Bills News: Buffalo Eyes Breakout Year from Tight End Dawson Knox

Adam Taylor McKillop
The Buffalo Bills are eying a breakout season in 2021 from tight end Dawson Knox.
The Buffalo Bills are eying a breakout season in 2021 from tight end Dawson Knox. / Christian Petersen/Getty Images

After a highly-successful run to the AFC Championship game in 2020, the Buffalo Bills are looking to take that pivotal next step in 2021. That means this team has their eyes set on both a Super Bowl appearance and possible championship.

While the Bills expectations are certainly matched by the sports betting world, there is one position group on this roster that will need to be better next season - the tight ends. While Buffalo has been linked to Zach Ertz in trade rumors, the team also plans for a breakout season from someone already on the roster. That's third-year tight end Dawson Knox.

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Knox turned some heads during the Bills offseason, especially between his work with quarterback Josh Allen and his attendance at the first-ever Tight End University.

"It was great being with Josh ... It was good hanging out off the field, but on the field was great, too. We just did a bunch of routes and it was during our first phase of Zoom meetings. So if there was a new play or route concept Dabes [offensive coordinator Brian Daboll] was installing, we were able to take it straight to the field. [Allen] kind of would work through some of the points where he would tell me what he was looking for. When to give him eyes on certain routes and real little details that we were able to hammer down on some of the new stuff, which was nice."

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Buffalo ranked third in the entire league with 288.8 yards through the air last season. But Knox saw 33 other tight ends rank above him in average receiving yards per game (24.0). He ended the year with 24 receptions for 288 total yards and 3 touchdowns. Not only did Knox work on his on-field production this offseason, the 24-year-old tight end also took a unique step by working with a vision specialist.

Bills general manager Brandon Beane has doubled down on the fact that the Bills would like to see their internal candidates take this step forward in 2021. "We've got some guys here we want to continue to develop and see what happens," said Beane.

Right now, the Bills own the third-best odds (+1200) to win the 2021 Super Bowl, according to the latest NFL odds on FanDuel Sportsbook.

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