Kroft hauled in his only target for 16 yards during Sunday's 31-21 loss to the Panthers. It was another quiet outing for Kroft, who was on the field for just 32 percent of the team's offensive snaps. Meanwhile, fellow tight ends Tyler Eifert and C.J. Uzomah both played over 50 percent of the snaps and were more involved in the passing game. Through three games, Kroft has four receptions for 36 yards and no touchdowns.
Kroft had two catches for 11 yards in the Bengals' win over the Ravens on Thursday. On the bright side, Kroft doubled his snap count from 17 to 34. On the increasingly dour side, he was in there to block on many of those snaps, and third-string tight end C.J. Uzomah was more active in the passing game. Kroft is waiver bait unless and until Tyler Eifert gets hurt again.
Kroft had just one catch for nine yards on his only target in Sunday's win over the Colts. With Tyler Eifert on the field, Kroft saw just 17 offensive snaps against the Colts. This might not be an anomaly either. Eifert is clearly the top tight end option on the team when healthy, and the Bengals now have three viable wideouts.
Kroft (undisclosed) returned healthy for training camp, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports. Kroft was held out of June minicamp but never seemed to be in much danger of missing the start of training camp. He figures to get most of the first-team reps until Tyler Eifert (back) is removed from the PUP list. Given Eifert's lengthy injury history, there's a decent chance Kroft will have an opportunity to build on his breakout 2017 campaign.
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.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|7||10/21||@Kansas City Chiefs||31||12.33|
|8||10/28||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||29||12.00|
|10||11/11||New Orleans Saints||9||4.67|
|14||12/09||@Los Angeles Chargers||1||2.00|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||29||21||208||3||11||9.90||38|