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
Kroft (lung) was activated off injured reserve Saturday.
Analysis: The veteran tight end missed the last five weeks after suffering a lacerated lung in the Week 9 loss to the Colts. Kroft had essentially been operating as the team's No. 2 tight end prior to the injury and he's expected to resume that role alongside nominal starter Ryan Griffin.
Dec 18, 2021 1:23 PM EST
Kroft (chest) has been designated to return from IR.
Analysis: The tight end sustained a chest injury during Week 9 action, but it looks as though he could be activated for Sunday's game against the Dolphins. Prior to suffering his injury, Kroft had logged 10 catches (on 15 yards) for 104 yards and a touchdown in six games, a rate of production that restricts his fantasy utility to deeper formats.
Dec 15, 2021 9:40 AM EST
Jets head coach Robert Saleh said he expects Kroft (lung) to return from injured reserve in advance of Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Andy Vasquez of The Bergen Record reports.
Analysis: New York has yet to designate Kroft for return from IR since he was deactivated Nov. 9, so getting back on the practice field at some point Wednesday through Friday will be the first order of business for the 29-year-old if he hopes to suit up this weekend. If Kroft proves to New York's coaching and training staff that he's made a full recovery from his lung laceration, he'll likely be on the short end of a timeshare at tight end with Ryan Griffin.
Dec 13, 2021 3:22 PM EST
New York placed Kroft (chest) on injured reserve Tuesday, Ethan Greenberg of the Jets' official site reports.
Analysis: As a result of the transaction, Kroft will be sidelined for at least the Jets' next three games, making the team's Week 13 matchup with the Eagles on Dec. 5 his earliest possible return date. Before sustaining a lung laceration in last week's loss to the Colts, Kroft had appeared in six games and tallied 10 receptions for 104 yards and a touchdown on 15 targets. While Kroft is sidelined, Ryan Griffin is set to serve as the Jets' clear No. 1 tight end.
Nov 9, 2021 1:20 PM EST
Kroft is expected to be placed on IR after suffering a chest injury in Thursday's loss to the Colts, Eric Allen of the Jets' official site reports.
Analysis: With Kroft now on track to miss at least three games, Ryan Griffin -- who logged a 4/28/1 stat line Thursday -- and Trevon Wesco (two catches for 16 yards) are in line to head the Jets' tight end corps in the meantime.
Nov 5, 2021 11:17 AM EST
Kroft has been ruled out of the remainder of Thursday's game against the Colts due to a chest injury.
Analysis: Kroft made a leaping catch late in the first half but left the game immediately after. There's no indication of what the exact injury is, but he will be sidelined after logging two receptions for 38 yards. Ryan Griffin and Trevon Wesco will serve as the team's primary tight ends in Kroft's absence.
Nov 4, 2021 7:05 PM EST
Kroft (back) caught both of his targets for 20 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 34-31 win over the Bengals.
Analysis: Kroft was quiet for most of the game in his first action since Week 4, but he stepped up when it mattered most, securing the game-winning 13-yard touchdown with 3:45 remaining. The 29-year-old tight end had scored eight of his previous 12 career touchdowns for the Bengals, and his first as a Jet helped his new team pull off a shocking upset over his former squad.
Nov 1, 2021 11:43 AM EST
Kroft (back) is active for Sunday's game against the Bengals, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports.
Analysis: A full practice Friday suggested Kroft would suit up for the first time since Week 4. He played 66 percent of the Jets' offensive snaps over the first four weeks of the season, but caught just six passes for 46 yards on 10 targets. Ryan Griffin hasn't been much better in Kroft's absence, catching exactly one pass in four straight games.
Oct 31, 2021 8:37 AM EST
Kroft (back) upgraded to full practice participation Friday but is still listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bengals, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Kroft hasn't seen the field since Week 4 while tending to a back injury, but his full practice participation Friday suggests he's trending in the right direction after being limited Wednesday and Thursday. If he's able to suit up Sunday, Kroft will face a Bengals team with which he spent his first four seasons. That stint in Cincinnati included a career-best 2017 campaign in which Kroft scored seven touchdowns, but the 29-year-old tight end has just five touchdowns in his other six seasons combined.
Oct 29, 2021 12:42 PM EST
Kroft (back) was listed as a limited participant for the Jets' practice Wednesday, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Kroft has yet to play since Week 4, where he suffered a back injury in a practice after their win. With the tight end returning to practice in some capacity this week, there's optimism Kroft will be able to return for the Jets' Week 8 battle with the Bengals. Expect Ryan Griffin to continue to serve as the primary tight end for the Jets until Kroft is fully healthy.
Oct 27, 2021 6:34 PM EST
Korft (back) won't play in Sunday's game against the Patriots, Rich Cimini of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Kroft was unable to practice at all this week, suggesting he's not particularly close to returning. He hasn't seen the field since Week 4, leaving the Jets bereft of talent at tight end, with Ryan Griffin occupying the top spot on the depth chart.
Oct 22, 2021 1:19 PM EST
Kroft (back) won't practice Wednesday, Ethan B. Greenberg of the Jets' official site reports.
Analysis: Even after the team's bye week, Kroft isn't ready to practice, which clouds the tight end's status for Sunday's game against the Patriots. If Kroft remains out or limited this weekend, Ryan Griffin and Trevon Wesco would be in line for expanded roles in Week 7, though with Kroft sidelined in Week 5 versus Atlanta, Griffin logged a 91 percent snap share and recorded just one catch on two targets for four yards, while Wesco was out there for 24 snaps and saw zero targets.
Oct 20, 2021 9:37 AM EST
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