The Bills signed Tyler Kroft as a free agent from Cincinnati this offseason to bolster their tight end group, and he could open the season as the starter if healthy. He suffered a broken foot in May during OTAs, and his availability for Week 1 could be in doubt. The Bills also spent a third-round pick in the NFL Draft on rookie Dawson Knox and have Jason Croom and Lee Smith on the depth chart, although Smith is more of a blocker. If healthy, Kroft should start and be a primary weapon for Josh Allen. But Kroft will have to prove himself first before Fantasy players can trust him. He's not worth drafting in most leagues, and make sure he's healthy in training camp before considering him as a streaming option.
Kroft (foot) will be sidelined for 3-to-4 months following surgery, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. The Bills announced Tuesday that Kroft suffered another broken right foot during OTAs on Monday and that the injury requires surgery. With this timetable, Kroft will likely miss all of training camp and potentially the start of the regular season. Additionally, Kroft is now at risk of starting the season on the PUP list, but Buffalo has some time before that decision has to be made. Should Kroft have to miss any time, Lee Smith, who signed a three-year, $9 contract with the Bills just over a week ago would be in line to step in as the top option at tight end. Smith is more of a blocker, however, so more opportunities could open up for Jason Croom and rookie Dawson Knox.
Kroft suffered a broken foot during OTAs on Monday and will require surgery, Sal Capaccio of WGR Sports Radio 550 Buffalo reports. It's a tough break for Kroft and the Bills, as the 2015 third-round pick of the Bengals is (or was) expected be the team's top tight end this season after signing a three-year, $18.75 million contract back in March. This will also be the second straight year that Kroft has to undergo foot surgery, as he was placed on injured reserve in November of 2018 after undergoing a season-ending procedure on a fracture right foot. More on Kroft's recovery timetable should be released following surgery.
The Bills have agreed to terms with Kroft (foot), Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Per the report, Kroft's deal is for three years and worth $18.75 million. The 26-year-old was limited to four catches for 36 yards in five games this past season, but considering the terms of the 2015 third-rounder's deal, the Bills are banking on Kroft recovering fully from the foot injury that derailed his fourth year with the Bengals. When Kroft played a full slate in 2017, he hauled in 42 passes for 404 yards and seven TDs. He'll now slot in as Buffalo's top pass-catching option at tight end.
Kroft underwent season-ending foot surgery Friday and will be placed on injured reserve, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Kroft missed the Bengals' past four games due to a fractured right foot and had yet to resume practicing since suffering the injury. His limited progress prompted the Bengals to send him in for the procedure, making Kroft the team's fourth tight end to land on IR this season. Cincinnati signed linebacker Brandon Bell off its practice squad to take Kroft's spot on the 53-man roster.
Kroft (foot) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Ravens, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Kroft has yet to resume practicing since fracturing his right foot Oct. 7 against the Dolphins, so it comes as little surprise that he'll be sidelined for a fifth straight game. With Kroft out of the picture for another week, Matthew Lengel is expected to act as the top backup to starting tight end C.J. Uzomah, who has been handling the overwhelming share of the offensive snaps at the position for more than a month.
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|1||09/08||@New York Jets||6||4.88|
|2||09/15||@New York Giants||19||7.38|
|4||09/29||New England Patriots||18||7.37|
|16||12/22||@New England Patriots||18||7.37|
|17||12/29||New York Jets||6||4.88|
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