Why the ‘Gadget Guy’ nickname doesn’t bother Bills’ Isaiah McKenzie


Whatever a “gadget guy” is, go ahead and call him Isaiah McKenzie. The Buffalo Bills wide receiver has no problem with that, even though he is staring a big opportunity in the face.

With Cole Beasley leaving the Bills this offseason, McKenzie re-signed. He faces competition in his effort to replace Beasley in the starting lineup via Jamison Crowder and rookie Khalil Shakir.

However, McKenzie became the early favorite.

Even Buffalo head coach Sean McDermott said McKenzie has a “potential full-time role” ahead of him.

It is a clear difference compared to the last years, even last season. Previously, he was considered a small player, or someone called a “gadget guy”.

While something might be considered a slight, McKenzie told Bills training camp that just wasn’t the case for him. Instead, it’s open to any nicknames.

“‘He’s just a gimmicky guy, whatever,’ but I go out there and do my thing as a wide receiver,” McKenzie said. “It doesn’t bother me at all, I know what I’m capable of.”

“I have to open up, you know, man-to-man coverage, zone, I have to be in the right position, in the right space,” McKenzie added. “And I feel like it’s evolved. I open up for (QB Josh Allen) when he needs me. I sit in the zone when he needs me there, and it’s been great so far.

Find out more from McKenzie about the nickname and the potential futures that lie ahead. see an excerpt from his last videoconference via WIVB-TV below:


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