Kroft missed mandatory minicamp due to an undisclosed issue but is expected to return healthy for the start of training camp, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.

The Bengals are less confident about the health of Tyler Eifert, who also was held out of minicamp while continuing his rehab from the back surgery he required in 2017. Kroft proved to be a competent replacement for his oft-injured teammate, scoring seven touchdowns and averaging 56 snaps per game after Eifert suffered the season-ending injury Week 2. Kroft's career marks for yards per catch (9.9) and yards per target (7.1) don't compare to Eifert's, but the 2015 third-round pick at least proved useful near the goal line. While still a long shot to ever become one of Andy Dalton's favorite targets between the 20-yard lines, Kroft could reprise last season's red-zone workload and snap count if Eifert can't get healthy or stay on the field.

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