Kroft had already impressed in his three-game run in a starting role with 13 catches for 134 yards and two touchdowns, and now he'll receive the opportunity to show the Bengals that he could be a long-term answer at the position. Though Eifert has been incredibly effective when healthy during his four NFL seasons, health issues have limited his reliability and could make the Bengals reluctant to re-sign him when he becomes a free agent this offseason. Kroft's continued success amid Eifert's absence would likely go a long way toward determining how the Bengals address the position in the offseason. With his snap count now seemingly secure for the rest of the season, Kroft may be worth a pickup in leagues where he's still available.
Kroft caught four of five targets for 38 yards in Sunday's 20-16 win over Buffalo.
It wasn't the field day that Kroft had against Cleveland in Week 4, but the third-year tight end caught at least three passes for the third consecutive week. It's hard to jump on Kroft's bandwagon when Tyler Eifert, so productive when healthy, is on the mend. At the same time, it's fair to wonder if, frustrated by Eifert's injury history, the Bengals are looking to move forward with their former third-round pick, Kroft. Expect the picture to become clearer in Week 7 after the Bengals' bye.
Kroft (neck, knee) was removed from the final injury report for Sunday's game against the Bills.
With Tyler Eifert (back) ruled out for the third straight week, Kroft is in line for another start at tight end, coming off a 68-yard, two-score performance Week 4 against the Browns. He figures to once again play the vast majority of offensive snaps, but production will be tougher to come by against a Buffalo defense that ranks second in the league in opponent passer rating (63.1).
Kroft (neck/knee) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Meanwhile, top tight end Tyler Eifert (back) was held out of practice for the second straight day and appears to be trending toward missing another game Sunday against the Bills, paving the way for Kroft to make another start. Kroft might still be a little banged up after the pair of injuries limited his involvement in Wednesday's practice, but it shouldn't affect his snap share in the Week 5 contest. Kroft popped up on the fantasy radar with a huge performance in the Week 4 win over the Browns, hauling in six of seven targets for 68 yards and two touchdowns.
Kroft was limited at Wednesday's practice with knee and neck injuries, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Kroft apparently got a bit banged up during the best game of his young career, though his ability to log a limited practice suggests neither injury is serious. Meanwhile, starting tight end Tyler Eifert (back) still isn't practicing, which sets up Kroft to make a third consecutive start Sunday against Buffalo.
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