Bills training camp position preview: Tight end all about how Dawson Knox does in third season

Buffalo Bills tight end Dawson Knox (88) catches a pass during OTAs at the practice fields outside Highmark Stadium.

James P. McCoy

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This is the fifth in a series of previews of the Bills at each position heading into training camp. This installment focuses on tight ends.

Perhaps no position on the Bills has generated more offseason discussion than tight end.

Most of it, though, has focused on Zach Ertz, who isn’t even on the team.

Since word surfaced about Ertz’s desire to leave the Philadelphia Eagles, there has been rampant speculation about the Bills acquiring him in a trade. The presumption is the Eagles would be willing to let him go for a bargain price. Another possibility is that the Eagles will simply release Ertz and the Bills could sign him as a free agent.

For the time being, hope for an upgrade at tight end hinges mainly on Dawson Knox not only rebounding from a disappointing 2020 season, but taking his game to a higher level. To that end, he has spent time in the offseason working out with Josh Allen in Southern California, where he also has worked with a sports performance vision coach.

Returnees: Nate Becker, Reggie Gilliam, Dawson Knox, Tommy Sweeney.

Newcomers: Jacob Hollister (free agent, Seattle), Quintin Morris (undrafted free agent).

Departures: Tyler Kroft (Jets), Lee Smith (trade, Atlanta).

Key number: 3. That’s the number of touchdown passes Knox caught last season, one…

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