Davis will have a new teammate in the wide receiver corps this season after the Bills signed veteran free agent Emmanuel Sanders.
Analysis: Davis just saw a spike in potential playing time after the Bills released John Brown last week, but team quickly moved to fill the void with Sanders, who has every bit the resume as Brown and then some. That likely pushes Davis back to a No. 4 spot. Even given the Bills' high-powered offense, he'd likely need an injury to one of the top three guys to be reliable for weekly production. That said, his 35-599-7 regular-season line as a rookie shows he's still probably worth a later-round dart.
Mar 17, 2021 10:45 PM EST
Davis' teammate John Brown was released by the Bills on Wednesday.
Analysis: Davis did well in his rookie season, but in the nine regular-season games Brown played, the former was pushed down to the No. 4 receiving role. The Bills need more help at other positions and don't have much cap space -- hence the Brown move -- so there's a chance the team is satisfied entering the 2021 season with Davis as the No. 3 receiver behind Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley. If that happens, Davis will make for a decent fantasy option given his 35-599-7 rookie line in the Bills' newly found high-powered passing game.
Mar 10, 2021 2:50 PM EST
Davis (ankle) failed to reel in any of his three targets during Sunday's loss to the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game.
Analysis: With everyone suited up for the Buffalo offense -- namely John Brown and Cole Beasley -- Davis only saw 22 percent of the offensive snaps, his lowest total in any game this season. While Davis and the Bills left a little on the table to the powerful Chiefs, the rookie should be pleased with his first campaign. Davis appeared in all 16 regular-season games, posting a 35/599/7 line on 62 targets. The TD catches ranked in a tie for second among all NFL rookies, while the yardage total was ninth. The only real cause for concern is if Brown remains part of the team's plan for 2021, as Davis would sit fourth (behind Stefon Diggs, Brown and Beasley) in the WR pecking order entering Week 1. But how often do three veteran receivers all stay healthy for long stretches?
Jan 25, 2021 9:29 AM EST
Davis (ankle) is active for Sunday's AFC Championship Game in Kansas City, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
Analysis: Davis missed practice time this week before returning on a limited basis Friday, after which he was listed as questionable for the big contest. While he's probably not 100 percent, the rookie will be on the field for the biggest game of his football career, where he'll likely serve as the fourth receiving option behind Stefon Diggs, John Brown and Cole Beasley.
Jan 24, 2021 2:14 PM EST
Davis (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Kansas City.
Analysis: Davis returned to practice Friday as a limited participant, potentially setting up a game-day decision ahead of the 6:40 ET kickoff Sunday. If the rookie is inactive or limited, Isaiah McKenzie likely would fill in as the No. 4 receiver.
Jan 22, 2021 11:39 AM EST
Davis (ankle) did not participate in Thursday's practice.
Analysis: Davis has been held out of practice since he sprained his ankle in the divisional-round win over Baltimore. He continued playing after he suffered the injury, finishing the night without any catches on four targets. If Davis isn't available for the AFC Championship Game, the Bills could find more snaps for Isaiah McKenzie and/or one of their tight ends.
Jan 21, 2021 12:54 PM EST
Davis (ankle) is listed as a non-participant on Wednesday's practice report.
Analysis: Davis picked up an ankle injury during last Saturday's AFC divisional-round win over the Ravens, but he was only forced to miss a few snaps before retaking the field. However, the rookie did finish without a catch on four targets, a likely indication that he wasn't playing at full strength. Davis will have two more opportunities to resume practicing ahead of Sunday's AFC Championship Game in Kansas City.
Jan 20, 2021 1:31 PM EST
Davis (ankle) returned to Saturday's divisional-round game against the Ravens, Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: The rookie out of UCF only missed a few plays before returning to action. Davis has been a major asset to the Bills' offense this season, specifically with the deep ball, as he has recorded 10 receptions of longer than 20 yards.
Jan 16, 2021 5:59 PM EST
Davis was forced out of Saturday's AFC divisional-round game against the Ravens with an ankle injury.
Analysis: Gabriel failed to catch his lone target, which was in the end zone, before exiting the game. If the rookie receiver doesn't return, Isaiah McKenzie and Andre Roberts could get more work for the remainder of the game.
Jan 16, 2021 5:54 PM EST
Davis secured all four targets for 85 yards in Saturday's wild-card win over the Colts.
Analysis: The rookie's snap count dropped to 54 percent, the lowest it's been since Week 10, but that was expected with John Brown (reserve/COVID-19 list) back in action starting in Week 17 and resuming his starting spot. Davis was the team's second-leading receiver in the win behind superstar Stefon Diggs' 128 yards, while the rookie has now seen at least four targets in each of the last seven games.
Jan 10, 2021 10:59 PM EST
Davis caught two of five targets for 107 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over the Dolphins.
Analysis: The rookie continues to be worked into the offensive game plan, seeing at least five targets for the fourth straight game. Davis finishes his first regular season with a 35/599/7 line on 62 targets, not bad at all considering his fourth-round status and some of the weapons in front of him. Davis may be counted on with regularity in the postseason, especially if Cole Beasley has trouble regaining full health from a knee injury.
Jan 4, 2021 10:32 PM EST
Davis secured three of five targets for 33 yards in Buffalo's win over the Patriots on Monday.
Analysis: The Bills attempted to involve Davis more than the stat line would indicate, as quarterback Josh Allen was often looking his way even on plays that didn't up with a throw to Davis or were negated by penalties. He's been mostly a touchdown-dependent deep-league play since John Brown went out with an ankle injury, and Davis' managers will be dealing with some extra variables for Week 17, as Brown could return from the reserve/COVID-19 list, plus the team only has seeding at stake with a playoff spot well secured.
Dec 29, 2020 5:01 AM EST
Davis' teammate John Brown was activated from injured reserve Monday but was then moved to the reserve/COVID-19 list, the Bills' official site reports.
Analysis: That keeps Davis as the No. 3 guy in the wide receiver pecking order behind Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley for at least one more game, Monday at New England. Davis didn't do much of anything on five targets last week with just two catches for 18 yards, but he scored a TD in the three games prior, all of them with Brown out due to an ankle injury. Davis has played at least 83 percent of the defensive snaps in the four most recent games Brown has missed.
Dec 28, 2020 2:01 PM EST
Davis secured two of five targets for 18 yards during Saturday's 48-19 win at Denver.
Analysis: Davis' five targets ranked third on the team, but he finished just fifth in receiving output while seeing his three-game touchdown streak snapped. The fourth-round rookie has produced 65-plus receiving yards on different three occasions since Week 9, however, he's been held under 20 yards over his other three appearances during that span. TDs have boosted Davis' value throughout the 2020 campaign, and especially of late, as he has accumulated four scores over his past six appearances heading into a Week 16 road trip to New England.
Dec 19, 2020 6:59 PM EST
Davis' teammate John Brown (ankle) will not return from injured reserve this week against the Broncos.
Analysis: That gives the rookie Davis at least one more week of increased playing time, as he's serves as the clear-cut No. 3 receiver since Brown was put on the shelf. While Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley are the top two guys in the Buffalo offense, Davis has a TD catch in three straight games and has seen at least four targets and 83 percent of the offensive snap counts in each contest.
Dec 18, 2020 5:50 AM EST
Davis caught three of eight targets for 19 yards and a score in the Sunday night win over the Steelers.
Analysis: While Davis wasn't very efficient and probably could have held on to an extra ball or two, that does give him scores in three straight games as he continues to thrive with starter John Brown on IR. Brown is expected to return at some point, but with the Buffalo offense clicking on all cylinders these days, Davis makes for a good play as long as his teammate remains on the shelf. Davis surprisingly leads the team in receiving touchdowns this season with six.
Dec 13, 2020 10:52 PM EST
Davis brought in three of four targets for 68 yards and a touchdown in the Bills' 34-24 win over the 49ers on Monday night.
Analysis: Davis didn't come close to enjoying the volume of position mates Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley, but he still made his mark with a 28-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter in which he got behind multiple 49ers defenders down the right sideline. The rookie speedster now has a touchdown grab in three of the past four contests, and he figures to continue enjoying a low-volume, high-upside role as long as John Brown (ankle) remains on injured reserve.
Dec 7, 2020 9:09 PM EST
Davis caught three of four targets for 79 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 27-17 win over the Chargers.
Analysis: Davis caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Cole Beasley on a trick play in the second quarter and also hauled in a 44-yard pass from quarterback Josh Allen. The rookie third-round pick easily led all Bills receivers in yardage with Stefon Diggs limited to a season-low 39 yards. Davis now has four touchdowns and should continue to start on the outside opposite Diggs against the 49ers in Week 13 with John Brown (ankle) on IR.
Nov 29, 2020 2:32 PM EST
Davis' teammate John Brown was placed on injured reserve Saturday due to a knee injury.
Analysis: Davis was already lined up for a main role in Sunday's game against the Chargers, but he'll now get at least two more games in a top-three role due to his veteran teammate being moved to IR. Perhaps that extra bit of responsibility is enough to break a tie for those managers choosing between deeper WR options.
Nov 28, 2020 10:35 PM EST
Davis' teammate John Brown (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Chargers.
Analysis: Brown previously missed Weeks 5 and 7, allowing Davis to play 100 and 95 percent of snaps on offense. The rookie caught five of nine targets for 58 yards in the first of those games, but the Jets limited him to one catch on three targets a couple weeks later. While production is far from guaranteed, Davis figures to play a lot of snaps and run a lot of routes this week.
Nov 27, 2020 11:18 AM EST
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