Bills Mafia has been wondering what lies ahead for Isaiah McKenzie for a while now.
The wide receiver has turned into somewhat of a fan favorite and is expected to have a much bigger role in 2022. And that’s not just fans’ optimism at work. McKenzie has had a very strong offseason so far.
He’s made plays every day as his stock continues to drastically rise heading into the season. Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott even confirmed suspicion about a full-time role for the 27-year-old.
The biggest adjustment for Isaiah McKenzie is “potentially stepping into a full-time role” and teams game-planning for him. — Sean McDermott.— Sal Capaccio 🏈 (@SalSports) August 1, 2022
Despite McKenzie’s flashes, he’s coming off a season in which he played in under 25% of the team’s offensive snaps. Last year, he was targeted over three times only once. The exception was his marvelous performance against the New England Patriots when he caught 11 passes in 12 targets and went off for 126 yards and one touchdown.
Perhaps it was that day when the then shorthanded Bills realized what McKenzie was capable of with a bigger role.
With Cole Beasley out of Buffalo, McKenzie is aiming for a starting gig as the team’s slot receiver. Ultimately, the Bills have a lot of talent at wideout. Jamison Crowder returned to practice on Monday while rookie Khalil Shakir is off to a solid start.
Although the mainstream discussion revolves around the battle for WR3, the truth is the Bills need four quality players at the position. In 2021, they lined up in 11 personnel at the sixth highest rate in the NFL and in 10 personnel at the third highest rate.
McKenzie’s strong start to training camp has been one of the most promising offseason developments for the Super-Bowl-favorites Buffalo Bills.
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