Bills claim receiver/returner McKenzie off waivers

The Bills release wide receiver Cam Phillips to make room on the 53-man roster

Sal Capaccio
November 05, 2018 - 9:12 pm

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The Buffalo Bills made a move at wide receiver and in the return game late Monday, claiming speedster Isaiah McKenzie off waivers from the Denver Broncos and releasing wideout Cam Phillips.


According to 9News in Denver, the Bills had tried to poach McKenzie from the Broncos’ practice squad just a couple weeks ago, but Denver didn’t want to lose him and instead signed him to their 53-man roster. However, he was waived last Friday.


McKenzie was drafted by the Broncos in the fifth round (172nd overall) in the 2017 NFL Draft out of Georgia. The 5’8”, 175-pound Miami native scored six times on returns in college - five via punt return and once on a kickoff return. For his three-year career at Georgia, McKenzie averaged 11.7 yards per-punt return and 23.3 yards per-kick return.

McKenzie was also the Bulldogs’ leading receiver in 2016, collecting 44 catches for 633 yards and seven touchdowns.

In 2017 with the Broncos, McKenzie played in 11 games, catching four passes for 29 yards. He has 23 career punt returns in the NFL, averaging 8.5 yards per-return.

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