One of the big rumors for most of the offseason has been surrounding the Buffalo Bills potentially acquiring All-Pro tight end Zach Ertz from the Philadelphia Eagles. The connection certainly has made sense as the Bills could potentially look to upgrade the position and Ertz was granted permission to seek a trade.
However, this raises the question of where Dawson Knox might fit into the offense in that scenario. Knox was a third round pick by the Bills in 2018 and at the time was viewed as a player that would need time to develop.
That has certainly proven to be true as the tight end has shown flashes but everything hasn’t come together.
Since this has been one of the more talked about rumors, it wasn’t surprising that Knox was asked about this past week after OTAs. What was a little surprising was his response:
"“I think no matter who they bring in it just elevates everyone’s level of play. When I was at Ole Miss I was a walk-on I was learning behind Evan [Engram] who was an All-American. He graduated they brought in three four-star recruits that same year and I feel like that elevated my play to where I earned the starting spot that same year and kept that spot you know through my years there.”"
This is undoubtedly a great response from Dawson Knox because there is absolutely a chance that a player could struggle with rumors about a team actively looking to upgrade the position. This also means they are actively looking to replace that player in the starting lineup.
It remains to be seen if the Buffalo Bills ultimately are able to add Zach Ertz but it is clear that Knox’s focus is on this coming season and continuing to improve. One of the ways he has tried to do that is by working with a hand-eye trainer over the past few months in hopes of improving drops, which is something he has struggled with his first two years in the league.
This coming season is going to be a pivotal year for Dawson Knox and if he is able to take that next step, it will make this Buffalo Bills offense just that more dynamic.