 25, 2021 3:22 PM EST


Finds end zone in playoff loss

Knox hauled in six of eight targets for 42 yards and a touchdown Sunday in the Bills' 38-24 loss to the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game.

Analysis: Though the Bills ultimately weren't able to keep pace with the high-octane Kansas City offense, Knox did his part to stake Buffalo to an early 9-0 lead. His three-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter was his second score of the postseason, continuing his late-season trend of being a key weapon for quarterback Josh Allen in the red zone. Knox failed to find paydirt through the first 11 weeks of the season before he scored five times in the Bills' final nine games (including playoffs), drawing 12 red-zone looks during that stretch. The Bills are unlikely to add much competition at the position through the draft, free agency or trade market this offseason, so Knox should retain his spot atop the depth chart entering the 2021 campaign.

Jan 28, 2021 8:35 AM EST


Quiet Week 17 outing

Knox caught two of eight targets for 29 yards in Sunday's win over the Dolphins.

Analysis: Drops have been a problem for Knox in his two years in the league, but none of the six misfires Sunday fell into that category. While Knox never eclipsed 51 receiving yards this season, he's become the clear No. 1 tight end for the Bills and has at least four targets in each of the past five games. With Cole Beasley (knee) looking iffy for Saturday's playoff game, Knox could be counted on even more in the short-to-mid passing game.

Jan 5, 2021 10:35 PM EST



Posts season-high 51 yards

Knox secured three of four targets for 51 yards during Monday night's 38-9 win against the Patriots.

Analysis: Buffalo dominated through the air during a Week 16 drubbing of the Patriots, with Knox finishing as the team's No. 2 receiver on a night that consisted of 320 passing yards and four passing scores from Josh Allen. Lee Smith hauled in one of the TDs, and star wideout Stefon Diggs the other three, as Knox remains with three scores of his own on the season (all coming since Week 12). A regular-season finale against Miami's top-ranked scoring defense will be challenging, especially with the unit having surrendered the eighth-fewest receptions to opposing tight ends on the year.

Dec 29, 2020 6:25 PM EST


Snags TD in AFC East-clinching win

Knox caught two of four targets for 36 yards and a touchdown during Saturday's 48-19 win against the Broncos.

Analysis: Knox had to exit Buffalo's Week 15 win because of a stinger, though he was capable of returning to the contest while tying a season high in receiving yards. After going scoreless over his first six appearances of the season, the Ole Miss product has proceeded to go on a tear by posting a trio of TDs over his past four games. 11 targets over the past two outings represent the most in a two-game span over the 24-year-old's career. A Week 16 matchup against New England has the potential to thwart Knox's recent uptick in production, as New England has surrendered an NFL-low one receiving TD to opposing tight ends.

Dec 19, 2020 6:15 PM EST


Returns to action

Knox returned to Saturday's game against the Broncos after suffering a stinger in the first half.

Analysis: Good news for the Bills, as Knox is the only pass-catching tight end in an offense that's been humming on all cylinders lately. We would not be surprised if Knox sees some rest during next week's practices.

Dec 19, 2020 2:46 PM EST


Suffers stringer Saturday

Knox is questionable to return to Saturday's game against the Broncos due to a stinger, Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News reports.

Analysis: Knox suffered a similar injury in the Week 14 win over the Steelers, so this is certainly a concern for him and the Bills. With backup Tyler Kroft inactive again, the Bills will be down to blocker Lee Smith if Knox is unable to return. He did score the Bills' first touchdown of the afternoon, so no matter what the game is not a total loss for his managers.

Dec 19, 2020 2:28 PM EST


Second biggest yardage game of 2020

Knox secured four of seven targets for 34 yards during Sunday's win over the Steelers.

Analysis: Knox suffered a stinger in the game but returned after a brief absence and should be OK to play in Week 15, even if the Bills take it easy on him in practice this week. With Tyler Kroft being made an inactive once again, Knox ended up being a key part of the game plan and made a few big plays in the win. The second-year tight end still needs to work on better reeling in the passes thrown his way -- Knox also lost a fumble in the contest -- but we wouldn't be surprised if this type of workload becomes more standard down the stretch.

Dec 14, 2020 10:57 PM EST


Returns to SNF

Knox (neck) returned to Sunday's game against the Steelers, Ryan Talbot of NewYorkupstate.com reports.

Analysis: Knox came back in late in the third quarter after suffering a stinger just after halftime and caught a pass. He'll continue to top Buffalo's depth chart at tight end while healthy.

Dec 13, 2020 7:45 PM EST


Suffers stinger

Knox (neck) is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Steelers, Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News reports.

Analysis: Knox suffered a stinger early in the third quarter. With Tyler Kroft (coach's decision) inactive, Lee Smith is the only healthy tight end left for the Bills while Knox battles this injury.

Dec 13, 2020 7:24 PM EST


Best game of 2020

Knox caught all four of his targets for 27 yards and a score in Buffalo's win over the 49ers on Monday.

Analysis: The second-year tight end almost got in a second time but was stopped just short of the goal line. It brings hope that he's starting to be used regularly near the end zone. While Knox still has a long way to go to earn fantasy trust -- the 27-yard outing was actually his second-highest output of the season -- teammate Tyler Kroft was inactive once again and Knox has become the clear leader of the Buffalo tight end group. While he's still down in the pecking order, Knox could continue seeing a fair amount of looks like Monday as the Buffalo offense continues to hum.

Dec 7, 2020 10:16 PM EST


Makes one catch count

Knox snagged his only target for a two-yard score in Buffalo's 27-17 win over the Chargers on Sunday.

Analysis: This could have been a much better day for the second-year tight end, as fellow position mate Tyler Kroft was inactive for the contest, while Knox caught his TD on the team's opening drive. However, that was the last time Josh Allen looked his way. Knox became the 12th different Bills player with a TD catch this season, but that in itself tells you a lot about how many weapons the Bills have and how far down the pecking order the tight end position lies. Knox has yet to catch more than two balls in a game this season.

Nov 29, 2020 6:22 PM EST


Nothing doing despite larger role

Knox caught two of four targets for 16 yards during Sunday's 32-30 loss to the Cardinals

Analysis: Knox saw a season-high 70 percent of offensive snaps last weekend while fellow tight end Tyler Kroft was on the reserve/COVID-19 list, but he wasn't able to parlay that opportunity into much fantasy production. The 2019 third-round pick is having a disappointing sophomore season, as he has yet to score or surpass 36 yards in any of his six appearances. Kroft has already managed to return from the COVID-19 list during Buffalo's bye week, a development that essentially bumps Knox off the fantasy radar.

Nov 19, 2020 3:30 PM EST


In line for extra targets?

Knox's teammate Tyler Kroft has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list and won't play in Sunday's game at Arizona.

Analysis: This pretty much ensures that Knox will be out there for any set that requires a tight end serving as a wide receiver Sunday. Knox has had all sorts of issues this season between a concussion, calf injury and his own positive COVID-19 diagnosis, but if there's ever going to be a week for him to get going, this would be the candidate. Buffalo and Arizona feature two of the league's best offenses to date, so the contest has some shootout potential.

Nov 14, 2020 9:21 PM EST


Ready to go Sunday

Knox (calf) is officially active for Sunday's game against the Seahawks.

Analysis: The 23-year-old was considered questionable for Sunday's contest while continuing to battle the calf issue, but he'll be suiting up against Seattle. Knox should work as Buffalo's No. 1 tight end, with Tyler Kroft the next man up should he be limited or suffer a setback.

Nov 8, 2020 8:41 AM EST


Questionable for Week 9

Knox (calf) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Seahawks.

Analysis: Though Knox returned from reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, he remained limited in back-to-back practices due to the calf injury that sidelined him back in Week 6. Given that Knox hasn't practiced fully since suffering the injury Oct. 13, the Bills may be hesitant to keep him active in Week 9. If Knox is ultimately sidelined or limited Sunday, Tyler Kroft would likely serve as the Bills' top tight end.

Nov 6, 2020 11:36 AM EST


Limited in Thursday's practice

Knox (calf) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.

Analysis: Ten days after testing positive for COVID-19, Knox was cleared to rejoin the Bills for practice after he completed a quarantine period that included two consecutive negative test results. Though Knox no longer resides on the reserve/COVID-19 list, he's apparently still troubled by the calf injury that kept him sidelined for the Bills' Week 6 loss to the Chiefs. The tight end may need to upgrade to full participation in Friday's practice to avoid carrying a designation into Sunday's game against the Seahawks.

Nov 6, 2020 9:46 AM EST


Back to practice

Knox (calf/illness) has returned to practice, Sal Capaccio of WGR Sports Radio 550 Buffalo reports.

Analysis: If Knox is back with his teammates, that means he must have cleared COVID-19 protocols after being diagnosed with the virus prior to Week 7. His original issue was a calf injury, so we'll see how he works through the rest of the practice week before assessing the likelihood of him returning to action Sunday against the Seahawks. The Bills have received very little tight end production all season, and it's reached a low point with Knox out of the lineup.

Nov 5, 2020 9:39 AM EST


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