Croom finished the 2018 season with 22 catches on 35 targets for 259 yards and one touchdown in 15 games.
While that wasn't exactly setting the world on fire, Croom did top starter Charles Clay and fellow backup tight end Logan Thomas in catches, yards and touchdowns. Clay has a better chance of being let go vs. sticking with the team for one more high-priced season, so more opportunity could open up for Croom. However, the Bills have tons of cap room and extra draft picks, so the odds are good they'll be bolstering the tight end position this offseason, perhaps as a high priority after years of lackluster play. Most likely, Croom -- a former wide receiver in college at Tennessee who's still learning how to play tight end as a pro -- will get chance to compete for a No. 1 or No. 2 spot in 2019, but it'd be a surprise if he ended up as a clear-cut No. 1 starter.
Croom caught four of six targets for 55 yards and lost a fumble in Sunday's 24-12 loss to New England.
Croom was Buffalo's second-leading receiver behind Zay Jones, who benefited from a meaningless 31-yard touchdown with 1:08 remaining. Buffalo's new starting tight end is unlikely to gain much relevance at the position considering this is his first time exceeding 36 yards, but desperate deep-leaguers could do worse than Croom against the Dolphins in Week 17.
Croom is listed as the starting tight end Sunday against New England, as Charles Clay will be a healthy scratch for the matchup.
Croom will join Logan Thomas as the only active tight ends on the roster, which according to Joe Buscaglia of WKBW.com, had apparently been something in the works for some time. Neither is particularly encouraging from a fantasy perspective, however. Croom has the lone touchdown of the duo and more total receiving yards on the year, but the pair has surpassed 40 yards through the air in a single game just once this season (Thomas back in Week 9).
Croom (groin) practiced in full Wednesday.
Croom was unable to practice at all and ultimately didn't play Week 14 against the Dolphins. Starting the week with a full practice is a good sign, but it could still be important to check his status to make sure he doesn't aggravate an injury later in the week.
Croom (groin) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Jets.
Listed as doubtful heading into the weekend after failing to practice this week, Croom's unavailability hardly comes a surprise. With the Tennessee product sitting out, Logan Thomas checks in as the clear No. 2 tight end behind starter Charles Clay.
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