Buffalo Bills: 3 under-the-radar players to watch in AFC Championship

Isaiah McKenzie, Buffalo Bills (Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports)
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Jan 3, 2021; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie (19) runs into the end zone for a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins during the second quarter at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports /

While the Buffalo Bills will need big games from their stars like Josh Allen, Stefon Diggs and Tre’Davious White. They won’t be able to do it alone and will need other players to step up.

Last week against the Ravens, it was Taron Johnson who swung momentum in the Bills favor with his 101-yard interception returned for a touchdown. The question is who on the Buffalo Bills will make that big play against the Kansas City Chiefs? These are three players that could make a big difference in the AFC Championship Game.

Isaiah McKenzie

Isaiah McKenzie could see his snaps increase this week due to injuries at the wide receiver position. The Bills have had Gabriel Davis and Cole Beasley miss practice time this week with Davis not practicing at all on Wednesday and Thursday and Beasley being limited on Thursday.

The injuries at the position likely mean the Bills will call up Kenny Stills from the practice squad this week. However, it could actually end up being Isaiah McKenzie who sees his role grow in this offense.

McKenzie has been more of a gadget player all season but showed against the Miami Dolphins he can be productive in more of a traditional wide receiver role. In Week 17, McKenzie was the team’s primary slot receiver and finished with six receptions for 65 yards and two touchdowns.

The fact that McKenzie has more experience in this offense and with Josh Allen, combined with his performance against the Dolphins gives him a great opportunity to make a few key plays against the Chiefs.