Gabriel Davis

Buffalo Bills
Wide Receiver #13
Buffalo Bills
Wide Receiver #13
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Gabriel Davis News

Game of his life in playoff loss

Davis caught eight of 10 targets for 201 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 42-36 overtime loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: Davis caught all four of Josh Allen's passing touchdowns, scoring from 18, 75, 27 and 19 yards out. The last two touchdowns both gave the Bills the lead within the final two minutes of regulation, only for the Chiefs to answer both times. Buffalo never got a chance to respond in overtime, as Kansas City won the coin toss and drove it down for a game-winning touchdown. Davis emerged as a consistent contributor in Buffalo's offense down the stretch and took his game to another level in this one, leaving a strong final impression to close out his sophomore season. With the big-armed Allen slinging it his way, Davis' fantasy arrow is pointing up.

Jan 23, 2022 10:37 PM EST

Does little with big volume Sunday

Davis caught three of 14 targets for 39 yards in Sunday's 27-10 win over the Jets.

Analysis: The second-year wideout tied Stefon Diggs for the team lead in targets on the day, but Davis did far less with the volume than Buffalo's No. 1 receiver. He wraps up the regular season with 35 catches on 63 targets for 549 yards and six TDs, numbers nearly identical to his production as a rookie, and Davis' role in the postseason will depend largely on the health of Emmanuel Sanders (knee), who sat out three of the Bills' last four games.

Jan 9, 2022 9:59 PM EST

Three catches with Sanders out

Davis brought in all three targets for 40 yards in the Bills' 29-15 win over the Falcons on Sunday.

Analysis: Davis saw an elevated role with Emmanuel Sanders (knee) out but couldn't parlay it into appreciable production. The speedster's reception and receiving yardage were second on the team to those of Stefon Diggs' totals in those categories, but they weren't anything that was going to put fantasy managers over the top in their championship games. Davis will have one more opportunity to tune up for the postseason in a Week 18 finale against the vulnerable Jets secondary.

Jan 2, 2022 4:38 PM EST

Candidate for added work

Davis is a candidate to start and see a high snap share Sunday against Atlanta with Emmanuel Sanders (knee) inactive for the contest, Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Davis had been catching fire prior to missing Week 16 due to being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, as he had caught a total of four touchdowns in three games leading up to that designation. Amended NFL protocol will allow the second-year wideout to re-take the field against the Falcons, who are a bottom-3 team in terms of fantasy points allowed to wide receivers in PPR formats. Not only is the matchup favorable, but Davis will presumably get to work as a WR3 behind Stefon Digs and Cole Beasley. With Buffalo often using three wide receiver sets, the opportunity will at least be there to recapture that momentum he had been building in Weeks 13-15.

Jan 2, 2022 8:57 AM EST

Activated by Buffalo

The Bills activated Davis (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday.

Analysis: Davis was initially expected to miss two games since he's unvaccinated and tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday. However, he'll be eligible to return to practice Wednesday and suit up Sunday against Atlanta after the NFL adjusted its rules for unvaccinated players returning to game action. Cole Beasley (illness) was also activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, so Davis should slot into his usual role in Week 17.

Dec 29, 2021 7:42 AM EST

Not playing Weeks 16, 17

Davis, who was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday after testing positive for the virus, won't be available for games Sunday against the Patriots or Week 17 against the Falcons due to his status as an unvaccinated player, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Davis and Cole Beasley are both following the protocols for unvaccinated players and must quarantine for 10 days after their positive tests Friday and Tuesday, respectively. Because Beasley tested positive earlier in the week, his 10-day period will conclude prior to the Jan. 2 game against the Falcons, while Davis won't be cleared until a day after that. Though Buffalo received good news with Emmanuel Sanders (knee) practicing fully and thus looking likely to play this weekend, the team's depth beyond Sanders and No. 1 wideout Stefon Diggs is now being tested. Look for Isaiah McKenzie to pick up snaps out of the slot in place of Beasley, while Jake Kumerow and potentially Marquez Stevenson pick up more reps on the perimeter.

Dec 24, 2021 8:42 AM EST

Lands on COVID list

Davis (undisclosed) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday.

Analysis: Davis appeared poised for an increased role this weekend after Cole Beasley tested positive for COVID-19, but Davis has now joined him on the reserve list. It's unclear if Davis tested positive for the virus or if he's considered a close contact, and he'll likely be out Sunday at New England given the quick turnaround. Isaiah McKenzie could operate as Buffalo's No. 3 wide receiver behind Stefon Diggs and Emmanuel Sanders this weekend.

Dec 24, 2021 7:56 AM EST

Opportunity keeps knocking

Davis' teammate Cole Beasley was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday.

Analysis: The early thought is Beasley is set to miss Sunday's game in New England. While we'll await official word on that, starting receiver Emmanuel Sanders (knee) seems like a sketchy proposition for that game as well, meaning if Davis is somehow still on your league's waiver wire you'll want to queue that up. The second-year wideout has four touchdowns over his last three games -- even if the matchup proves to be as tough as it seems on paper, Davis looks to be out there for at least 85 percent of the offensive plays. Davis has either a TD catch or 100 receiving yards in all four games where he's seen at least half the offensive snaps this season.

Dec 21, 2021 2:59 PM EST

Big game in spot start

Davis caught five passes for 85 yards and two touchdowns on seven targets against Carolina on Sunday.

Analysis: Davis stepped into the starting role normally held by Emmanuel Sanders (knee) and thrived, even scoring one of his touchdowns against feared corner Stephon Gilmore (though Gilmore seemed confused on the coverage that play, to be fair). Going back to his rookie year Davis has been almost automatic with his otherwise inconsistent usage, so it will be interesting to see if the Bills get him more playing time going forward even after Sanders' eventual return. The Bills tried to use Sanders as their main downfield receiver this year, but at 34 it's possible that Sanders just isn't as good at that role at this point as Davis might be. With that said, if the Bills don't change their wide receiver depth chart a bit then Davis might go back to a bench role whenever Sanders returns.

Dec 19, 2021 1:47 PM EST

Headed for Week 15 start

Davis is expected to join Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Panthers with Emmanuel Sanders (knee) expected to miss the contest, Sal Maiorana of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports.

Analysis: The Bills have yet to officially rule Sanders out for the home game versus Carolina, but he hasn't taken part in either of the team's first two practices of Week 15 and was labeled week-to-week after picking up the knee injury in last Sunday's overtime loss to the Buccaneers. While Sanders was sidelined for the entire second half of that contest, Davis stepped in and had a major role in the Bills' comeback bid. He scored on a four-yard touchdown reception with just under five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter to cut the Bills' deficit to three, then reeled in a pass on the team's final drive of regulation to convert on fourth down and set up a game-tying field goal. All told, Davis played 84 percent of the offensive snaps and finished with eight targets, both of which were season highs. With dual-threat quarterback Josh Allen nursing a toe injury that could limit his involvement as a runner this week and the team's running backs not inspiring much confidence of late, the Bills could continue to lean into a pass-heavy game plan against Carolina, which could make Davis an intriguing low-cost option in DFS contests.

Dec 16, 2021 3:46 PM EST

Finds end zone again

Davis caught five of eight targets for 43 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's overtime loss to the Buccaneers.

Analysis: That makes back-to-back weeks with scores for the second-year wideout, who could see a boost in role if veteran Emmanuel Sanders is held out of action in Week 15. Davis only has one 100-yard game his season, but he's found the end zone four times after doing so seven times as a rookie. The Bills have a few plays they like to dial up where they look Davis' way in the red zone.

Dec 13, 2021 10:06 PM EST

Scores in defeat

Davis caught two of four targets for 30 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 14-10 loss to the Patriots.

Analysis: Davis opened the scoring for Buffalo with a 14-yard touchdown during the first quarter, marking his third end-zone trip of the campaign. He also made another catch later on, meeting his usual yardage standard despite wind gusts of around 50 miles per hour heavily restricting the passing game. Davis will now hope his personal momentum from scoring Monday will translate into another positive showing versus the Buccaneers in Week 14.

Dec 6, 2021 8:51 PM EST

Modest performance in easy win

Davis caught two of three targets for 47 yards in Thursday's 31-6 win over the Saints.

Analysis: While Davis had two long-gainers on pretty catches, he didn't get in on any of Josh Allen's four touchdowns and has only found the end zone twice this season after visiting it seven times in his rookie 2020 season. Davis will remain a hit-or-miss fantasy option unless injuries strike the Buffalo offense, as Stefon Diggs, Cole Beasley and tight end Dawson Knox remain clearly ahead of him in the pecking order.

Nov 25, 2021 11:50 PM EST

Bounces back big

Davis caught all three of his targets for 105 yards in Sunday's 45-17 win over the Jets.

Analysis: The day really belonged to superstar Stefon Diggs (8-162-1) but Davis hauled in a couple of long ones and gave the Bills two 100-yard receivers on the day. With tight end Dawson Knox back in the fold and presumably ready to take on more targets down the stretch, Davis will remain a hit-or-miss option in a crowded offense, where he works as the fourth receiver and the fifth or sixth option in a high-powered passing game. The yardage total blew right past Davis' previous high of 40 this season, but it's worth noting he's had more than three targets in a game only twice in 2021, plus he put up a 0-0-0 line just a week ago.

Nov 15, 2021 1:29 PM EST

Shut out in terrible team loss

Davis failed to haul in either of his two targets in Sunday's 9-6 loss to Jacksonville.

Analysis: Davis couldn't follow up his modestly decent 4-29-1 line in the Week 8 win over Miami, and this was the third doughnut the second-year wideout has put up this season. With tight end Dawson Knox seemingly on the mend, Davis' opportunities for increased targets won't be getting much better any time soon. He's a good young receiver but is living in a crowded house, so his only iota of value lies in the occasional touchdown dart or if you can afford to keep a reserve spot with the thought that Stefon Diggs, Emmanuel Sanders or Cole Beasley could eventually hit the shelf.

Nov 8, 2021 9:19 AM EST

First trip to end zone since Week 1

Davis caught four of five targets for 29 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 26-11 win over the Dolphins.

Analysis: It's been a pretty dry season for Davis as the clear No. 4 wide receiver, though he did seem to pick up extra targets this week in the absence of tight end Dawson Knox, whose status remains uncertain due to a broken hand. Davis saw action on 44 percent of the offensive plays. While the second-year wideout hans't gone over 40 yards in a game this season, we'll see if he remains more involved should Knox miss more time. HIs only other path to fantasy relevance seems to be an injury to either Stefon Diggs, Emmanuel Sanders or Cole Beasley, all of whom are much more involved in the weekly game plan than Davis.

Nov 2, 2021 1:30 PM EST

Small production continues

Davis caught both of his targets for 25 yards during Monday's 34-31 loss to Tennessee.

Analysis: Sadly, this was Davis' second-best game of the season, as he's fallen behind several other options in the Buffalo passing game following a strong rookie campaign. The Bills head to their bye for Week 7, while those holding out hope for Davis' resurgence should pay attention to Dawson Knox's status, as the starting tight end suffered a hand injury Monday and any potential absence could be something that starts yielding Davis more than the infrequent looks he's been receiving to date.

Oct 18, 2021 9:59 PM EST

Shut out in blowout win

Davis failed to bring in his only target during Sunday's 40-0 win over Houston.

Analysis: Davis was one of the few Bills who didn't get in on the scoring frenzy, failing to catch a pass for the second time this season despite playing 43 percent of the snaps on offense. Despite a pleasantly surprising rookie season, Davis has been pushed down in this high-powered and currently healthy offense in his second NFL campaign. Part of that stems from the emergence of tight end Dawson Knox, who's now a regular presence in the passing game, plus Emmanuel Sanders is a viable No. 2 receiver after the Bills spent 2020 looking for deeper weapons like Davis due to former Bills wideout John Brown being hurt most of the season.

Oct 5, 2021 9:49 PM EST

Cedes big catches to others

Davis caught his only target for 23 yards in Sunday's win over Washington.

Analysis: While the game was a blowout win for the Bills, the fact that Davis only saw 23 offensive snaps is a bit of a concern. Perhaps the team was just taking it easy on Davis' minor ankle injury, but he's only received six targets through three games and has been on the field for 33 percent (Week 2) and 29 percent (Week 3) of the offensive snaps the last two games. With Stefon Diggs, Cole Beasley, Emmanuel Sanders and perhaps even tight end Dawson Knox all ahead of Davis in the passing game pecking order, the second-year wideout may be best off left on the bench for now.

Sep 27, 2021 5:21 PM EST

Ready for Sunday

Davis (ankle) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's game against Washington

Analysis: Davis has been impacted by an ankle injury the past two weeks, with the second-year wide receiver logging limited practices Wednesday and Thursday. Fortunately for Davis, he managed every rep to wrap up Week 3 prep, clearing him to suit up this weekend. He's served as the Bills' No. 4 WR this season en route to two catches (on five targets) for 40 yards and one TD, all of which occurred in the opener.

Sep 24, 2021 11:29 AM EST

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