2 Payments Receivers Who Should Step Up With Cole Beasley Out

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Cole Beasley #11 of the Buffalo Bills runs with the ball after a reception against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the fourth quarter at Raymond James Stadium on December 12, 2021 in Tampa, Florida.
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Extensive receiver Cole Beasley will miss the Buffalo Payments’ recreation on Sunday in opposition to the New England Patriots.

On Tuesday, the Payments added Beasley to their reserve/COVID-19 listing.

Beasley is amongst six energetic Payments gamers on the listing as of Saturday afternoon.

As a result of Beasley is unvaccinated, he might be out for 10 days.

Beasley has 76 receptions on 101 targets for 640 yards and one landing this yr.

In August, the Payments put Beasley on the COVID listing attributable to shut contract tracing.

Extensive receiver Emmanuel Sanders is anticipated to return to the lineup on Sunday in opposition to the Patriots.

Sanders was thought-about week-to-week with a knee sprain, which prevented him from taking part in within the Week 15 recreation in opposition to the Carolina Panthers.

Plus, receiver Gabriel Davis (sickness) can be anticipated to overlook Sunday’s recreation.

Listed below are two Payments receivers who should step up with Beasley and Davis out:


2. Isaiah McKenzie

Isaiah McKenzie is anticipated to see extra alternatives within the slot in opposition to the Patriots.

In 12 video games this season, McKenzie has seven receptions on 11 targets for 38 yards.

Final season, McKenzie had 30 receptions on 34 targets for 282 yards and 5 touchdowns.

On Friday, a media member requested Patriots coach Invoice Belichick about McKenzie’s skills.

“He’s an explosive participant,” Belichick stated. “Very explosive. (He’s a) house run man within the return recreation and, offensively, he will get the ball in house. He’s very fast, elusive, and if he will get a crease, he could make an enormous play, go all the way in which.”

Belichick additionally referred to as McKenzie a “versatile participant.”

“(He) catches the ball. They use him within the backfield. They use him on some handoff performs, velocity sweeps, reverses, and issues like that, throw it to him, fast screens, over-the-middle performs, deep balls after which, after all, within the kicking recreation, he’s a dynamic returner.”

Belichick additionally stated he anticipates McKenzie will play extra with Beasley out.

“We’ll simply need to be prepared for whoever they put in there, however he’s a man who can break the sport open with one play.”


1. Stefon Diggs

Stefon Diggs was considered one of 4 AFC huge receivers named to the 2022 Professional Bowl, together with Tyreek Hill, Ja’Marr Chase, and Keenan Allen.

It marks Diggs’ second Professional Bowl choice.

Massive-time gamers make big-time performs in big-time video games.

A key matchup for Sunday’s contest might be how Diggs performs in opposition to Patriots Professional Bowl cornerback J.C. Jackson.

It marks Jackson’s first Professional Bowl choice after he got here to the Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2018.

The Payments want Diggs to make performs Sunday in the event that they wish to tie up the Patriots within the AFC East standings.

Throughout the two groups’ first recreation on December 6, the Patriots beat the Payments, 14-10.

Within the Week 13 recreation, Diggs had 4 receptions on seven targets for 51 yards regardless of 40 mph wind gusts and wind chills within the mid-20s.

On the 2021 season, Diggs has 82 receptions on 128 targets for 1,007 yards for eight touchdowns.

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