You see what I did there? With the foot injury of Tyler Kroft things are looking up for rookie tight end Dawson Knox. If you consider Lee Smith as more of a prototypical blocking tight end who won’t run many routes, that leaves just Jason Croom as the only other primarily pass catching tight end on the Buffalo Bills roster. Generally rookie tight ends don’t make a large contribution in their first year but I don’t necessarily buy in to that. Given the opportunity, one could presumably flourish.
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Any critic can look at the stats of Dawson Knox throughout his college career and immediately judge that he had little production. Yes, it is the case that he had zero touchdowns in college and only 39 receptions throughout his time at Ole Miss, but when you look at the tape you can’t deny the athletic talent and upside Dawson Knox has. At 6’4 250 with a 4.5 40-yard dash, I understand why Brandon Beane traded up to snatch him. When Brandon Beane made his Super Bowl run with the Panthers, the backbone of his offense was Greg Olsen, who was 6’5 255, almost an identical match to Knox. To take a chance on a player like Knox after seeing what Olson did in 2015 under Beane, I understand the hype Beane saw when he turned on the film. With Tyler Kroft potentially missing the first few games of the season and Jason Croom not being the most reliable target, Dawson Knox has the ability to become Josh Allen’s security blanket just as Greg Olson was Cam Newton’s security blanket on the Super Bowl run. Seeing Dawson already running with the first team in OTAs and building a connection with Josh Allen is an encouraging and exciting sign for us Bills fans, as Dawson Knox can easily become a reliable target for Josh on short situation downs and red zone targets. I predict Dawson Knox will lead the Buffalo Bills in touchdowns this season and will be the backbone of the offense as the newfound offense tries to carve a huge role in the 2019-2020 season. Offensive coordinator Brian Daboll loves his tight end schemes, and Knox should not be overlooked.
Here’s to hoping Josh Allen can flourish with his new offensive line and find his targets down field. It’s not so much a stretch to believe that Dawson Knox could lock up starting tight end by end of training camp. What are your thoughts?