Gabriel Davis

Buffalo Bills
Wide Receiver #13
Buffalo Bills
Wide Receiver #13
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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


Limited at practice Wednesday

Davis was a limited participant during Wednesday's practice, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: Davis' limited participation shouldn't be a concern as the second-year wideout logged a pair of limited sessions before being active for Week 2. However, the 22-year-old played in only 21 offensive snaps and didn't receive a target after registering 43 snaps and five targets during Week 1. It's worth monitoring his status throughout the week, but he will likely be active for Sunday's contest against Washington.

Sep 22, 2021 9:55 AM EST


Cleared for Week 2

Davis (ankle) is active Week 2 against the Dolphins.

Analysis: Despite missing Wednesday's practice and logging a pair of limited sessions to close out the week, reports out of Buffalo had indicated Davis was trending towards an "active" status. Last week, a three-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter helped Davis reach double-digit fantasy points, but it's worth noting that the second-year wideout was fourth among Buffalo receivers in snap share. Stefon Diggs, Cole Beasley and Emmanuel Sanders each saw more consistent time on the field, so it seems Davis still has some depth chart climbing to do.

Sep 19, 2021 8:30 AM EST


On track for Week 2

Davis (ankle) is expected to play in Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Davis is still listed as questionable, but he's on track to be active for Week 2. After a seven-touchdown rookie season, Davis started strong in Week 1 with two receptions for 40 yards and a score. However, those touchdowns will be tough to depend on while in a deep wideout corps with Stefon Diggs, Emmanuel Sanders and Cole Beasley.

Sep 18, 2021 8:17 PM EST


Remains limited Friday

Davis (ankle) remained limited in practice Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday's matchup with Miami.

Analysis: Davis practiced on a limited basis both Thursday and Friday after missing Wednesday's practice. He's fourth on the Bills' wide receiver depth chart but scored the team's lone touchdown in Week 1, so Davis will be missed if he can't go against the Dolphins. Davis' status will likely be determined shortly before kickoff.

Sep 17, 2021 10:49 AM EST


Logs limited practice

Davis (ankle) returned to a limited practice Thursday.

Analysis: After sitting out Wednesday's session, Davis' return to practice, albeit in a limited fashion, bodes well for his chances of playing Sunday against the Dolphins. Friday's final injury report of the week will reveal whether the Bills' No. 4 receiver heads into the weekend with an injury designation or cleared for Week 2 action.

Sep 16, 2021 12:31 PM EST


Back at practice

Davis (ankle) was present for practice Thursday, Alaina Getzenberg of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Davis sat out Wednesday's session, but his return to practice Thursday has the wideout headed in the right direction as Sunday's game against the Dolphins approaches. The Bills' upcoming injury report will reveal whether Davis practiced fully or was limited.

Sep 16, 2021 10:28 AM EST


Misses practice

Davis (lower body) won't practice Wednesday, Alaina Getzenberg of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Davis logged 43 snaps in Week 1, en route catching two of his five targets for 40 yards and a TD in the Bills' loss to the Steelers. Stefon Diggs, Cole Beasley and Emmanuel Sanders all saw more playing time than Davis did in the team's opener, a context that suggests that steady volume could elude him, so long as the aforementioned trio remains available.

Sep 15, 2021 9:20 AM EST


Big finish to preseason

Davis caught all five of his targets for 75 yards and a score in Saturday's preseason win over the Packers.

Analysis: Activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday afternoon, Davis indoctrinated himself right back into the Buffalo offense, as his TD snag on an absolute laser from Josh Allen in the first quarter was a thing of beauty from all angles. Davis is set to serve as the No. 4 wide receiver this season, and while that's normally not a productive spot in fantasy terms, the Buffalo offense may chuck it enough that there's value in mid to deeper leagues. Davis put up a 35-599-7 line as a rookie last season with similar third/fourth WR treatment.

Aug 28, 2021 3:14 PM EST


Activated before preseason finale

Davis was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday afternoon.

Analysis: The Bills also activated WR Cole Beasley and DTs Vernon Butler and Star Lotulelei. It's unclear if any of them will play in Saturday's preseason game against Green Bay, but all four should be fine for Week 1 versus the Steelers. Davis likely will open the year as Buffalo's No. 4 wide receiver, but in an offense that uses four-wide sets more than most, rotating in behind three starters who are 27, 32 and 34 years old.

Aug 27, 2021 11:12 AM EST


Out next five days

Davis has been removed from the Bills' facility and now must undergo a five-day reentry process after he was deemed a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reports.

Analysis: The same goes for Cole Beasley, while Stefon Diggs (knee) and Emmanuel Sanders (foot) are still nursing minor injuries. It might not be the prettiest week of practice in Buffalo, but there's a good chance QB Josh Allen has each of his top-four wideouts healthy for the season opener against Pittsburgh on Sept. 12. Seemingly the No. 4 receiver, Davis figures to get some snaps every week but might need an injury in front of him to see enough volume for mainstream fantasy value.

Aug 24, 2021 6:59 AM EST


Gets more involved

Davis recorded three receptions on four targets for 29 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Bears.

Analysis: Davis was held off the stat sheet in the team's preseason opener but got more involved in Saturday's contest. He showed a connection with Mitchell Trubisky, recording a reception of 13 yards and a pair of eight-yard catches. Davis is entering his second season in the NFL after posting a promising line of 35 receptions for 599 yards and seven touchdowns in his rookie campaign. The team added Emmanuel Sanders this offseason, meaning Davis may find it difficult to take a big step forward in 2021.

Aug 21, 2021 3:49 PM EST


Goose egg in preseason opener

Davis wasn't targeted in Friday's 16-15 preseason win over Detroit.

Analysis: Davis was the top Bills wide receiver dressed with Stefon Diggs (knee), Cole Beasley and Emmanuel Sanders all being held out, but Mitchell Trubisky didn't look Davis' way on any of the 2020 fourth-round pick's 11 offensive snaps. Look for Davis to have more involvement in Week 2 of preseason against the Bears as he looks to usurp some of the snaps on the outside opposite Diggs from Sanders.

Aug 14, 2021 10:21 AM EST


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