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Isaiah McKenzie

Buffalo Bills
Wide Receiver #84
Buffalo Bills
Wide Receiver #84

Isaiah McKenzie News

Returns to full practice

McKenize practiced fully Thursday after being limited during Wednesday's session due to a shoulder injury.

Analysis: The depth receiver and dangerous return man seems pretty likely to have a clear designation Friday ahead of the Bills' upcoming matchup with the rival Dolphins. McKenzie busted off 144 combined return yards in the Week 1 loss to the Steelers.

Sep 16, 2021 2:04 PM EST

Limited participant in practice

McKenzie (shoulder) was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: McKenzie injured his shoulder catching a punt early in Sunday's season opener against the Steelers. The receiver was able to return to action later in the game. The Bills' starting return man's status for Sunday's game is uncertain at this point. If McKenzie is unable to play, the Bills will need to find a new return man, as McKenzie's backup, Marquez Stevenson, is on injured reserve.

Sep 15, 2021 6:18 PM EST

Back in Sunday

McKenzie (shoulder) returned to Sunday's game versus the Bills, Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News reports.

Analysis: McKenzie had to leave the field for a spell after calling for a fair catch in the first quarter, but he was able to come back in and field another punt in the second quarter. Expect him to resume return duties for the Bills moving forward.

Sep 12, 2021 11:34 AM EST

Picks up shoulder injury

McKenzie suffered a shoulder injury during Sunday's game against the Steelers, Alaina Getzenberg of reports.

Analysis: McKenzie returned the opening kickoff 75 yards to set up the Bills at the Steelers' 24-yard line. After going up 3-0, Buffalo forced a punt on Pittsburgh's first possession, which resulted in a McKenzie fair catch. He promptly went to the sideline tent and then to the locker room without a jersey or pads, per Getzenberg. Now deemed questionable to return, it'll be interesting to see who the Bills entrust to return kicks as long as McKenzie is sidelined.

Sep 12, 2021 10:29 AM EST

Ready for Week 10

McKenzie (shoulder) was listed as a full participant for the third straight day Friday and does not have an injury designation for Sunday's opener against the Steelers.

Analysis: McKenzie's status was never really in doubt, and he appears primed to serve as the team's main return man against Pittsburgh. His ability to take the field may prove more important if starting wideout Emmanuel Sanders (foot) is limited or unable to suit up.

Sep 10, 2021 2:42 PM EST

Ready for Week 1

McKenzie (shoulder) was listed as a limited practice participant Wednesday.

Analysis: Go Go Gadget should be a full go-go for the Week 1 matchup against the Steelers, where he'll serve as the team's top return man and utility option in certain offensive formations.

Sep 8, 2021 12:53 PM EST

On track for Week 1

Buffalo head coach Sean McDermott said Tuesday that he expects McKenzie (shoulder) to be a "full go" for Sunday's season opener versus Pittsburgh, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: With that in mind, McKenzie looks on track to turn in three full practices Wednesday through Friday, which should erase any concerns about the health of the shoulder he injured in an Aug. 24 workout. McKenzie is expected to fill a depth role in Buffalo's wideout corps while also serving as the team's top option in the return game.

Sep 7, 2021 9:29 AM EST

Gearing up for Week 1

McKenzie was back at practice Wednesday after missing time with a shoulder injury, Mark Gaughan of The Buffalo News reports.

Analysis: McKenzie enters the season as the team's clear top return man. With fellow speedster Marquez Stevenson on IR with a head injury, McKenzie's ability to suit up for at least the first three weeks of the season takes on added importance for the Bills. Based on Wednesday's development, it doesn't sound like that's going to be an issue.

Sep 1, 2021 10:49 PM EST

Still hurting

McKenzie, who remains out after suffering a shoulder injury Tuesday, is in-between day-to-day and week-to-week in terms of when he will return, coach Sean McDermott told Maddy Glab of the Bills' official site.

Analysis: McKenzie also picked up a fine this week for reportedly not wearing his mask in designated areas around the team, so it's been a rough stretch for the Bills' key utility guy. While McKenzie's status is iffy for the team's preseason finale Saturday, he does have two-plus weeks to heal up for the opener against Pittsburgh. He currently slots in as the Bills' No. 5 receiver and top return man.

Aug 26, 2021 5:00 PM EST

Injured during Tuesday's practice

McKenzie suffered a shoulder injury during Tuesday's practice and will have an MRI to determine the severity, Sal Capaccio of WGR Sports Radio 550 Buffalo reports.

Analysis: McKenzie had been sitting pretty to secure the No. 5 receiver spot, so the injury could complicate things for the Bills. If it is something that sidelines the veteran, the team would also need to move down the list to find a return man as well, as McKenzie had been deemed the team's top guy to return kicks.

Aug 24, 2021 3:52 PM EST

Big game in one-sided win

McKenzie caught seven of eight targets for 72 yards while rushing once for four yards in Saturday's preseason win over the Bears.

Analysis: McKenzie also returned three punts fo 51 yards. He's got the top return job pretty much sealed up, but he's slowly proven himself in the passing game during his Bills tenure, and a big outing like Saturday could keep him involved offensively when the regular season begins. McKenzie can provide value in leagues that allow you to count offensive stats and return yardage for the same player. He's almost certain to open the season as Buffalo's No. 5 receiver, and he's continued to look like a guy that would be able to fill Cole Beasley's role in the slot should anything ever happen to the latter.

Aug 23, 2021 10:14 PM EST

In line for lead return role

Bills special teams coordinator Heath Farwell said Thursday that McKenzie is in the "No. 1 spot" to replace Andre Roberts, who went to the Texans in free agency, as the team's primary returner, Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News reports.

Analysis: Brandon Powell and rookie Marquez Stevenson are also in the mix, but McKenzie has the most experience and he filled in behind Roberts last season, even taking a punt return to the house in Week 17. Based on his position in the return game, McKenzie seems like a near lock to make the roster as the fifth receiver. While he won't pass any of the four wideouts above him on the depth chart, offensive coordinator Brian Daboll loves including McKenzie in the game plan as a jet sweeper. If your league uses returners, McKenzie's 30-282-5 line in the receiving game is worth noting.

Aug 6, 2021 9:18 AM EST

Speedster re-ups with Buffalo

McKenzie has re-signed with the Bills, Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News reports.

Analysis: McKenzie is strictly a role player, but he's become an excellent chess piece in Brian Daboll's high-powered offense. McKenzie surprisingly had five receiving touchdowns last season after having only one in his previous four years of NFL action. The Bills are plenty set in terms of starting wideouts between Stefon Diggs, Cole Beasley and Emmanuel Sanders, but McKenzie will fulfill a similar role in 2021. With return specialist Andre Roberts off to Houston, McKenzie could see more time in the return game.

Mar 23, 2021 9:10 AM EST

Headed for free agency

McKenze is scheduled for unrestricted free agency this offseason, Ashley Holder of WGRZ reports.

Analysis: McKenzie finished 2020 with career highs for catches (30), receiving yards (282) and touchdowns (five), despite working as Buffalo's fourth or fifth WR for most of the year. He's generally been an effective role player in his two and a half seasons with the team, catching 75 of 103 targets (72.8 percent) for 744 yards and six touchdowns, plus 28-124-2 on the ground. The Bills probably want to keep him around, but McKenzie might find a bigger role and/or more money if he explores the open market.

Jan 28, 2021 8:23 AM EST

No designation for Saturday

McKenzie (ankle) practiced fully Thursday and does not have an injury designation for Saturday's playoff game against the Colts.

Analysis: The Bills have some injury issues among their lethal wide receiver corps, as McKenzie looks to have shaken his issue while Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley are both questionable for Saturday. It would appear McKenzie and Diggs are highly likely to suit up, while Beasley seems like a true 50-50 proposition. If the latter falls on the bad side of that see-saw, McKenzie -- typically a jet sweep and gadget option -- could see a few extra looks in the high-powered offense in an attempt to keep a stout Colts defense on its toes.

Jan 7, 2021 11:58 AM EST

Remains limited Wednesday

McKenzie (ankle) remained limited in practice Wednesday.

Analysis: McKenzie was also limited in Tuesday's walkthrough, but there's little reason to doubt his availability for Saturday's wild-card round game against the Colts at this time. The speedster usually has a package of plays drawn up for him on touch passes and jet sweeps every week, and McKenzie can also contribute in the return game, as evidenced by his punt return touchdown in the season finale.

Jan 6, 2021 12:48 PM EST

Limited for walkthrough

McKenzie (ankle) was listed as limited for Tuesday's walkthrough practice.

Analysis: Perhaps McKenzie's ankle is simply sore after he ran up and down the field all afternoon against the Dolphins in the regular-season finale, scoring three touchdowns by the time the rout was over. We'll see if McKenzie can upgrade his status when the team has full practices Wednesday and Thursday, but we'd be pretty surprised if he isn't out there for Saturday's playoff opener against the Colts.

Jan 5, 2021 12:32 PM EST

Notches third touchdown of season

McKenzie secured both of his targets for 31 yards and a touchdown in the Bills' 34-24 win over the 49ers on Monday night.

Analysis: McKenzie had thrown a touchdown pass to Josh Allen on a trick play in Week 10 against the Cardinals, but Monday night, the third-year signal-caller returned the favor with a 23-yard scoring pass to the fourth-year speedster in the latter stages of the third quarter. McKenzie will continue to be used on a handful of gadget and conventional plays per game, particularly while John Brown (ankle) remains on injured reserve, but when his modest role will lead to a touchdown is naturally very difficult to pin down, making him much more of a deep-league option and salary-saving punt play in daily formats.

Dec 7, 2020 9:25 PM EST

Trickery results in TD

McKenzie caught his lone target for two yards, also throwing a 12-yard touchdown pass to Josh Allen during Sunday's 32-30 loss to Arizona.

Analysis: McKenzie took a reverse-right from Allen with 6:30 to go in the first quarter, throwing the ball back across formation to his quarterback for a catch-and-run that resulted in Buffalo's first points of the afternoon. The Georgia product has just one outing with more than 25 receiving yards on the season, but as evidenced Sunday, he serves a notable gadget role within the Bills' offense. McKenzie now has three scores in 2020, including TDs in back-to-back games, as Buffalo heads into its Week 11 bye.

Nov 17, 2020 4:53 PM EST

Makes one catch count

McKenzie reeled in his only target for a 25-yard score in Sunday's win over Seattle. He also rushed once for a yard.

Analysis: The speedster is far down the pecking order and doesn't even get to serve as a return man ever since the Bills added Andre Roberts to the fold last season. The Bills are also employing less jet sweeps this season, which was McKenzie's specialty in 2019 -- he's only rushed five times for five yards in 2020 and the team seems more comfortable letting Josh Allen or rookie Zack Moss try to take it in from up close lately. The Bills like keeping McKenzie around, however, even in a minimal mix-it-up role, and he does have two scores this season.

Nov 10, 2020 8:22 PM EST

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