Tyler Kroft

New York Jets
Tight End #81
New York Jets
Tight End #81

Tyler Kroft News

Makes strong early impression

Kroft worked with the No. 1 offense throughout the spring and could supplant Chris Herndon (hamstring) atop the depth chart at tight end, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports.

Analysis: Kroft had an uneventful two years with the Bills before latching on with the Jets in March, and he's had a strong showing throughout offseason work. Kroft caught 12 of 16 targets for 119 yards and three touchdowns over 10 games in 2020, and he's had trouble staying healthy in the past three seasons. Herndon is the assumed starter entering training camp, but he's endured his own struggles and picked up a hamstring injury during mandatory minicamp. If Kroft can stay healthy he may be able to push for the starting role in training camp.

Jun 29, 2021 2:29 PM EST

Joining forces with Jets

Kroft is signing a contract with the Jets, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports.

Analysis: The former Bills tight end will remain in the AFC East, where he stands to play a depth role with the Jets. Kroft only had a combined 190 receiving yards across two seasons in Buffalo, but he dealt with serious injuries in that span. A full offseason to get healthy could serve him well with his new team.

Mar 19, 2021 3:01 PM EST

Inactive Saturday

Kroft (coach's decision) is inactive for Saturday's playoff game against the Ravens.

Analysis: With Kroft inactive again Saturday, Dawson Knox will continue to work as the Bills' top tight end versus the Ravens, with Lee Smith and Reggie Gilliam available as reserve options.

Jan 16, 2021 4:02 PM EST

Not facing Colts

Kroft (coach's decision) is listed as inactive for Saturday's wild-card matchup against the Colts.

Analysis: After clearing the league's COVID-19 protocols, Kroft will not suit up for Saturday. Dawson Knox will continue to serve as the Bills' No. 1 tight end, with Lee Smith acting as his backup.

Jan 9, 2021 8:50 AM EST

Quick move off COVID-19 list

Kroft, who was placed on the COVID-19 list Saturday ahead of the Bills' Week 17 finale against the Dolphins, was activated off the list Monday, Dante Lustig of the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: Even though he cost a pretty penny in 2019 free agency, Kroft is a clear backup to Dawson Knox these days. However, he'll now be a depth option ahead of Saturday's playoff opener against the Colts.

Jan 4, 2021 9:06 AM EST

Heads to COVID-19 list

Kroft has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not play in the regular-season finale against the Dolphins, the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: While Kroft did suit up Monday against the Patriots, he's a clear reserve behind Dawson Knox and is often a healthy scratch these days, so this development doesn't change the fantasy landscape at all unless any of Kroft's teammates are deemed close contacts.

Jan 2, 2021 1:33 PM EST

Inactive again Saturday

Kroft (healthy scratch) is inactive for Saturday's game in Denver.

Analysis: Kroft has been a healthy scratch in four straight games since rejoining the active roster from the COVID-19 list. In his stead, Lee Smith will serve as the No. 2 tight end behind Dawson Knox.

Dec 19, 2020 12:21 PM EST

Out again Sunday

Kroft (coach's decision) is listed as inactive Sunday versus the Steelers.

Analysis: Since he sat out Week 10 due to being on the reserve/COVID-19 list as a high risk close contact, Kroft has been a healthy scratch for the three contests in which he's been back on the active roster. The Bills will go with Dawson Knox and Lee Smith at tight end Week 14.

Dec 13, 2020 3:55 PM EST

Not facing 49ers

Kroft is inactive (coach's decision) for Monday's game against the 49ers.

Analysis: Since going on the reserve/COVID-19 list between Nov. 14 and Nov. 19, the 28-year-old has been unable to re-establish himself in the lineup for Buffalo. He suited up for the Bills' first nine games of 2020 (with four starts), collecting 12 receptions, 119 yards and three receiving scores. Buffalo selected Dawson Knox and Lee Smith as its only active tight ends for Monday night.

Dec 7, 2020 3:53 PM EST

Healthy scratch Sunday

Kroft (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Chargers.

Analysis: The 27-year-old was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list during Buffalo's bye last week, but he's a healthy scratch for Week 12. It's a surprising development, as Kroft has operated as the team's secondary tight end all season when healthy. Lee Smith is the only other available tight end behind starter Dawson Knox.

Nov 29, 2020 8:54 AM EST

Cleared to return from COVID list

The Bills activated Kroft from the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday.

Analysis: Kroft ended up sitting out last week's loss to the Cardinals after being placed on the list Saturday due to being a close contact of cornerback Josh Norman, who tested positive for COVID-19. The tight end has since cleared all health-related protocols, and despite missing Wednesday's practice, he should be ready to go for Sunday's game against the Chargers. Expect Kroft to split work at his position with starter Dawson Knox.

Nov 19, 2020 11:05 AM EST

Placed on reserve/COVID list

Kroft will not play in Sunday's contest against the Cardinals due to close contact with teammate Josh Norman who has tested positive for COVID-19, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: This is unfortunate news for Kroft. He was expected to take on his usual role backing up Dawson Knox at tight end. As a result of this move, Lee Smith will likely replace him in that role. The Bills have a Week 11 bye, so his next chance to suit up will come in Week 12 versus the Chargers.

Nov 14, 2020 11:31 AM EST

One target in Week 8

Kroft caught his lone target for 11 yards in Sunday's 24-21 win over the Patriots.

Analysis: Kroft didn't see much volume as Buffalo went run-heavy on a windy day -- quarterback Josh Allen threw only 18 passes, and half of those went to Stefon Diggs. With fellow tight end Dawson Knox (illness/calf) still on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Kroft should continue to see the majority of playing time at tight end against the porous Seahawks secondary in Week 9.

Nov 4, 2020 11:39 AM EST

Best game of 2020

Kroft caught all four of his targets for 64 yards in Sunday's win at the Jets.

Analysis: 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.

Oct 27, 2020 10:40 AM EST

Abruptly forced into starting role

Kroft will start 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.

Analysis: 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. 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 to be eligible to play Sunday.

Oct 24, 2020 12:23 PM EST

Second straight start on tap

Kroft is expected to serve as the Bills' top tight end Sunday against the Jets with Dawson Knox (calf) ruled out for the contest.

Analysis: While Knox was sidelined for Weeks 3 and 6, Kroft played 74 of a possible 108 offensive snaps (68.5 percent), producing five receptions for 31 yards and two touchdowns across 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.

Oct 23, 2020 2:51 PM EST

Low influence in offense

Kroft caught one of two targets for just seven yards in Monday's loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: Kroft played 57 percent of the snaps, his second highest number of the season, with starter Dawson Knox out with a calf injury. That didn't translate into production, however, as Kroft was held to the one reception, the fifth time in six games this season he's been held to zero or one catches. Knox seems like a decent bet to sit out one more game, so perhaps Kroft can turn the potential temporary starting role into a TD catch -- he had two in Week 3 -- but you're simply not going to get much volume from him overall, whether or not Knox is in there.

Oct 21, 2020 9:47 PM EST

Finds pay dirt twice

Kroft caught four of five targets for 24 yards and two scores during Sunday's win over the Rams.

Analysis: The second TD was one of the bigger ones in recent memory for the Buffalo franchise, as the Bills prevented a huge meltdown against the Rams by coming back -- after blowing a 25-point lead -- to re-take the lead via a nice three-yard touch pass from josh Allen to Kroft with 15 seconds left. Kroft's value is truly tied to the status of starter Dawson Knox, who missed Sunday's game due to a concussion.

Sep 27, 2020 10:30 PM EST

Set for Week 3 start

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.

Analysis: 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's 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.

Sep 25, 2020 10:12 AM EST

Empty stat line

Kroft did not receive a target for the second straight week during Sunday's win over Miami.

Analysis: Kroft has been a bust free-agent signing for the team, at least in terms of offensive production, as he's only caught more than one pass in a game one 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 contest 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.

Sep 21, 2020 9:19 PM EST

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