Bills’ Sean McDermott explains scratching returners, Isaiah McKenzie responds

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The Buffalo Bills made a very curious decision about 90 minutes before kickoff in their eventual 14-10 loss to the New England Patriots in Week 13.

The Bills (7-5) decided to make returners Isaiah McKenzie and rookie Marquez Stevenson healthy scratches. Neither suited up.

Instead, safety Micah Hyde took over returner duties.

Why? Trust, according to Buffalo head coach Sean McDermott.

“The same reason they turned it over on their punt return team. I didn’t want to do that,” McDermott said via video conference. “I wanted to put a guy back there that I trusted and was gonna make good decisions with the ball.”

McDermott was referencing a muffed punt by the Patriots (9-4) in the outing which helped setup Buffalo’s only touchdown. Wide receiver N’Keal Harry let the ball bounce and it hit him and the Bills’ punt team jumped on it.

But was that risk in personnel change worth it?

On Tuesday, McDermott went on to clarify. He said he remains confident in both McKenzie and Stevenson.

However, the damage might have already been done. To an extent, it looks like it.

McKenzie took to his social media account on Twitter and responded to a post that referenced his coach saying he trusted Hyde more. It was one word in length:

McDermott might need to do some damage control this week.

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