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.
McKenzie caught all three of his targets for 34 yards during Thursday's win over the Cowboys.
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.
McKenzie caught three of six targets for 21 yards during Sunday's win over Miami.
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 settled in 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 contribute the occasional change-of-pace touch. McKenzie at least seems to have pushed himself ahead of Duke Williams, Robert Foster and Andre Roberts in the pecking order at receiver.
McKenzie suited up for the second straight week Sunday against the Browns, bringing in two of four targets for 19 yards while seeing action on 54 percent of the team's offensive plays.
McKenzie and Robert Foster were made active for the second straight week while Duke Williams was a healthy inactive, a situation that could remain fluid for the rest of the season. McKenzie is the team's best jet-sweep option, something the Bills have incorporated into their offense for much more than an occasional change-up play. The problem is, McKenzie is often the decoy on these plays and has no more than four touches in a game all season. He was also used more as a return man last season, but this year, the Bills have one of the league's best in free-agent signee Andre Roberts. McKenzie may keep suiting up if only for his versatility, but at the moment, his main fantasy impact stems from him stealing the occasional touch from other players and keeping a more traditional receiver in Williams off the field.
McKenzie is back on the active roster Week 9 against Washington.
It's essentially been a rotation between McKenzie, Robert Foster and Duke Williams on the active roster over the last few weeks. McKenzie and Foster will get the call in Week 9, with Williams representing a healthy scratch. McKenzie saw a season-high 21 snaps back in Week 7 when he was last active, which he turned into two receptions for 11 yards.
McKenzie is inactive for Sunday's game against the Eagles.
While McKenzie will sit this one out, felllow wideout Robert Foster will draw back into Buffalo's lineup Sunday after being a healthy inactive last week.
McKenzie caught two of three targets for 11 total yards during Sunday's 31-21 win over Miami.
The three targets and 21 offensive snaps represented season highs for McKenzie in Buffalo's first game since Zay Jones was traded to Oakland. If this is the extent of McKenzie's expanded role with Jones out of town, the future doesn't look promising. Depending on Duke Williams' (shoulder) status for Sunday, McKenzie may have an even larger role against the Eagles' 27th-ranked pass defense, but if he couldn't do much against the winless Dolphins, a big day against Philadelphia seems unlikely.
McKenzie (ankle) is officially active and will play in Sunday's contest against the Patriots.
McKenzie logged a full practice session Friday, and this news confirms he's mostly 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.
McKenzie (ankle) practiced fully Friday after missing Thursday's session and is questionable for Sunday's game against the Patriots, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
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. Assuming he plays, he'll at least give the Patriots something extra to think about.
McKenzie did not practice Thursday due to an ankle injury, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
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 also 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.
McKenzie caught his only target, a nine-yard gain, during Sunday's 21-17 win over the Bengals.
It was a drab follow-up to Week 2, when McKenzie had a touchdown reception. There was a point last season in which McKenzie was WR2 in Buffalo. The diminutive speedster is now pushed down the depth chart on a run-first club with 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.
McKenzie caught both of his targets for 40 yards and a touchdown in the Week 2 win over the Giants. He also had one carry for four yards.
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.
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 Friday. "Whether it's (Robert) Foster, Devin Singletary, (Isaiah) McKenzie, (Micah) Hyde. We've got some guys who have some experience there."
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 heavily on kicks. The latter also could see a few looks in the passing game, since Roberts' absence there bumps McKenzie up a notch as well.
McKenzie has survived roster cutdowns and is on the Bills' 53-man roster.
McKenzie won a heated battle with Duke Williams and Ray-Ray McCloud, with each player having a strong preseason. In the end, the Bills chose McKenzie's versatility and ability to be a gadget-play threat over Williams' impressive size/athleticism and McCloud's upside.
McKenzie was not targeted in the passing game but scored on a. six-yard jet sweep in Friday's preseason win over the Lions.
Assuming the Bills stick with a top five of Zay Jones, John Brown, Cole Beasley, Andre Roberts and Robert Foster, that leaves perhaps one spot left. There are still a slew of decent wide receivers left before cuts, but if the Bills keep that sixth spot, it appears to be between McKenzie, Duke Williams and Ray-Ray McCloud. Williams has scored in each of the last two games and has excellent size and athletic ability, while McKenzie is a nice jack-of-all trades wideout and is probably the best guy on the roster for the jet-sweep play the Bills love to use.
McKenzie scored on a six-yard run during Friday's 24-20 preseason win over Detroit.
McKenzie capped off Buffalo's first touchdown drive early in the second quarter with a six-yard end around in which he stutter-stepped the Lions' defense. It was a reminder of McKenzie's potential with the ball in his hands and how fall he has fallen since -- at one point -- being Buffalo's second or third receiver in 2018. McKenzie has always been capable of making people miss in the open field, but consistency and ball security have been issues dating back to his time in Denver. He has plenty of firepower, but special teams might be a determining factor in whether he makes the team.
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