NFL Week 8 Recap: Immediate fantasy football takeaways from Buccaneers-Bills Thursday Night Football

2T3TPAJ Buffalo Bills wide receiver Gabe Davis (13) carries as Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Carlton Davis III (24) defends in the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 26, 2023, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Gabe Davis sets a career-high in receptions: The Buffalo Bills wide receiver is known for scoring touchdowns but not for racking up the receptions. He found the end zone tonight but also caught nine passes for the first time.

Dalton Kincaid shines without Dawson Knox: The first-round rookie received a noteworthy uptick in playing time and scored his first NFL touchdown.

Rachaad White reaches over 100 yards: White was uniquely suited to put up good numbers against the Buffalo Bills defense.

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WR:CB Matchup Chart

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Buffalo Bills

  • Gabe Davis: 9 receptions, 87 yards, 1 touchdown
  • Chris Godwin: 5 receptions, 54 yards, 1 touchdown; 1 carry, 14 rushing yards

Dalton Kincaid scores with Dawson Knox out: Knox landed on injured reserve earlier today after undergoing wrist surgery.

  • Third-string tight end Quintin Morris missed his second straight game with an ankle injury. They could have called up undrafted rookie Joel Wilson from the practice squad but instead kept Kincaid as the only tight end on the active roster.
  • The first-round rookie played the vast majority of snaps as expected. Typically, a team with only one healthy tight end uses its fullback or a sixth offensive lineman a lot more. Tonight, the Bills typically went to four-receiver sets when they wanted to give Kincaid a break.
  • Kincaid received two targets when the Bills were within five yards of scoring, although neither resulted in a touchdown. He saw only three red-zone targets over the first seven weeks.
  • He ended the game with five receptions for 65 yards and a touchdown.
  • He might see a slight dip in playing time once Morris is healthy, but he should remain a fantasy starter while Knox is out and probably also when he’s back, considering how well he’s playing.

Khalil Shakir leads the Bills in receiving yards: Shakir has slowly but surely increased his playing time all season, and he recorded 92 yards on six receptions tonight.

  • Deonte Harty started the season as the Bills’ third receiver in three-receiver sets, but he’s slowly been phased out of the offense.
  • Shakir, Trent Sherfield and Harty received significant playing time in three-receiver sets in recent weeks.
  • Gabe Davis and Stefon Diggs rarely left the field, and Skair and Sherfield both received significant increases in playing time as the Bills stopped using 12 personnel.
  • All of Shakir’s receiving work occurred from the slot. The Buccaneers ranked third in receiving yards allowed to slot receivers this season despite already having their bye week. Shakir’s 92 receiving yards from the slot were the second-most by a Bills slot receiver over the past two seasons.
  • Shakir is a fine waiver wire target, but he will probably only be productive while Knox is out against other teams who have given up significant work to slot receivers. He would also be a potential fantasy starter if Davis or Diggs ever miss time due to injury.

Chase Edmonds returns to Tampa Bay: Edmonds missed the Buccaneers' last four games while on injured reserve with a knee injury.

  • Edmonds was elevated to the active roster yesterday and was a full participant in practice all week.
  • He and Sean Tucker both received significant playing time in Week 1. Edmonds received three snaps on the first drive of Week 2 before suffering his injury. Those three snaps were more than any other Buccaneers backup has achieved in any first drive of a game this season.
  • Ke’Shawn Vaughn had overtaken Tucker on the depth chart in recent weeks, and the sixth-round rookie was a healthy inactive for this game.
  • Vaughn and Edmonds both received a few snaps in this game. Edmonds took two drives, both when the Buccaneers were pinned within 10 yards of their own goal line.
  • Edmonds’ return didn’t have an impact on Rachaad White’s playing time in this game, but there is a chance Edmonds could earn more playing time in the future.

Miscellaneous Notes

  • Latavius Murray started for a second straight week, but James Cook dominated offensive snaps, particularly in the second half. Cook received the majority of snaps and touches. Murray received the goal-line work, as usual.
  • Josh Allen was checked in the medical tent after scoring his rushing touchdown in the second quarter but never missed a snap.
  • Buccaneers tight end Cade Otton played every offensive snap until the four-minute mark of the fourth quarter. He’s played at least 90% of offensive snaps every game this season.

Table Notes

Snaps include plays called back due to penalties, including offensive holding or defensive pass interference. The other three stats have these plays removed.

Targets may differ from official NFL sources. The most likely discrepancy would be from a clear thrown-away pass, where the NFL may give the target to the nearest receiver, while this data will not.

Carries are only on designed plays. Quarterback scrambles won’t count for the total number of carries in the game.


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