Isaiah McKenzie

Isaiah McKenzie

Wide Receiver #84
Team: Buffalo Bills
Ht / Wt:5'7" / 173 lb.
Born:April 9, 1995
Drafted:2017 / Rd. 5 (172)
Draft Team:DEN

Isaiah McKenzie: 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.

October 30, 2020 12:27 PM EST

Isaiah McKenzie: 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.

October 28, 2020 1:51 PM EST

Isaiah McKenzie: 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.

October 13, 2020 8:15 PM EST

Isaiah McKenzie: 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.

September 18, 2020 11:07 AM EST

Isaiah McKenzie: 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.

September 17, 2020 12:04 PM EST

Isaiah McKenzie: 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.

September 14, 2020 4:35 PM EST

Isaiah McKenzie: 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.

September 7, 2020 11:05 PM EST

Isaiah McKenzie: 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.

March 24, 2020 8:56 AM EST

Isaiah McKenzie: 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.

March 16, 2020 4:24 PM EST

Isaiah McKenzie: 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.

January 12, 2020 10:45 AM EST

Isaiah McKenzie: 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.

December 29, 2019 9:05 AM EST

Isaiah McKenzie: 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.

December 16, 2019 4:30 PM EST

Isaiah McKenzie: Catches three passes

McKenzie caught all three of his targets for 34 yards during Thursday's win over the Cowboys.

Analysis: The three catches tied a season high, while the 34 yards represents his highest total since Week 5. The 24-year-old actually saw a diminished share of snaps Thursday, as he and Robert Foster essentially rotated duties as the No. 3 wideout, per Sal Capaccio of WGR Sports Radio 550 Buffalo. McKenzie's fantasy prospects were already minimal and splitting time with Foster only moves him further from fantasy relevance.

December 2, 2019 4:03 PM EST

Isaiah McKenzie: Biggest play count to date

McKenzie caught three of six targets for 21 yards during Sunday's win over Miami.

Analysis: The crafty speedster was on the field for a season-high 78 percent of the offensive snaps, and for all intents and purposes he's moved into a position as the No. 3 receiver right now. That said, the offense runs through John Brown, Devin Singletary and Dawson Knox, so there's not much room for McKenzie to do much more than change-of-pace touches. But if you're digging deep, he's pushed himself ahead of Duke Williams, Robert Foster and Andre Roberts in the pecking order.

November 20, 2019 10:16 PM EST

Isaiah McKenzie: All clear Sunday

McKenzie (ankle) is officially active and will play in Sunday's contest against the Patriots.

Analysis: McKenzie logged a full practice session Friday, and this news confirms he's shaken off his ankle injury. The 2017 fifth-round pick will continue to provide a gadget option in the offense, giving the Patriots defense something extra to monitor with him on the field.

September 29, 2019 8:55 AM EST

Isaiah McKenzie: Back to full practice

McKenzie (ankle) practiced fully Friday after missing Thursday's season and is questionable for Sunday's game against the Patriots, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: Given the full practice in the most recent session, we'd lean toward McKenzie being able to play this week. He's a bit player in the Buffalo offense, but he gives the team a gadget option whenever he's out on the field and, assuming he plays, will at least give the Patriots something extra to think about.

September 27, 2019 1:45 PM EST

Isaiah McKenzie: Ankle injury surfaces

McKenzie did not practice Thursday due to an ankle injury, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: McKenzie wasn't listed on the injury report Wednesday, so it appears that his injury is new. Fellow wideouts Zay Jones (shoulder) and Robert Foster (groin) were limited in practice Thursday. It's possible that Buffalo could be forced to enter Sunday's divisional tilt against the Patriots with a depleted receiver corps.

September 26, 2019 1:17 PM EST

Isaiah McKenzie: Catches lone target

McKenzie caught his only target, a nine-yard gain during Sunday's 21-17 win over the Bengals.

Analysis: It was a drab follow-up to Week 2's game with a touchdown reception for McKenzie. There was a point last season in which McKenzie was WR2 in Buffalo. The diminutive speedster is now pushed down-roster on a Buffalo team that leans on the run and a sophomore quarterback who is still a bit inconsistent. McKenzie is unlikely to get more than a few targets per game, but -- in fairness -- he can turn any one of them into a big play.

September 24, 2019 8:18 PM EST

Isaiah McKenzie: Productive Week 2

McKenzie caught both of his targets for 40 yards and a score in the Week 2 win over the Giants. He also had one carry for four yards.

Analysis: McKenzie was on the field for just 17 offensive plays Sunday, but he certainly made them count, frustrating the Giants defense much of the afternoon with the Bills constantly using him as a jet-sweeper or fake jet-sweeper. While that should stay a part of the offense until teams start to figure it out, the speedy McKenzie probably won't see enough volume -- especially once Andre Roberts returns -- to be a meaningful fantasy guy outside of someone that takes away production from the Bills' regulars on offense.

September 17, 2019 9:48 AM EST

Isaiah McKenzie: Needed in Week 1?

Andre Roberts (quad) has been ruled out for Sunday's opener against the Jets, making McKenzie an option in the return game. "We've got some options there," coach Sean McDermott told the Bills' official site. "Whether it's (Robert) Foster, Devin Singletary, (Isaiah) McKenzie, (Micah) Hyde. We've got some guys who have some experience there."

Analysis: Roberts was set to serve as the main returner on both kickoffs and punts, so if the Bills decide Hyde is too crucial to the defense, McKenzie could be utilized on kicks. The latter also could see a few looks in the passing game, since Roberts' absence there bumps McKenzie up a notch.

September 7, 2019 10:10 AM EST

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