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Thoughts on Knox returning?


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Knox is used more often than not as an additional blocker on the line helping out Spencer Brown. He's a better blocker than Kincaid or Morris so it's an improvement getting him back.

 

Diggs plus 2 of (Davis, Kincaid, Shakir) plus Knox and Cook is as good as we get.

 

Let's out point the Chiefs and be up 3 scores at the 2:00 warning to protect us from the typical late game defensive collapse.

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12 hours ago, strive_for_five_guy said:

Longer-term is a trickier question.  Short term, he’s a least an upgrade in 12 personnel groupings over Quentin Morris, or is a different look in 11 personnel over Kincaid.  While not a great pass catcher, Know has been a solid weapon for Josh over the past few years.  Plus, my gut is that Brady will be able to better utilize Knox on game days than Dorsey, although we’ll see.  I’d say let’s see how the next few games play out, then revisit the question.

 

Knox isn't the second coming of Travis Kelce, but he's a good TE that can block and who has made some big catches for the team in recent years.  He's also had his share of drops and he's a little overpaid.  I'm not concerned about him taking snaps from Kincaid.  He's another weapon that an effective OC can use and Brady will use him.  With the offense playing better the last few weeks, there are more snaps for the offense and plenty of opportunities for everyone.

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11 hours ago, Process said:

Two games with Brady Morris played 25 and 29 snaps. Bills are still using two right ends. Yes his contract sucks but we can't do anything about that now. Knox is an upgrade over Morris and we will benefit from his return. 

 

Those snaps are not in two TE sets. They have run two TE's on 8 plays the last two games. 

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15 hours ago, Mikie2times said:

If you asked me to name two difference makers for the Bills on offense over the past several weeks I'm going with Shakir and Kincaid.  Some might feel Shakir is a JAG, but I think he is a sneaky good route runner. Kincaid is certainly developing into a a legit weapon in front of our eyes. I enjoy Knox's energy, I just don't know where he fits in anymore. If he takes snaps over Kinkaid I feel like we lose. If we go to 12 personnel and he takes snaps away from Shakir I feel we lose. I could see him benefiting us in situational spots as we go to 12 personnel or Dalton needs a breather, but this offense has lived in 3 WR/ 1 TE looks since the Jets game. I think that is our most prolific base formation.

 

Longer term where does Knox fit into all of it? If we cut him next year we save about 6 million. Plenty of dead money comes with it, but again 6 million in savings.  Do any of you think the long term play would be to keep them both? With Brady running point I'm more confident we will not allow his return to derail what we have been doing well. It's sort of weird to feel like this when getting an injured player back. Especially one who has made some plays in the past for us just not so much of late.  

 

Before Brady, I was DREADING this day because before his injury neither Kincaid or Shakir were getting enough touches or opportunities, especially Shakir.  I had absolutely no trust in Dorsey's ability to incorporate the talents of the roster and put them in the best position to win every week.

 

However, Knox is a good football player still, and with Brady here I feel much more confident in Brady's ability to utilize the talents of the roster and keep spreading the ball around all these guys.  

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16 hours ago, LABILLBACKER said:

Knox is greatly overpaid for his production and Von was a horrible FA pu.  This has nothing to do with hate.  It's called business.  And if the investigation shows DV then let the hate flow.

It’s overreaction by the typical impatient fan base. Everyone loved the Knox extension and Von pickup. Tough times define the type of fan/person you are. And now the MCD hate with the 9/11 and boots BS. Some of you are so quick to believe the negative crap. 

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It's always a good thing to have more/diverse weapons at your command as long as the OC is good and knows how to best utilize everyone. If Brady is worth his salt, there is no negative with Knox returning. It's just more options for Brady dependent on opponent/situation. And Knox is the best blocking TE, which should help in certain situations. I think you can run an offense where Kincaid, Knox, and Shakir all still get plenty of snaps and opportunities. But maybe the number of snaps flips a bit from earlier in the year when it was Knox, Kincaid, Shakir in order of snap count, to Kincaid, Shakir, Knox or Kincaid, Knox, Shakir. Morris and Sherfield will also probably see a bit of a drop in snap count as well to accommodate for Knox.

 

 

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1 hour ago, AlfaBill said:

It’s overreaction by the typical impatient fan base. Everyone loved the Knox extension and Von pickup. Tough times define the type of fan/person you are. And now the MCD hate with the 9/11 and boots BS. Some of you are so quick to believe the negative crap. 

Confirmation bias. It's how people have always been. Here's Sir Francis Bacon from 1620:

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Once a human intellect has adopted an opinion (either as something it likes or as something generally accepted), it draws everything else in to confirm and support it. Even if there are more and stronger instances against it than there are in its favor, the intellect either overlooks these or treats them as negligible or does some line-drawing that lets it shift them out of the way and reject them. This involves a great and pernicious prejudgment by means of which the intellect’s former conclusions remain inviolate.

 

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Morris played 38 percent of the snaps vs the jets and 26 percent of the snaps against the eagles. Gave Davis was over 95 percent in both games. You give all of morris snaps to Knox and 10-15 percent of Davis snaps. That gets Knox up to 40-50 percent of the snaps and gets gabe into a better spot around 80 percent 

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11 hours ago, dorquemada said:

Knox is there to protect us all from Spencer brown

Right. To be fair, that kept his production down as a pass catcher. Maybe that will change now that Brown seems to have turned the corner. 

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58 minutes ago, khlax3 said:

Morris played 38 percent of the snaps vs the jets and 26 percent of the snaps against the eagles. Gave Davis was over 95 percent in both games. You give all of morris snaps to Knox and 10-15 percent of Davis snaps. That gets Knox up to 40-50 percent of the snaps and gets gabe into a better spot around 80 percent 

Good post. 

Knox is still a very good talent. He makes the team better. Outside of the Eagles games, the worst offensive games all season were with Knox out.

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