The Buffalo Bills announced a pair of roster moves late on Saturday afternoon. Tight end Dawson Knox is set to make his return to the gridiron, having spent the last six weeks on Injured Reserve (IR) following surgery to repair a wrist injury suffered back in Week 5. Knox was originally placed on IR ahead of the Bills’ Week 8 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, meaning he was eligible to return in Week 12. Instead, it’s likely the team gave Knox extra time to heal with the bye week in-between Weeks 12 and 14.
It remains to be seen how Knox will be utilized by interim offensive coordinator Joe Brady, or if Brady will choose to run plays out of 12-personnel groupings. Before Knox went to IR, he was the veteran half of a TE tandem including rookie Dalton Kincaid. Under former offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey, Buffalo’s offense was among the league leaders to feature 12-personnel looks. Since Knox’s stint on IR, Kincaid has blossomed as a TE1, with the offense primarily operating out of a diverse set of 11-personnel groupings.
As the sole featured tight end, Kincaid has produced in spades. Over the last five games, he’s caught 31-of-37 passes for 281 yards and two touchdowns. (Stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference.) Even more encouraging is that we’ve yet to see Kincaid heavily featured through the entirety of game — so his potential remains massive.
With Kincaid playing so well already, many have wondered if Knox could be a roster casualty at some point in the near future. In seven games this season, Knox has caught 15-of-28 passes for 102 yards and one touchdown. (Stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference.)
What Knox brings to the team as a traditional tight end with plus athleticism doesn’t appear to be in the long-term plans for Kincaid, at least to this point. All eyes will be on Joe Brady to see how he divvies up the snap share for “DK squared.”
To make room for Dawson Knox on the 53-man active roster, One Bills Drive released veteran linebacker A.J. Klein. Appearing in two games — against the Buccaneers and Denver Broncos — Klein didn’t record an official stat. What’s next for the 31-year-old linebacker is anyone’s guess at this point in time. Though, given his history with McDermott and having already found his way back to the Bills twice following his initial stint, don’t rule out another reunion between A.J. Klein and the Buffalo Bills in the future.