McKenzie: 'We can do a lot' this season on offense

September 5, 2019
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The Buffalo Bills are set to kick off the 2019 regular season on Sunday when the team travels to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey to take on their AFC East rival, New York Jets.

After wrapping up the preseason last week, the Bills proceeded to trim their roster down to the league-mandated 53 players for the 2019 season.

One of those players who made the cut this year is Isaiah McKenzie, who won a spot on the roster after a heated battle at the wide receiver position through training camp and the preseason.

The 24-year-old wideout was originally signed last November after being released by the Denver Broncos. In seven games with the Bills last season, McKenzie served in a number of roles in both the passing and rushing attack offense, and also contributed on special teams as a returner. He brought in 18 receptions for 179 yards, while carrying the ball 10 times for 66 yards and his first two touchdowns of his NFL career.

As he heads into his third season in the NFL, McKenzie will, once again, be part of the wide receiver depth that will likely be utilized in a number of different situations on offense.

McKenzie took some time on Thursday to join Howard Simon and Jeremy White on WGR. Here is some of what he had to say:

 

McKenzie on being a player on the roster bubble after the preseason:

"I feel like for the guys that are in that mix are kind of nervous and things like that; just have anxiety for 48 hours. Just thinking about it makes you not want to eat, sleep, and makes you want to turn on your phone... It's nerve-racking. It is. For the people who haven't experienced it, I hope they don't. It's pretty nerve-racking for 48 hours."

 

McKenzie on the complexion of the wide receiver room:

"Last year, I came in late in the season and saw a lot of potential in the room with Zay [Jones], myself, Robert Foster, Cam Phillips and those guys. Coming into this year, [the team] added John Brown, [Cole] Beasley and Andre Roberts, and I felt like they're older guys that have been in the league enough that they know the ropes to the game and know how to play the game. I felt like for all the young guys that are behind them, [we're] just learning from them and getting everything we can by picking their brains. I feel like they've taught us so much this offseason that going into the season, the young guys are pretty prepared and ready to play ball. They've brought a lot of juice to the room and a lot of knowledge to the room."

 

McKenzie on Cole Beasley's impact on him:

"He's taught me a lot. How to slow down my routes, how to read defenses and things like that. I've learned a lot from him within these few months we've been together. I 'm hoping to pick his brain some more as the season goes on, and just making me a better player and a complete player in the receiver aspect."

 

McKenzie on Josh Allen heading into his second season:

"He's always focused, but he's even more focused now. He's sharpening his knife each and every day. He's getting better each and every day. He's always been a competitor, and he always wants to win. If he just keeps doing what he's doing, he's going to be great."

 

McKenzie on Allen's leadership on offense:

"I've always seen him as a leader. He plays the quarterback position, and there's no doubt about it that he has to be the leader. He comes in the offense, he controls the offense, he tells us what to do when we need to do it, he corrects us on the bad and things like that. He's going to be my leader until the end of time. I feel like he's doing his job, and he's leading by example on and off the field. If he keeps doing that, he's going to be great."

 

McKenzie on expectations of the Bills offense this season:

"We can do a lot. We have all types of weapons from the tight end position to running back, receiver, and we have a good offensive line now and things like that. Now we just have to put it all together. Hopefully this season goes well, and I'm just preparing for each and every week like everybody else. We're just trying to go out there and win football games."

 

You can listen to the entire interview below: