Isaiah McKenzie will compete to be the No. 4 receiver in Buffalo this season, but he has minimal Fantasy value in that role. He should not be drafted in any leagues. The Bills' top three guys on the roster are set with Stefon Diggs, John Brown and Cole Beasley. McKenzie will compete for the No. 4 role with Duke Williams, Robert Foster and rookies Gabriel Davis and Isaiah Hodgins, but even if McKenzie wins that job he won't produce enough stats on a consistent basis to matter in most formats.
McKenzie re-signed with the Bills on Tuesday, Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News reports. 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 spots as well, McKenzie will be left to compete against Duke Williams, Robert Foster and Andre Roberts for depth jobs.
The Bills won't tender McKenzie, making him an unrestricted free agent, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. McKenzie suited up in a variety of roles for the Bills in the last campaign, playing 482 total snaps, as he accumulated 254 yards receiving and 49 yards rushing. 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 home this offseason. Regardless of which team elects to sign the Georgia product, he'll likely assume a depth receiving role, at best, in 2020.
McKenzie is the Bills' only restricted free agent this offseason. 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 team's plans as a fourth or fifth wideout.
With John Brown and Cole Beasley inactive, McKenzie is in line for added action Sunday against the Jets. 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.
McKenzie did not receive a target in Sunday's 17-10 win over the Steelers. McKenzie was uninvolved on a night where Josh Allen only threw 25 times, with 10 of his targets going to John Brown. McKenzie, a third-year receiver, has only 23 catches for 236 yards this season.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/13||New York Jets||25||23.50|
|3||09/27||Los Angeles Rams||14||19.63|
|4||10/04||@Las Vegas Raiders||22||22.63|
|6||10/16||Kansas City Chiefs||4||16.68|
|7||10/25||@New York Jets||25||23.50|
|8||11/01||New England Patriots||1||12.76|
|12||11/29||Los Angeles Chargers||3||16.13|
|13||12/08||@San Francisco 49ers||11||18.68|
|16||12/29||@New England Patriots||1||12.76|
|3 Year Avg||27||16||154||0||8||9.62||23|