The Bills selected rookie tight end Dawson Knox in the third round of the NFL Draft from Ole Miss, and he could compete for a starting job right away. Tyler Kroft suffered a broken foot in May, and his availability for Week 1 could be in doubt. Knox could start ahead of Jason Croom or Lee Smith, and he has plenty of potential to emerge as a playmaker for Buffalo. That said, Kroft has not been ruled out for the season, so when he returns, he will cut into Knox's playing time. Knox, even as a starter, is not worth drafting in most re-draft leagues. In rookie-only drafts, we like Knox with a late-round pick.
Knox is in contention for the starting TE spot to begin Week 1, Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News reports. After Tyler Kroft re-broke his right foot during May OTAs, Knox became the leading candidate to begin the season as the Bills' starting tight end, while unheralded prospects such as Jason Croom and Tommy Sweeney, as well as veteran Lee Smith, are also in contention for the role. While Carucci noted Knox has looked impressive at times during spring practices, the 2019 third-round pick would need to improve at a significant rate in order to hold off Kroft for the entire season, even if the latter does eventually get placed on the PUP list to begin the 2019 campaign.
Knox, a third-round rookie, signed his rookie contract with the Bills on Friday, The Buffalo News reports. It's rare that a guy who never caught a college touchdown pass would draw up any fantasy interest, but Knox has a legit chance to be the Week 1 starter. Favorite Tyler Kroft will be out for a stretch with a broken foot, while Lee Smith is more of a blocker and Jason Croom continues to be bogged down by a hamstring injury. Knox has taken advantage of the extra reps during spring work and has shown true hands. Meanwhile, the Bills have now signed all eight of their 2019 draft picks.
Knox, a third-round rookie from Ole Miss, has shown good speed and athleticism throughout OTAs, John Murphy of the Bills' official site reports. With Tyler Kroft out with a significant foot injury, Knox may be the best fantasy TE threat the Bills have to offer to start the season, though that might not be saying much given that the team is more geared toward running the football and has four capable receivers plus LeSean McCoy to feed in the passing game. If Kroft isn't ready for Week 1, it looks like it'll be between Knox and Jason Croom for the pass-catching TE role, with veteran Lee Smith more geared toward blocking assignments. However, given Knox's hands, athleticism and knack for overachieving, the rookie might be worth keeping an eye on for the long term.
Knox's teammate Tyler Kroft broke his foot during Monday's OTA session and will be sidelined for 3-to-4 months following surgery. In addition to drafting Knox in the third round, the Bills signed Kroft and Lee Smith over the offseason to beef up what had been a lackluster tight end crew. Smith is more of a blocker, however, and Kroft now has a significant injury, meaning the rookie's about to get an opportunity right away. Kroft -- expected to be the clear-cut starter -- could still be ready for the regular season, but for now Knox and Jason Croom are the best healthy receiving options of this position group.
The Bills selected Knox in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 96th overall. Knox was a walk-on at Mississippi and has a limited track record, but Buffalo is clearly willing to bet on the upside here. He has just 39 receptions for 605 yards to his name with zero touchdowns, but Knox (6-foot-4 3/8, 254) can move, as evidenced by his 4.58-second 40-yard dash at Mississippi's pro day. Tyler Kroft still profiles as the starter for the Bills, but Knox can earn some snaps if his pass-catching and route-running ability translate to their offense.
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|1||09/08||@New York Jets||6||4.88|
|2||09/15||@New York Giants||19||7.38|
|4||09/29||New England Patriots||18||7.37|
|16||12/22||@New England Patriots||18||7.37|
|17||12/29||New York Jets||6||4.88|