In a victorious match against the New York Jets, wide receiver Khalil Shakir’s 81-yard touchdown catch-and-run in the third quarter showcased the teamwork of Buffalo Bills’ rookie tight end Dalton Kincaid. Chasing down Shakir, Kincaid executed a pivotal block on Jets cornerback Sauce Gardner, disrupting the potential tackle and causing a domino effect.
Gardner collided with cornerback Brandin Echols, impeding safety Jordan Whitehead and allowing Shakir to score, expanding the Bills’ lead. As the Bills contend for a playoff spot amid the NFL’s toughest remaining schedule, every game holds significance.
In a post-game conversation with quarterback Josh Allen, Kincaid described his crucial block as a “doot,” emphasizing its impact. Despite offensive challenges leading to the recent firing of coordinator Ken Dorsey, Kincaid’s performance has shone in the last five games, amassing 35 catches for 318 yards and two touchdowns. The Bills’ decision to trade up and draft Kincaid 25th overall is proving wise.
Coach Sean McDermott recognizes Kincaid’s growing role, citing his development and rapport with Allen. Drawing parallels to McDermott’s experience with tight ends in Philadelphia and Carolina, Kincaid’s emergence as a security blanket over the middle of the defense adds value to the team.
Amidst offensive adjustments, Kincaid’s contributions have become increasingly integral, showcasing the promising trajectory of the rookie tight end in the Bills’ lineup.