McKenzie finished his second NFL season with 18 catches (30 targets) for 179 yards and no receiving touchdowns in eight games, seven for Buffalo following a waiver claim from Denver, where he played one game.
McKenzie's role for the Bills wasn't limited to wideout, as he was used frequently on jet sweeps, rushing 10 times for 66 yards and two scores. He also returned 14 punts for 87 yards (6.2 average) and 12 kickoff returns for 237 yards (19.8 average) in his seven games for Buffalo. The Bills are likely to rebuild their receiving corps this offseason with all kinds of cap money to spend, but after it's all said and done McKenzie has a chance to stick with the team as a fourth or fifth wideout. His versatility seems coveted by offensive coordinator Brian Daboll.
McKenzie caught one of eight targets for an eight-yard gain during Sunday's 24-12 loss to New England.
McKenzie had caught at least four passes in three straight games coming into Sunday. He and Josh Allen just couldn't get on the same page Sunday. McKenzie fell out of favor last season in Denver with mental errors and fumbles and he has fumbled twice, losing one, in six games with the Bills. Still, he's prominent part of a youth movement at receiver in Buffalo and figures to get a fair amount of action in the season finale against the Dolphins, a team against which he caught four passes for 46 yards in Week 13.
McKenzie has been cleared to return to Sunday's game against the Patriots.
McKenzie left the game for a spell to be evaluated for a head injury, but he's been cleared and will now look to make his mark in the Buffalo offense in the second half of Sunday's contest.
McKenzie, who was limited Wednesday with an ankle injury, was back to a full practice Thursday.
It actually looked like McKenzie's season was over when he was carted off the field Sunday agains the Lions, but it turned out to be a more minor injury combined with some cramping, so he'll almost certainly be back at it for Week 16's contest in New England. McKenzie has been used in a hybrid role you see a number of offenses utilizing these days, as a third receiver, occasional jet-sweep guy, and return man.
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