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 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 while Tyler Eifert (back) until 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.
The Bengals are less confident about Tyler Eifert, who also was held out of minicamp while continuing his rehab from last year's back surgery. Kroft proved to be a competent replacement for his oft-injured teammate, scoring seven touchdowns and averaging 56 snaps per game after Eifert suffered his 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 20s, Kroft could reprise the 2017 red-zone workload and snap count if Eifert can't get/stay healthy.
Kroft had six receptions for 53 yards and a pair of touchdowns in Sunday's 31-27 win over the Ravens.
Kroft exploded in the first half with five catches for 50 yards and both touchdowns, but fell silent in the second half with the rest of the Bengals offense. It's the first time since Week 9 the 25-year-old had more than 30 receiving yards and was his first touchdown since Week 12. The return of Tyler Eifert (back) in 2018 should limit Kroft's fantasy potential as he heads into the final year of his rookie contract.
|3||9/23/18||@ CAR||1:00 pm|
|4||9/30/18||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|7||10/21/18||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 9|
|11||11/18/18||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ LAC||4:05 pm|
|16||12/23/18||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ PIT||1:00 pm|