WR Andy Isabella and LB A.J. Klein were elevated from the practice squad for tomorrow’s game vs Pittsburgh— Buffalo Bills PR (@BuffaloBillsPR) January 14, 2024
Reading the tea leaves here, these moves may tell us a few things about the team’s active roster ahead of declarations:
- Running back Ty Johnson appears to have cleared concussion protocol
- Linebacker Tyrel Dodson is likely out, given Klein’s elevation
- This could also mean good news as it relates to cornerback Rasul Douglas being available
Isabella being activated is to counter the loss of wide receiver Gabe Davis. They’re decidedly not the same player, with Isabella being more of a route tactician, but they play similar roles in the Bills’ offense. Isabella profiles more as a Cole Beasley type, with speed to burn. He also provides special teams ability.
With the addition of Isabella, we may see wide receiver Khalil Shakir and Trent Sherfield line up outside more often today. That may also be true of rookie tight end Dalton Kincaid. The idea here? Think: matchup advantages.
Failing to elevate running back Leonard Fournette plays into the potential for Johnson to be available today. With Klein active, he’s probably serving as depth at linebacker, behind linebacker Baylon Spector — who would fill in for a sidelined Dodson.
We’ll know soon enough once the team posts their list of inactive players 90 minutes before kickoff.