Albany Times Union

Knox enjoying breakthrou­gh season

Dawson Knox leads in touchdown catches for Buffalo in third year

- By John Wawrow

Bills tight end Dawson Knox has establishe­d such a strong rapport with quarterbac­k Josh Allen, the two have begun finishing each other’s sentences.

“Just the little things you do start to add up,” Knox said following a 43-21 win over Washington in Week 3, referring to his sudden jump in production.

“The little things you do right start to add up,” interjecte­d Allen, who shared the podium. “This guy does everything right throughout the week, and it’s awesome to play with him.”

Knox turned and thanked Allen for the compliment, before adding: “We need some more prom pics.”

The remark was in reference to the touchdown celebratio­n, called the ‘Prom Pose,’ made famous by comedian Will Ferrell and musical artist Drake, which Knox and Allen debuted earlier in the day.

Forget the prom. The thirdyear tight end is enjoying a coming out party five weeks into the season with Buffalo (4-1) preparing to play at Tennessee (3-2) on Monday night.

Knox’s five touchdown catches lead Buffalo, are tops among NFL tight ends, and tied for second overall in the league.

He’s Buffalo’s first tight end to score in four consecutiv­e games, with two touchdowns coming in a 40-0 win over Houston two weeks ago. And Knox’s 117 yards receiving in a 38-20 win over Kansas City on Monday night were the most by a Bills tight end since Paul Costa had 163 on Dec. 24, 1967.

And to think, Knox was a walk-on at Mississipp­i and eventually made the team after making the switch from quarterbac­k to tight end.

With 39 catches for 605 yards over essentiall­y two seasons at Ole Miss, Knox was considered a project and was selected in the third round of the 2019 draft.

He credits his boost in production to a variety of reasons, including the familiarit­y of being in the same offensive system for three years.

This offseason he visited Allen in California, where they spent their days working on routes and their evenings playing board games. During the trip, Knox also met with a vision performanc­e specialist to work on his hand-eye coordinati­on after dropping four passes last season.

And then there was Knox’s decision to essentiall­y go back to school — Tight End U, to be specific.

Knox was among about 40 tight ends to attend the threeday course in June, and hosted by Kansas City’s Travis Kelce, San Francisco’s George Kittle and former Carolina tight end Greg Olsen in Nashville.

The only difference Allen sees in Knox is a growth in confidence.

“I’ve trusted him ever since I’ve known him, but I think he’s trusting himself now,” Allen said. “He’s just making plays. He’s getting open.”

Including three playoff games, Knox has combined for 44 catches for 504 yards and 10 touchdowns over his past 14 outings. In his first 22 games, he had 37 catches for 512 yards and two scores.

 ?? Jamie Squire / Getty Images ?? Bills’ Dawson Knox, left, congrautla­tes Josh Allen after a touchdown against the Chiefs.
Jamie Squire / Getty Images Bills’ Dawson Knox, left, congrautla­tes Josh Allen after a touchdown against the Chiefs.

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