Dawson Knox
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Knox with the Buffalo Bills in 2021
No. 88 – Buffalo Bills
Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1996-11-14) November 14, 1996 (age 25)
Brentwood, Tennessee
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:254 lb (115 kg)
Career information
High school:Brentwood Academy
College:Ole Miss
NFL Draft:2019 / Round: 3 / Pick: 96
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics
Receptions:101
Receiving yards:1,263
Receiving touchdowns:14
Rushing yards:13
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Dawson Alan Knox (born November 14, 1996) is an American football tight end for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Ole Miss.

Early years

Knox attended St. Paul Christian Academy and Brentwood Academy in Brentwood, Tennessee.[1] He played wide receiver and quarterback for the high school football team. He played in only one game his senior season due to an ankle injury.[2]

College career

Knox joined the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) as a walk-on fullback in 2015.[3] He played at Ole Miss until 2018.[4] During his career, he had 39 receptions for 605 yards.[5] After his junior season in 2018, he decided to forgo his senior year and enter the 2019 NFL Draft.[6][7]

Collegiate statistics

Dawson Knox Receiving
Year School Conf Pos G Rec Yds Avg TD
2016 Ole Miss SEC TE 1 0 0 0.0 0
2017 Ole Miss SEC TE 8 24 321 13.4 0
2018 Ole Miss SEC TE 9 15 284 18.9 0
Career Ole Miss 18 39 605 15.5 0

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Bench press
6 ft 4+38 in
(1.94 m)
254 lb
(115 kg)
33+12 in
(0.85 m)
9+34 in
(0.25 m)
4.27 s 7.12 s 34.5 in
(0.88 m)
16 reps
All values from NFL Combine

The Buffalo Bills selected Knox in the third round with the 96th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.[8] Knox signed his rookie contract with the team on June 14, 2019.[9]

On September 22, 2019, Knox caught his first NFL touchdown from Josh Allen against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 3. He had a hand in the Bills' game-winning drive, catching another reception from Allen for 49 yards and running over two Bengals defenders along the way to set up a touchdown run by Frank Gore. Knox finished with three receptions for 67 yards and a touchdown as the Bills won 21-17.[10] Knox had an up-and-down rookie season, catching 28 of 50 targets for 388 yards and two touchdowns.[11]

On October 24, 2020, Knox was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list after testing positive for the virus.[12] He was activated on November 5.[13] Knox would play in 12 games, starting seven, in 2020, catching 24 passes for 288 yards and three touchdowns.[14]

In Buffalo's Wild Card Round victory over the Indianapolis Colts, Knox caught two passes for five yards, including a two-yard touchdown from Josh Allen in the first quarter of the Bills' eventual 27–24 victory. In the AFC Championship against the Kansas City Chiefs, Knox recorded 6 catches for 42 yards and a touchdown during the 38–24 loss.[15]

Knox became a more prominent part of the Bills' passing attack in 2021. During Thanksgiving Day against the New Orleans Saints, he caught two touchdowns to raise his season total to 7, overtaking Buffalo's franchise record for most receiving touchdowns in a season by a tight end.[16]

NFL career statistics

Regular season

Year Team Games Receiving Rushing Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2019 BUF 15 11 28 388 13.9 49 2 1 9 9.0 9 0 0 0
2020 BUF 12 7 24 288 12.0 36 3 0 0 0.0 0 0 2 2
2021 BUF 15 14 49 587 12.0 53 9 0 4 0.0 4 0 0 0
Career 42 32 101 1,263 12.5 53 14 1 13 13 9 0 2 2

Postseason

Year Team Games Receiving Rushing Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2019 BUF 1 1 1 14 14.0 14 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2020 BUF 3 2 10 65 6.5 14 2 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2021 BUF 2 2 7 98 14.0 38 2 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
Career 6 5 18 177 9.8 38 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Personal life

Knox is a Christian.[17] Knox has partnered with P.U.N.T. Pediatric Cancer Collaborative to support the organization through various initiatives.[18]

References

  1. ^ "Dawson Knox, Buffalo Bills, Tight End". 247Sports. Retrieved April 5, 2020.
  2. ^ Lee, Maddie (August 8, 2018). "Walk-on to starter: How Ole Miss tight end Dawson Knox found his 'edge'". The Clarion Ledger. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  3. ^ Bliss, Jessica (March 6, 2019). "NFL Draft Diaries: Dawson Knox found motivation as walk-on at Ole Miss". The Tennessean. Retrieved April 5, 2020.
  4. ^ "Dawson Knox College Stats". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved April 5, 2020.
  5. ^ Turner, Kevin (April 3, 2019). "Dawson Knox caught 39 college passes. But his massive upside..." The Athletic. Retrieved April 5, 2020.
  6. ^ Suss, Nick (March 30, 2019). "Dawson Knox explains why he declared for NFL Draft, why he's better than his tape might show". The Clarion Ledger. Retrieved April 5, 2020.
  7. ^ Gabler, Nathanael (December 22, 2018). "Dawson Knox to enter NFL Draft". The Oxford Eagle. Retrieved April 5, 2020.
  8. ^ Murphy, Sean (April 26, 2019). "Buffalo Bills trade back into third round of NFL Draft, select Ole Miss TE Dawson Knox". Buffalo Rumblings. Retrieved April 5, 2020.
  9. ^ Brown, Chris (June 14, 2019). "TE Dawson Knox signs rookie deal with Buffalo". Buffalo Bills. Retrieved June 16, 2019.
  10. ^ "Bills stay unbeaten by rallying back to beat Bengals 21-17". www.espn.com. Associated Press. September 22, 2019. Retrieved September 22, 2019.
  11. ^ "Bills' Dawson Knox: Strong rookie season". CBSSports.com. January 26, 2020. Retrieved January 28, 2020.
  12. ^ "Bills place four players on the Reserve/COVID-19 list; four players elevated from practice squad". BuffaloBills.com. October 24, 2020. Retrieved March 29, 2021.
  13. ^ Wojton, Nick (November 5, 2020). "Bills activate Dawson Knox from Reserve/ COVID-19 list". USAToday.com. Retrieved December 6, 2020.
  14. ^ "Dawson Knox 2020 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 29, 2021.
  15. ^ "AFC Championship - Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs - January 24th, 2021". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 31, 2021.
  16. ^ "Buffalo Bills vs. New Orleans Saints Live Score and Stats - November 25, 2021 Gametracker". CBSSports.com. Retrieved November 27, 2021.
  17. ^ Mercer, Kevin. "Buffalo Bills TE Dawson Knox seeks to glorify God amid breakout season". Sports Spectrum. Retrieved October 15, 2021.
  18. ^ Fitzgerald, Katherine. "Bills tight end Dawson Knox's 'Knox Sox' to benefit pediatric cancer patients". Retrieved October 15, 2021.