When Andy Isabella was signed to the Buffalo Bills roster, he almost immediately started making plays on the field and not just in practice but on game days in the preseason. Many fans were clamoring for him to make the 53-man roster; however, he did not make the cut. It's been a while since his name has come up among the fans, but it looks like he'll be making his long-awaited Bills debut.
During the preseason, Isabella was targeted eight times, with six receptions and 63 yards. PFF liked what they saw from him as well, giving him an overall preseason grade of 72.6. He also averaged 6.5 yards after the catch and was credited with zero drops. He also brings a 4.31 40-time to the field.
What offensive coordinator Joe Brady has planned for Isabella is anyone's guess but it's something the Eagles will have to think about going into this huge battle. It could be the Bills intend to use him solely as a return man, allowing Deonty Harty more time with the offense. It's also possible they have a set of plays intended for Isabella too.
The Eagles are 23rd against the pass this season and have allowed 21 touchdowns, with only five interceptions. With Dalton Kincaid's and Khalil Shakir's emergence, the Bills will have opportunities to make plays in this game behind Josh Allen's rocket arm. The only thing that could derail this is turnovers. Even though the Eagles haven't forced many, the Bills have been serving up the ball on a platter to opposing defense far too much this year.
It's unknown what to expect now and that's a good thing. Simply elevating Isabella makes fans and the Eagles have to wonder if there is a plan. The more you can throw at a defense to have to consider and game plan for, the better off you'll be. The question will be going forward, if Isabella will get more call-ups down the stretch or if is this simply a game-specific move based on the Eagles' struggles to stop the passing game.