Kroft caught all four of his targets for 64 yards in Sunday's win at the Jets.
Kroft was thrust into a bigger-than-usual role when a COVID-19 issue swept through the Bills tight end room late last week -- the only reason he wasn't caught up in the virus scare was because he took a personal day to be with his newborn child. The new papa saw a season-high snap share of 78 percent and tied his season high in catches. While that's all a nice story, Kroft will revert back to his No. 2 role once starter Dawson Knox (calf) gets back at it.
Kroft is the only true tight end currently allowed to suit up for Sunday's game against the Jets after multiple Bills tight ends were placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, according to the team's official press release.
It's a unique situation as Kroft might be forced to play the entirety of Sunday's game with Dawson Knox, Tommy Sweeney, Lee Smith and practice squad tight end Nate Becker all placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. (Knox and Sweeney were not going to play anyway due to injury.) Kroft, who was attending the birth of his first child earlier in the week, was not in close proximity to Knox and therefore joins TE/FB Reggie Gilliam as the only Bills tight ends eligible to play Sunday.
Kroft is expected to serve as the Bills' top tight end Sunday against the Jets with Dawson Knox (calf) ruled out for the contest.
While Knox was sidelined for Weeks 3 and 6, Kroft played 74 of a possible 108 offensive snaps (68.5 percent) between the contests, producing five receptions for 31 yards and two touchdowns on seven targets. Kroft's 6-foot-6, 252-pound frame makes him an ideal target in the red zone, but even when guaranteed ample snaps, his fantasy floor remains fairly low if he's unable to find the end zone in a given week.
Kroft caught one of two targets for seven yards in Monday's 26-17 loss to the Chiefs.
Kroft played 57 percent of the offensive snaps -- his second-highest share of the season -- with top tight end Dawson Knox out with a calf injury. The increased reps didn't translate into production, however, as Kroft was held to one or zero receptions for the fifth time in six games this season. Knox seems like a decent bet to sit out one more game, so perhaps Kroft can turn the temporary starting role into a touchdown; he previously had two scores in Week 3.
Kroft caught four of five targets for 24 yards and two scores during Sunday's win over the Rams.
Kroft's second TD was one of the bigger ones in recent memory for the Buffalo franchise, as the 3-0 Bills prevented a huge meltdown against the Rams by coming back -- after blowing a 25-point lead -- to retake the lead via a nice three-yard touch pass from Josh Allen to Kroft with 15 seconds remaining. Kroft's value is truly tied to the status of starter Dawson Knox, who missed Sunday's game due to a concussion.
Kroft will serve as Buffalo's top tight end Sunday against the Rams with usual starter Dawson Knox (concussion) ruled out, Maddy Glab of the Bills' official site reports.
Kroft peaked in 2017 with 42 catches for 404 yards and seven touchdowns as a member of the Bengals. He only has six catches in 13 games since joining the Bills at the start of the 2019 season, however, so Kroft is unlikely to be a major part of the game plan. Still, his history of success in the red zone gives the 27-year-old tight end some appeal as a touchdown-dependent flier in deeper formats.
Kroft did not receive a target for the second straight week during Sunday's win over Miami.
Kroft has been a bust free-agent signing for the team since he came over from Cincinnati prior to the 2019 season, at least in terms of offensive production, as he's only caught more than one pass in a game a single time in 14 games as a Bill (including the postseason). If we're looking for good news, Kroft did see action on 31 offensive snaps, up from just four in Week 1. That's because starter Dawson Knox left the game with a concussion. If Knox can't get through the protocol in time for the Week 3 contest against the Rams, Kroft would be in line for more offensive snaps once again.
Kroft is back at practice Tuesday after missing Monday's session due to a foot injury, Sal Capaccio of WGR Sports Radio 550 Buffalo reports.
Kroft had his foot stepped on Sunday, but fortunately for him and the Bills, it wasn't anything structural or related to his past foot problems. He'll resume his quest to try earning as much playing time as he can get in a tight end corps that will probably be led by second-year man Dawson Knox.
Kroft had his foot stepped on during Sunday's practice and is missing Monday's session, Thad Brown of WROC in Rochester reports.
Normally this might not be a big deal, but Kroft has had major lower leg issues in the past. There's no word yet if this injury is to the same foot that caused Kroft to miss five games last season when he broke it in his first practice as a Bill. Kroft is battling second-year tight end Dawson Kroft for playing time.
Kroft is in good position to log a productive 2020 campaign with the Bills, Maddy Glab of the team's official site reports.
Kroft is coming off an injury-plagued 2019 campaign, in which he had just six catches for 71 yards and a touchdown across 11 games. Now fully recovered from the broken foot that caused him to sit out the first seven weeks of 2019, and having agreed to restructure his contract in order to remain with Buffalo, the 27-year-old should have real opportunities to compete with Dawson Knox for starting snaps in training camp. Kroft showcased solid receiving capabilities with the Bengals back in 2017, when he accumulated 42 catches for 404 yards and seven scores while playing a full 16-game slate. While a bounce-back season almost seems likely, it's difficult to envision Kroft entering elite TE territory, given that he plays in a run-oriented offense, will compete for looks with Knox all season, and at best would be the fourth or fifth option in the passing game.
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.
Kroft caught his only target for 14 yards during Sunday's win over the Broncos.
Fellow tight end Dawson Knox wasn't involved much in the passing game either (two catches, 11 yards), but the disparity was there once again in snap count, with Kroft seeing 31 percent of the offensive snaps to Knox's 78 percent. Kroft's season was mostly washed away due to injury, and with Knox playing so well as a rookie, the former is simply not of much value to fantasy teams for what remains of the season.
Kroft caught his lone target for a six-yard gain during Sunday's 37-20 win over Miami.
Sunday's grab snapped a two-game catchless streak for Kroft and represented his first red-zone target of the season. The Rutgers product isn't lacking for time on the field, picking up at least 24 offensive snaps in four of the five games in which he's played this season, but he just seems to be an afterthought in the passing attack, seeing multiple targets in only one game. Josh Allen should have plenty of better options Sunday and so should you, especially with Kroft facing Denver's fifth-ranked pass defense.
Kroft was not targeted in Sunday's loss to the Browns, though he was on the field for 43 percent of the offensive snaps.
Kroft appears to finally be over his foot and ankle issues, yet that doesn't mean he's fantasy worthy, as he's taken a back seat to rookie Dawson Knox, who seems to be a more athletic receiver than Kroft and has been working with the offense for months while the free-agent signee was rehabilitating moderately severe injuries. Knox saw 58 percent of the offensive snaps Sunday and caught four balls for 55 yards on six targets. Kroft can't really be considered the starter at this stage any longer.
Kroft failed to catch his only target in Buffalo's Week 9 win over Washington.
Kroft has been back on the field for three games since finally overcoming foot and ankle injuries, but he's only hauled in two passes total over those appearances. Moreover, he saw the field for only 26 percent of the offensive snaps in what was a close game for much of the afternoon, while rookie Dawson Knox was out there for 76 percent of the offense's plays. While Kroft may end up being a key part of the Bills' playoff push as he gets his sea legs back, he can be safely ignored in most fantasy circles for now.
Kroft caught two balls on four targets for 32 yards during Sunday's loss to the Eagles.
Both of Kroft's catches went for first downs on a nasty, windy day that made it tough for even the strong-armed Josh Allen and Carson Wentz to throw the ball. Kroft was on the field for 58 percent of the offensive plays, while rookie Dawson Knox saw 45 percent, blocker Lee Smith 32 percent, and Tommy Sweeney was inactive. Kroft didn't get a single target in his first game of the season last week, so the modest Week 8 production represents improved involvement in the offense. Still, this isn't an effective passing team and Kroft has to share looks with too many others to offer consistent value.
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