Isaiah McKenzie

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

Isaiah McKenzie News

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

Ready for Week 8

McKenzie (ankle) does not carry an injury tag for Sunday's game against the Patriots.

Analysis: McKenzie began the week with two limited practices, but he upgraded to a full session Friday. He'll resume handling his usual depth role in Buffalo's receiving corps, while also taking the occasional snap out of the backfield.

Oct 30, 2020 12:27 PM EST

Nursing ankle injury

McKenzie (ankle) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: McKenzie appears to have picked up an ankle injury during Sunday's win over the Jets, in which he caught both his targets for 14 yards and lost 11 yards on his only carry. There's not yet any reason to be overly concerned about the depth wideout's Week 8 status.

Oct 28, 2020 1:51 PM EST

Scores in Tuesday night action

McKenzie secured all four of his targets in Tuesday night's loss to the Titans, albeit for just seven yards. One of the catches did go for a three-yard-touchdown.

Analysis: The pass probably traveled about three inches, as McKenzie scored on one of his patented jet sweeps. He's a clear sixth or seventh in the passing game, though he did see a few extra looks Tuesday with John Brown out with a knee injury. McKenzie remains a non-fantasy option even with the occasional score, though we imagine he helped a few Brown owners in need of an emergency pickup Tuesday night due to the latter's late scratch.

Oct 13, 2020 8:15 PM EST

Full speed ahead

McKenzie (hamstring) will be ready for Sunday's game versus the Dolphins, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: McKenzie upgraded to full participation in Friday's practice, so he's ready to rock in Week 2. The 25-year-old wideout reeled in all three targets for 17 yards in Week 1, but he played just 16 offensive snaps, so his upside is capped at this time.

Sep 18, 2020 11:07 AM EST

Minor hamstring issue

McKenzie (hamstring) practiced on a limited basis Thursday, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: McKenzie practiced fully Wednesday, so this seems like something he either tweaked during that session or is something minor enough that he just needs to take it more easy than usual ahead of Sunday's divisional tilt against Miami. The utility player doesn't appear in jeopardy of suiting up this week.

Sep 17, 2020 12:04 PM EST

Low output in Week 1

McKenzie caught all three of his targets for 17 yards during Sunday's win over the Jets.

Analysis: McKenzie is more of a gadget player with a vast toolbox vs. anything that can be used for fantasy value, and in this one he was only on the field for 18 percent of the offensive snaps, compared to 63 percent for No. 3 receiver Cole Beasley and 49 percent for rookie Gabriel Davis. The one bit of good news is that McKenzie was seen out there in some red-zone packages, and at some point the jet-sweeper should see some opportunities there as teams start to focus on the effective legs of quarterback Josh Allen.

Sep 14, 2020 4:35 PM EST

Makes roster again

McKenzie survived the Bills' roster cutdown Saturday and looks to begin the season as the team's No. 5 wide receiver.

Analysis: McKenzie eked out Duke Williams and a few others, his biggest assets being he's a good special teams player and that he can run jet sweeps -- a play the Buffalo offense sometimes uses multiple times in the same game -- as good as just about anyone in the league. That said, his upside is about 30 catches for a team with a pretty talented receiving corps led by Stefon Diggs, John Brown and Cole Beasley.

Sep 7, 2020 11:05 PM EST

Stays with Buffalo

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

Analysis: McKenzie served as Buffalo's No. 3 wide receiver for parts of last season, but he'll be no higher than No. 4 after the team traded for Stefon Diggs. With John Brown and Cole Beasley locking down the other top-three spots, McKenzie will be left to compete against Duke Williams, Robert Foster and Andre Roberts for depth jobs.

Mar 24, 2020 8:56 AM EST

Set for free agency

The Bills won't tender McKenzie, making him an unrestricted free agent, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: McKenzie suited up in a variety of roles for the Bills this campaign, playing 482 total snaps, as he accumulated 254 yards receiving and 49 yards rushing in 2019. Considering the team could've slapped just a fifth-round tender on the receiver and failed to do so, it's likely that McKenzie will be looking for a new team this offseason. Regardless of which team elects to sign the Georgia product, he'll likely assume a depth receiving role in 2020.

Mar 16, 2020 4:24 PM EST

Future uncertain

McKenzie is the Bills' only restricted free agent this offseason.

Analysis: McKenzie played in 15 games in 2019 and served a variety of roles, finishing with 27 receptions for 254 yards and one touchdown while rushing eight times for 49 yards as an effective jet sweeper. The speedster also served on special teams. As a restricted free agent, the Bills can slap a tender offer on McKenzie -- one that won't be very expensive -- but are also facing an offseason dilemma of trying to beef up the receiving staff in an attempt to continue Josh Allen's progress. We'll see if McKenzie stays in the teams plans as a fourth or fifth wideout.

Jan 12, 2020 10:45 AM EST

Opportunity knocks

With John Brown and Cole Beasley inactive, McKenzie is in line for added action Sunday against the Jets.

Analysis: With the Bills' playoff seeding set, the team rested several key players Sunday, which sets the stage for Buffalo's Week 17 wideout duties to be handled by McKenzie, Robert Foster and Duke Williams.

Dec 29, 2019 9:05 AM EST

Goes without a target

McKenzie did not receive a target in Sunday's 17-10 win over the Steelers.

Analysis: McKenzie was uninvolved on a night where Josh Allen only threw 25 times, with ten of his targets going to John Brown. The third-year receiver has only 23 catches for 236 yards this season.

Dec 16, 2019 4:30 PM EST

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