|Ht / Wt:||6'5" / 246 lb.|
|Born:||February 28, 1994|
|Drafted:||2017 / UDFA|
Croom (hamstring) hasn't participated in minicamp practices yet this week,Joe Buscaglia of WKBW.com reports.
Analysis: The Bills haven't indicated this is anything serious. While missed practice time this time of year isn't normally a huge concern, Croom's role for Week 1 could go from anywhere to starting tight end (Tyler Kroft has a broken foot) to not even making the team, so his participation and performance this summer is crucial toward his future.
Croom (hamstring) did not participate in the first day of mandatory minicamp Tuesday, Sal Capaccio of WGR Sports Radio 550 Buffalo reports.
Analysis: Croom was held out of OTAs due to a hamstring injury, and he remains on the sideline for the start of the Bills' minicamp. The severity of Croom's injury is still unknown, but the tight end has not been able to take the practice field in a week. He should continue to be viewed as day-to-day until the team can provide an update on his status.
Croom did not participate in OTAs on Tuesday due to a hamstring injury, Sal Capaccio of WGR Sports Radio 550 Buffalo reports.
Analysis: The severity or nature of Croom's injury are unknown, so it's unclear how long he will be sidelined for. Croom is currently fighting for a spot on the Bills' final roster after the team acquired several tight ends over the last couple of months, and with Tyler Kroft (foot) out at least three months, a window had opened for Croom to make his presence felt this summer.
Croom's teammate Tyler Kroft broke his foot during Monday's OTA session and will be sidelined for 3-to-4 months following surgery.
Analysis: Croom actually entered the offseason as the Bills' top tight end, though you could also say he was the only tight end under contract. Then the Bills beefed up their corps by signing Kroft and Lee Smith in free agency, while drafting Dawson Knox in the third round. That may have bumped Croom -- who finished 2018 with a 22/259/1 line -- all the way to fourth, though with Kroft's injury being a significant one he'll have a chance to stake his claim toward meaningful playing time, or at the very least a roster spot.
Croom likely needs to battle for a roster spot this summer, Mike Rodak of ESPN.com
Analysis: Charles Clay signed with Arizona after he was released in February, but the Bills have since added Tyler Kroft, Lee Smith, Jake Fisher, third-round pick Dawson Knox and seventh-round pick Tommy Sweeney. Given the resources invested in each player, it's safe to assume the 53-man roster will include Kroft, Knox and probably Smith, potentially leaving the other three players to compete for a single spot. The 25-year-old Croom showed some potential as a pass catcher last season, bringing in 22 of 35 targets for 259 yards (7.4 YPT) and a touchdown in 15 games, including three starts late in the year. He went undrafted in 2017 and spent part of his rookie season on Buffalo's practice squad.
Croom, who had been the only remaining tight end under contract, will now have competition for the starting job after the Bills landed Tyler Kroft in free agency.
Analysis: Kroft, even though he's being handsomely compensated, also doesn't have the pedigree to simply run away with the competition (he had a 42-404-7 season in 2017 surrounded by three other pro seasons with very limited production) , but this is obviously a severe hit to Croom's 2019 value. The Bills do like Croom's upside, as he's still learning the position after being a wideout at Tennessee in college, but at best he'll be allowed to compete for the starting job. And there's still a chance the Bills could draft a tight end early come April's draft.
The Bills released Charles Clay on Friday, leaving Croom as the team's only tight end currently under contract.
Analysis: Logan Thomas is a restricted free agent and could be brought back, while the Bills have a ton of cap room this offseason and a slew of draft picks to invest in tight end. While there will certainly be competition coming in, Croom -- who caught 22 balls on 35 targets for 259 yards and one touchdown in 2018 (15 games) -- is clearly going to get a chance to piggyback off a somewhat successful first pro season. While Croom has yet to wow, the upside is there as a former wide receiver still learning the ins and outs of the position.
Croom finished the 2018 season with 22 catches on 35 targets for 259 yards and one touchdown in 15 games.
Analysis: 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 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.
Analysis: 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.
Analysis: 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.
Analysis: 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.
Analysis: 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.
Croom (groin) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Jets.
Analysis: Croom hasn't practiced in any capacity this week after failing to draw a target on 25 snaps in Sunday's 21-17 loss to the Dolphins. The Bills are left with Charles Clay and Logan Thomas as their only healthy tight ends.
Croom (groin) did not participate in Thursday's practice for the second straight day, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
Analysis: Croom got the nod over fellow backup tight end Logan Thomas (a healthy scratch) last week, so we imagine the team would just flip that scenario if Croom can't rally and practice Friday.
Croom (groin) won't practice Wednesday, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
Analysis: Since the Bills' Week 11 bye, Croom has caught two passes for 16 yards off three targets. Fellow tight end Charles Clay missed two games due to a hamstring injury, but has since recovered and helped provide depth for the Bills at tight end. Croom's practice statuses throughout the week should paint a better picture of whether he'll be good to go Sunday.
Croom caught two of three targets for 16 yards during Sunday's win over Jacksonville.
Analysis: Charles Clay (hamstring) couldn't play in the contest, so Croom and Logan Thomas split the starting role almost right down the middle, with Croom seeing 29 offensive snaps to Thomas' (no catches, one target) 31. Clay seems ready to return in the next game or two, so the limited window Croom had to do anything noteworthy is about to pass.
Croom is listed as the projected starter at tight end in advance of the Week 12 matchup against Jacksonville.
Analysis: With Charles Clay (hamstring) once again landing on the inactive list, it will be up to Croom and fellow tight end Logan Thomas to fill the void. This was the same situation in Week 10 against the Jets prior to the team's bye, and while Croom logged a season-high 44 offensive snaps, he was not targeted a single time in the passing game. While Croom should see steady time on the field, there are likely other waiver wire options with more pass-catching upside.
Croom's teammate Charles Clay (hamstring) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against Jacksonville.
Analysis: That means Croom will likely share starter's time with Logan Thomas, though it's worth noting he didn't do much with the season-high 44 snaps he saw when Clay missed the last game, as Croom wasn't even targeted. You can find a better option, but Croom does have a good set of hands, so it'll be worth watching to see if the Bills involve him at least a little more in the passing game with rookie quarterback Josh Allen back at the helm this week.
Croom was on the field for 60 percent of the offensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Jets but was not targeted in the passing game.
Analysis: Croom's playing time went way up with Charles Clay shelved with a hamstring injury, but nothing much came of it even with the Bills having their biggest offensive day of the season. The Bills are taking a good look at many of their younger players in what's turned out to be a rebuilding season, so Croom will continue to have a small role even if Clay returns to action following the team's Week 11 bye. That role won't yield more than a few sprinkled catches, however.
Croom and Logan Thomas will share tight end duties Sunday against the Jets with Charles Clay (hamstring) out of the lineup, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
Analysis: Clay's practice reps have been impacted from time to time this season, but the veteran TE still suited up in each of the Bills' first nine contests before his current bout with a hamstring injury. Before Clay was knocked from this past Sunday's loss to the Bears, Croom and Thomas earned regular snaps, a number that increased to season-highs (42 and 47 on offense, respectively) in that contest. Croom himself caught three of five passes for 36 yards working with Nathan Peterman, so his production could increase if Josh Allen (elbow) is cleared to play Sunday.
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