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Bills"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections NewsNotesOpinionAnalysisDiscussionPodcastNFL DraftSalary CapNFL DraftAnalysisNotesFilm analysis: Buffalo Bills tight end Dawson KnoxNew Jim Kelly Jerseys Stitched ,13commentsA look at tight end Dawson Knox2019 third-round draft pick of the Buffalo BillsEDTShareTweetShareShareFilm analysis: Buffalo Bills tight end Dawson KnoxThe Buffalo Bills continued to add to their offensive makeover by selecting Dawson Knox, tight end from Ole Miss, in the 2019 NFL Draft. If youre into numerology, Knox was selected with the 33rd pick in the 3rd round (and his number was 9 last season). If youre not into numerology, youd likely prefer to know that Knox saw limited playing at college. The bulk of his tight end work came over the last two seasons, appearing in 17 games. Knox had 39 catches for the Rebels, accumulating 605 yards, but zero touchdowns. A 15.5 yards-per-catch stat looks pretty good though. By all appearances, Knox is a project at the position with solid upside. Play 1Well start with an upside clip. Dawson Knox doesnt shy away from blocking. When hes able to square up and get low he can be pretty effective as well. A trip through his film will find plenty of good examples of blocking. Play 2Knox is also a bit of an unfinished product when it comes to blocking. At times he appeared unsure of his assignment, arriving late or with an odd approach angle. Sometimes he leans in too far and loses the leverage battle. Or like we see here, he struggles on occasion tracking/predicting his opponents movement and maintaining the block. This isnt to come down on Knox, but to point out areas he will likely seek to work on. Play 3Dawson Knox was asked to line up all over from out wide to in the backfield. Despite that Youth O. J. Simpson Jerseys , his route tree focused on the middle of the field. Though he wasnt asked to run a complex set of routes he did show some flashes of polish. The slight bend in this route throws off the defensive backfield. The only person who looks like he might have a shot at breaking up the pass is the official. A poorly thrown ball leads to Knox needing to make a major adjustment. Play 4Heres a comparable route but with a better-thrown ball and an improved defensive response. Despite the early contact, Knox maintains his focus and catches the ball away from his body and keeps running. A good angle to the sideline gets some yards after the catch and avoids a punishing hit. Play 5Not every play goes as planned and its always interesting to see what happens when something is awry. Knox tips the pass to himself and shows off good concentration to make the catch. From there he proves he can move a small pile as he fights for the first and more. Play 6This is one of the best examples of a more complex route from Dawson Knox. The pauses highlight the quick turns Knox makes. For what essentially amounts to a two-year tight end, the potential looks pretty bright. Some changes in speed show up too on this play. Its not perfect, but its definitely encouraging. SummaryThe Buffalo Bills have been happy to keep a project tight end or two on the roster under Sean McDermott. Dawson Knox is likely the latest in that line. His route running and receiving abilities seem ready to compete right away with the Bills. Blocking appeared a little inconsistent and for Knox this is the bigger area to keep an eye on. While more practice and coaching are bound to improve his game, hes also about to see a jump in the level of competition hes facing. A high-risk player could bring the Bills a great reward in 2019"The Buffalo Bills need to upgrade their offense. After the team released veteran tight end Charles Clay, the Bills created another area in need of filling. Thats not to say the Bills erred in releasing Claythe move was both necessary and expected, as he had a career-worst season in 2018 and was set to count $9 million against the salary cap in 2019. Even if Clay were to have remained on the roster, the Bills would have been in the market for an upgrade.Scouring the free-agent market can be a scary thing, as most players allowed to test the waters have some sort of warts that would make their current teams hesitant to re-sign them. With Tyler Eifert, the former first-round draft choice of the Cincinnati Bengals in 2013, those warts are quite well known.While Eifert may represent a high-risk option at the tight-end position, the upside of such a move is tremendous. In a field of free-agent tight ends sure to draw attention from Buffalo O. J. Simpson Jerseys Stitched , Eifert is definitely worth a look. Here are some of the pros and cons of pursuing the oft-injured tight end.Red-Zone ThreatEifert is a match-up nightmare in the red zone. At 66 and 255 lbs, he has the size and strength to box out linebackers and defensive backs alike. In 2015, which was his best professional season, he caught 13 touchdown passes. Providing a huge target like Eifert for quarterback Josh Allen to utilize in the red zone would be a fantastic add for the young quarterback.Extensive Injury HistoryEiferts warts are well-known, as the Notre Dame grad has spent most of his NFL career injured. He played in 15 games during his rookie season before missing the Bengals season finale due to a stinger. In 2014, he managed to play in only one game before dislocating his elbow, an injury that landed him on injured reserve. In 2015, he missed three games due to another stinger. He made the Pro Bowl that year, but he suffered a serious ankle injury during the Pro Bowl, which caused him to miss the first seven games of the 2016 season. He was placed on injured reserve prior to the season finale due to a back injury that required surgery. After playing in two games in 2017, he was once again placed on injured reserve and once again had back surgery. He also had knee surgery to remove a cyst. In 2018, Eifert broke his ankle during Cincinnatis Week 4 game Youth Thurman Thomas Jerseys , and he was once again placed on injured reserve. Eifert has characterized his injury history as full of fluke things, but the fact remains that he has only played in 43 of a possible 96 games in six NFL seasons.What Will He Cost?Projecting a contract for a player like Eifert is nearly impossible. He will almost certainly sign a one-year deal loaded with incentives, as his inability to stay healthy will make any team leery of giving him a multi-year deal or much in the way of guaranteed money. In his three seasons of at least eight games, Eifert has averaged a slash line of 40/485/7. Spotrac projects Eiferts market value at $6.4 million over one year. If that monetary value is full of performance incentives with a low base salary, then allowing him to sign his prove-it deal with Buffalo could offer a high-upside signing with little risk for the team. Eifert is an immensely talented player who just hasnt been able to stay healthy. Signing him to a one-year deal and drafting a young tight end to pair with Jason Croom could help the team to give Josh Allen multiple athletic red-zone weapons. Guaranteeing money to Eifert is going to be risky regardless of the amount, but if the player is willing to bet on himself, Buffalo could be a great destination for him. If he were to stay healthy, then Eifert would be a great addition to Buffalos offense.

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