Kroft went without a target across 15 snaps on offense in Sunday's 35-7 win over the Buccaneers.
Analysis: After he was a healthy scratch for the 49ers' Week 12 game against the Saints, Kroft has suited up in the team's last two contests and has returned to the No. 2 role at tight end behind starter George Kittle. Kroft has played a quarter of the snaps on offense in both games, with his snap shares exceeding Charlie Woerner's (five percent in Week 13, 10 percent in Week 14). Meanwhile, Ross Dwelley has dropped to fourth on the depth chart at tight end and has been inactive for both of the past two games.
Dec 14, 2022 11:06 AM EST
Kroft (coach's decision) is inactive Sunday against the Chiefs.
Analysis: Kroft hasn't played since Week 2, but he was previously dealing with a knee injury. However, the veteran tight end was able to log full practices this week. Charlie Woerner and Ross Dwelley will continue to backup George Kittle.
Oct 23, 2022 12:24 PM EST
Kroft (knee) was a full participant in the 49ers' practice Wednesday, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Kroft sprained his MCL in Week 2 against Seattle. While he returned to practice in a limited fashion for the first time last Wednesday, the tight end was ultimately sidelined for the fourth consecutive game Sunday against Atlanta. Now, Kroft seems ready to make his full return heading into this Sunday's contest versus the Chiefs. The 29-year-old has caught one of his two targets for nine yards this season, and he'll likely slot in alongside fellow backups Ross Dwelley and Charlie Woerner.
Oct 19, 2022 8:46 PM EST
Kroft (knee) is out Sunday against the Falcons, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Kroft hasn't played since Week 2 with the injury. He'll work to return in Week 6 against the Chiefs.
Oct 16, 2022 8:56 AM EST
Kroft (knee) is questionable for Sunday's contest against the Falcons, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Kroft is listed as questionable for the first time since suffering an MCL sprain during Week 2. Even if he's deemed available, it's possible the veteran tight end will be limited following a three-game absence.
Oct 14, 2022 11:37 AM EST
Kroft (knee) was a limited participant during Wednesday's practice, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Kroft suffered an MCL sprain during Week 2 and has remained sidelined since. His return to practice is an encouraging sign, but given his lengthy absence, the veteran tight end will likely need to log a few full practices in a row before he's cleared for game action.
Oct 12, 2022 11:41 AM EST
Coach Kyle Shanahan noted Monday that Kroft will miss a few weeks with an MCL sprain, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: Kroft's injury is a hit to the 49ers' depth at tight end, but it appears as though starter George Kittle (groin) is trending toward a return to action in Week 3. Also in the mix for complementary TE snaps once Kittle is back are Charlie Woernerand Ross Dwelley.
Sep 19, 2022 3:52 PM EST
Kroft has been ruled out for the remainder of Sunday's game against the Seahawks due to a knee injury, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: Kroft wasn't targeted to begin Sunday's matchup but sustained a knee injury that will keep him out for the rest of the game. His absence leaves the 49ers particularly shorthanded at tight end since George Kittle (groin) was unavailable for a second consecutive week. Ross Dwelley and Charlie Woerner could see increased looks to close out the game against Seattle.
Sep 18, 2022 3:46 PM EST
Kroft caught one of two targets for nine yards in Sunday's 19-10 loss to the Chicago.
Analysis: With star tight end George Kittle (groin) unable to suit up, Kroft got the start and led all tight ends with 37 offensive snaps (68 total available). The 29-year-old spent most of his time blocking, and the same should be expected if Kittle can't go against the Seahawks next Sunday.
Sep 12, 2022 2:53 PM EST
Kroft was spotted warming up with the 49ers' first-team offense and is expected to start at tight end Sunday against the Bears, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: With top tight end George Kittle (groin) sidelined for the season opener, Kroft looks to be first in line to replace him in the lineup. Even if Kroft ends up getting the start, don't count on him handling as large of a snap share as Kittle does, nor should Kroft be expected to approach the 6.7 targets per game that Kittle averaged during the 2021 regular season. Charlie Woerner and Ross Dwelley are also active for the contest and could rotate in at tight end with Kroft.
Sep 11, 2022 9:36 AM EST
The 49ers re-signed Kroft on Wednesday, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: As expected, Kroft has been brought back after being released ahead of Tuesday's 53-man roster deadline. The veteran tight end caught three passes for 42 yards during the preseason and figures to operate as the primary backup to George Kittle in 2022.
Aug 31, 2022 2:51 PM EST
The 49ers released Kroft on Tuesday but plan to re-sign him Wednesday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: Kroft joined the 49ers on a one-year deal in May and totaled three receptions for 42 yards during the preseason. While he was let go Tuesday, he should rejoin San Francisco on Wednesday after the team places some players on injured reserve.
Aug 30, 2022 7:03 PM EST
The 49ers signed Kroft to a one-year contract Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Kroft joins San Francisco as a depth option behind lead tight end George Kittle. The 29-year-old has suited up for the Bengals, Bills and Jets in his NFL career. He hasn't logged a season with 200 receiving yards since 2017, when he put up a 42-404-7 line across 16 games in Cincinnati.
May 23, 2022 7:20 AM EST
Kroft caught 16 of 25 targets for 173 yards and a touchdown over nine appearances in 2021.
Analysis: Kroft missed time due to a back injury and lung laceration, but he split top tight end duties with Ryan Griffin when healthy and actually ended up finishing with the second-highest receiving yardage total of his seven-year NFL career. Tight end is one of many positions the Jets will likely look to upgrade in the offseason, but it's unclear if bringing back Kroft -- who's an unrestricted free agent -- is part of the team's plan at the position.
Jan 14, 2022 12:20 PM EST
Kroft has been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Analysis: Kroft is in line to suit up Sunday against the Bills and should reclaim his role as the Jets' top tight end after Kenny Yeboah and Daniel Brown (hip) filled in for him in Week 17. Kroft checks back into the mix with a 15/168/1 stat line on 22 targets through eight games to date.
Jan 5, 2022 9:10 AM EST
Kroft remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Until Kroft and Ryan Griffin are able to clear the NFL's COVID protocols, Kenny Yeboah and Daniel Brown are the Jets' available tight end options, with neither profiling as a high-percentage fantasy option.
Jan 1, 2022 3:00 PM EST
Kroft has been added to the reserve/COVID-19 list, per the NFL's official transaction report.
Analysis: The Jets' tight ends corp is currently taxed due to injuries and COVID list additions, so look for the team to makes some moves in advance of Sunday's game against the Buccaneers. For now, Kroft will remain sidelined until he clears the NFL's COVID protocols.
Dec 27, 2021 3:35 PM EST
Kroft caught three of five targets for 29 yards in Sunday's 26-21 win over the Jaguars.
Analysis: With fellow tight end Ryan Griffin (knee) among the multitude of inured Jets pass-catchers, Kroft finished second behind Braxton Berrios in targets, catches and receiving yards. Kroft's among the top targets left for quarterback Zach Wilson by default heading into the team's Week 17 game against the Buccaneers, but the veteran tight end hasn't caught more than three passes in a game this season.
Dec 26, 2021 4:12 PM EST
Kroft will serve as the Jets' starting tight end Sunday against the Jaguars after Ryan Griffin (knee) was placed on season-ending injured reserve Tuesday, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports.
Analysis: Griffin moved to the reserve/COVID-19 list three days later, but regardless, he won't play again this season, paving the way for Kroft to operate as the Jets' clear top option at the position. Kroft returned from a five-game absence due to a lacerated lung and played 61 percent of the Jets' offensive snaps in the Week 15 loss to the Dolphins, finishing with two receptions for 35 yards on two targets. He could see his snap share and target count climb slightly with Griffin out of the mix, but likely not enough to make Kroft an appealing option in season-long leagues or DFS.
Dec 26, 2021 9:25 AM EST
Kroft (lung) caught both of his targets for 35 yards in Sunday's 31-24 loss to the Dolphins.
Analysis: Kroft returned to the field for the first time since suffering a lacerated lung in Week 9 against the Colts. His stat line was almost identical to that of fellow tight end Ryan Griffin, who caught both of his targets for 39 yards. Unfortunately for the Jets, the tight ends finished second and third on the team in receiving yards behind Jamison Crowder's 40. Kroft and Griffin should both see the field frequently in Week 16 against the Jaguars.
Dec 19, 2021 5:24 PM EST
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