Bill’s playmaker says he’s ahead of surprise scratch “for the season”.
Buffalo Bill’s playmaker Isaiah McKenzie won’t play in the team’s Thanksgiving match against the New Orleans Saints after a surprise scratch. If McKenzie’s Twitter proclamation is true, Bills fans may not see him again this season.
The team’s wide receiver and kick-returner, one of the most explosive players in an already talented offensive, wrote on Twitter that he was “out for the season”. McKenzie didn’t provide any further details and was never included in the team’s injury report in the days leading up to Thursday’s game.
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McKenzie has been the team’s main punt and kick returner that season, but that job appeared to be in jeopardy as the team activated fast-paced rookie Marquez Stevenson from injured reserve this week. McKenzie and Stevenson shared return duties during the preseason, with Stevenson returning a punt for a touchdown in the team’s win against the Chicago Bears.
The Bills put McKenzie on the inactive list for the Thanksgiving game, the first time he was scratched that season. Some speculated that the bench press was a “wake-up call” for McKenzie, who struggled with ball safety in the second leg. He’d made several mistakes, including a costly fumble in the team’s November 21 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
After losing to the Colts, Bill’s head coach Sean McDermott didn’t sound like he wanted to make a change in the second leg.
“I am confident Isaiah is a returnee,” said McDermott via video conference. “As a team, we have to take better care of football. Difficult to win if you don’t watch the ball. “
Some insiders see the move to Stevenson as an attempt by the Bills to hasten a beleaguered crime. The team were unable to launch a constant attack, scoring 40 points or more three times, but were unable to move the ball in other games, including the 9-6 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
McDermott said staff turnover was one of the biggest problems, which could be a factor in the team’s decision to leave McKenzie.
“I keep talking about you can’t turn the ball, and we’re turning the ball four times today, which adds up to 21 points, so you just can’t do that,” McDermott said via WIVB. “This team enjoyed taking the ball away and we not only turn it on the offensive, but also in special teams. You can’t do that and expect to win. You make it really difficult for yourself. “
Quarterback Josh Allen echoed that sentiment, saying the team needed to reduce mistakes.
“We’re a really good football team if we don’t bite our asses,” said Allen after the loss to the Colts. “What we are using in this field today is not what we are. I have a lot of confidence in our team and it’s no secret that we have to do a better job on all fronts. “
The Bills make other changes on the offensive. Zack Moss was inactive against the Saints, with McDermott saying earlier this week that Matt Breida deserved more carries after strong performances against the New York Jets and Colts.
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