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Bill’s TE Dawson Knox hails new teammate as ‘freak athlete’

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Dawson Knox is poised to give opposing defenses nightmares next season – with the help of his “insanely” talented new teammate.

The Buffalo Bills tight end is coming off a career season in 2021 and believes the tight end group will be even more dangerous next season thanks to the addition of OJ Howard. The Bills didn’t get much performance out of their tight ends outside of Knox last year — Tommy Sweeney was the only other tight end with a catch and finished the season with nine catches for 44 yards and a touchdown. With the takeover of the tight end of the former Alabama and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Bills have an opportunity to change that.

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Speaking at training camp this week, Knox said he’s excited about the opportunities the Bills have now that Howard is on board. The Bills used two tight end sets at a league low 100 times last season, noted Democrat & Chronicle’s Sal Maiorana, but new offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey will have more options now that Howard is on board.

“It’s fun to have guys like OJ in the room, there’s going to be a lot of diversity now, a lot of versatility with the position,” Knox said.

Howard also helps add a lot more athleticism. The 27-year-old is 6ft 6 and weighs 251 pounds and ran a 4.51 40-yard dash before being drafted in the first round in 2017, which places him in the 96th percentile among tight ends.

“I mean, he’s a freak athlete,” Knox said. “He makes me feel small, I mean the guy is 6’6 as you know, his arms are massive. Just having another weapon like that is just going to make it that much harder to stop us, so I think he’s just going to push me to get better too, I think.”

Knox said he’s looking forward to the team getting two more sets of tight end, which will give a boost to the ongoing game that stalled at times last season, while also providing some favorable matchups for the new tight end -Duo creates.

“It’s just an extra piece that you know is going to be a nightmare to defend for the defense, right?” said Knox. “Oh yeah, we can’t wait. It’s going to be a nightmare for many defences.”

After catching 94 passes for 1,456 yards and 12 touchdowns in his first three years in the NFL, Howard has taken a step back in the last two seasons. He suffered a late-season hamstring tear in game four of the 2020 season, then caught just 14 passes for 135 yards and a touchdown last season as Rob Gronkowski became the Buccaneers’ main pass-catching tight end.

Howard said he didn’t initially have the Bills on his radar when he went freelance, but his agent convinced him to think about it.

“As the process went on, a lot of the teams I wanted to go to didn’t really work in my favor, then my agent said, ‘Hey, Buffalo, look at this, they’re interested, let’s look at it on paper.'” , Howard said during an appearance on radio WGR-550. “Once I knew what was on the roster and [Bills QB] Josh Allen at the helm, it was a no-brainer.”

Howard added that he was impressed with Allen as their teams played in Week 14. Although the Buccaneers won the game in overtime, Allen made a 21-point comeback to end the game late in what many considered his best performance of the season.

“I looked over at one of our guys and said, ‘This guy’s tough,'” Howard said. “That game right there showed me that this team has toughness and bite.”

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