Payments WR Isaiah McKenzie benefiting from extra slot alternatives

Whereas a lot of the offseason highlight in Buffalo has been on the anticipated 12 months 3 leap from Gabriel Davis and the star high quality of Stefon Diggs, Isaiah McKenzie has generated buzz early in coaching camp.

The 27-year-old has bounced across the NFL since turning into a fifth-round decide by the Denver Broncos in 2017. He is largely been a particular teamer and reserve receiver since becoming a member of Buffalo halfway by means of the 2018 season.

In Week 16 final yr towards New England — the lone sport Davis missed — McKenzie exploded for 11 catches, 125 yards and a landing. The remainder of the season, he netted simply 53 yards on 9 catches.

With Cole Beasley exiting Buffalo this offseason and veteran Jamison Crowder lacking most of coaching camp, the No. 3 receiver position is up for grabs, and McKenzie has taken benefit.

“I really feel like now all people’s seeing it and I am simply getting extra alternatives after these performs,” McKenzie stated, by way of the staff’s official web site. “And I really feel like I received to maintain doing that and be constant. However on the identical time, you already know, it is extra noticeable now that I am within the slot place.”

The battle for these slot snaps will warmth up throughout camp with Crowder returning to apply this week.

“I’ve received to go on the market and play my greatest soccer and put my greatest foot ahead,” McKenzie stated. “I nonetheless received to proceed to stack days and that is what I really feel like I am doing. I simply received to maintain being constant and simply come out right here every single day and make performs.”

McKenzie brings velocity to the Payments’ offense that may open up the operation for Josh Allen. Coach Sean McDermott stated this week that a very powerful factor for the receiver is adjusting to a extra distinguished position.

“The most important adjustment goes to be the potential of stepping right into a full-time position now the place groups sport plan for you, you might have extra movie on the market so it is an adjustment,” McDermott stated.

Thus far, McKenzie has taken benefit of his probabilities in camp. The query is whether or not he can construct on the great begin and fend off Crowder as we close to the season opener in L.A.