Tyler Kroft will most likely be the No. 2 tight end for Buffalo this season behind Dawson Knox, but he has minimal Fantasy value in that role. He also has to hold off Tommy Sweeney for the No. 2 job as well. Kroft had an injury-plagued year in 2019 for Buffalo, and he restructered his contract to stay with the Bills. But even if he somehow managed to leap frog Knox on the depth chart, he would not be worth drafting in most Fantasy leagues. G
Kroft and the Bills have come to a mutual agreement to restructure his contract, Nick Shook of NFL.com reports. Kroft's salary for 2020 is now $4 million with $3.4 million in full guarantees, and he'll become a free agent in 2021 rather than 2022. Shortening the length of his contract by a year while adding guarantees serves as a hint that Kroft, who logged just six catches for 71 yards and a touchdown during his injury-plagued 2019 campaign, will utilize the 2020 season as a "prove-it" audition. He stands to spend the offseason competing for Buffalo's top tight end spot with Dawson Knox.
Kroft finished his first season with the Bills with just six catches on 14 targets for 71 yards and one touchdown over 11 regular-season games. Kroft suffered a broken foot in his very first practice with the Bills, then added an ankle injury on top of it as he was close to a return to action. He ended up playing the last 11 games plus the playoff loss, but by then he'd lost any chance to feel comfortable in the offense with everyone else long up to speed. Kroft went over 14 receiving yards just once and had zero or one catches in 11 of his 12 games played, counting the postseason. With rookies Dawson Knox and Tommy Sweeney coming along quicker than many originally thought, there's a small chance Kroft could get cut this offseason if the Bills want to use money elsewhere. More likely, everyone will chalk it up to an injury-marred season and he'll spend the summer competing with Knox for the starter's job in 2020.
Kroft was unable to haul in his lone target of Sunday's 24-17 loss to the Patriots. Sunday's production could have been quite different as Josh Allen targeted him near the Patriots' goal line just before halftime. The two couldn't link up and Allen looked to Dion Dawkins on a trick play on the next snap. Kroft has been targeted multiple times in just one game this season and three of his 10 have been in the red zone. He hasn't produced much, but he may get a slight uptick in usage Sunday against the Jets, as the Bills are locked in as the AFC's fifth seed win, lose or draw.
Kroft caught his only target for a 14-yard touchdown during Sunday's win over Pittsburgh. Kroft certainly picks his spots for Bills fans, as his last two touchdowns came with the Bengals in 2017 in an upset win at Baltimore that allowed the Bills to sneak into the playoffs. Sunday against the Steelers, his TD provided the winning points in a win that pushed the 2019 Bills into the postseason. That's about the extent of it for Kroft. While he may be a nice red-zone threat now that he finally seems healthy, he's caught more than one pass or seen more than 50 percent of the offensive snap share in just one game this season. Even with Sunday's big catch, Kroft only saw 29 percent of the Week 15 action compared to Dawson Knox's 48 percent.
Kroft was unable to bring in his only target during Sunday's 24-17 loss to Baltimore. Kroft has now been held catchless in back-to-back weeks. The veteran tight end had his lone multi-target game of the season in Week 8 and has since seen all of three targets resulting in only 20 yards, in large part due to the emergence of rookie Dawson Knox. Kroft will be challenged to do much better down the stretch as the Bills wrap up with teams that are all average or better against the pass, starting Sunday against the Steelers fifth-ranked pass defense.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/13||New York Jets||4||5.13|
|3||09/27||Los Angeles Rams||20||7.25|
|4||10/04||@Las Vegas Raiders||30||8.75|
|6||10/16||Kansas City Chiefs||21||7.32|
|7||10/25||@New York Jets||4||5.13|
|8||11/01||New England Patriots||12||6.35|
|12||11/29||Los Angeles Chargers||11||6.25|
|13||12/08||@San Francisco 49ers||6||5.42|
|16||12/29||@New England Patriots||12||6.35|
|3 Year Avg||27||17||170||3||11||10.00||35|