|Ht / Wt:||6'5" / 246 lb.|
|Born:||October 15, 1992|
|Drafted:||2015 / Rd. 3 (85)|
Kroft is in good position to log a productive 2020 campaign with the Bills, Maddy Glab of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Kroft is coming off an injury-plagued 2019 campaign, in which he had just six catches for 71 yards and a touchdown across 11 games. Now fully recovered from the broken foot that caused him to sit out the first seven weeks of 2019, and having agreed to restructure his contract in order to remain with Buffalo, the 27-year-old should have real opportunities to compete with Dawson Knox for starting snaps in training camp. Kroft showcased solid receiving capabilities with the Bengals back in 2017, when he accumulated 42 catches for 404 yards and seven scores while playing a full 16-game slate.
Kroft and the Bills have come to a mutual agreement to restructure his contract, Nick Shook of NFL.com reports.
Analysis: Kroft's salary for 2020 is now $4 million with $3.4 million in full guarantees, and he'll become a free agent in 2021 rather than 2022. Shortening the length of his contract by a year while adding guarantees serves as a hint that Kroft, who logged just six catches for 71 yards and a touchdown during his injury-plagued 2019 campaign, will utilize the 2020 season as a "prove-it" audition. He stands to spend the offseason competing for Buffalo's top tight end spot with Dawson Knox.
Kroft finished his first season with the Bills with just six catches on 14 targets for 71 yards and one touchdown over 11 regular-season games.
Analysis: Kroft suffered a broken foot in his very first practice with the Bills, then added an ankle injury on top of it as he was close to a return to action. He ended up playing the last 11 games plus the playoff loss, but by then he'd lost any chance to feel comfortable in the offense with everyone else long up to speed. Kroft went over 14 receiving yards just once and had zero or one catches in 11 of his 12 games played, counting the postseason. With rookies Dawson Knox and Tommy Sweeney coming along quicker than many originally thought, there's a small chance Kroft could get cut this offseason if the Bills want to use money elsewhere. More likely, everyone will chalk it up to an injury-marred season and he'll spend the summer competing with Knox for the starter's job in 2020.
Kroft was unable to haul in his lone target of Sunday's 24-17 loss to the Patriots.
Analysis: Sunday's production could have been quite different as Josh Allen targeted him near the Patriots' goal line just before half time. The two couldn't link up and Allen looked to Dion Dawkins on a trick play on the next snap. Kroft has been targeted multiple times in just one game this season and three of his 10 have been in the red zone. He hasn't produced much, but may get a slight uptick in usage Sunday against the Jets as the Bills are locked in as the AFC's fifth seed win lose or draw.
Kroft caught his only target for a 14-yard touchdown during Sunday's win over Pittsburgh.
Analysis: Kroft certainly picks his spots for Bills fans, as his last two touchdowns came with the Bengals in 2017 in an upset win at Baltimore that allowed the Bills to sneak into the playoffs. Sunday against the Steelers, his TD provided the winning points in a win that pushed the 2019 Bills into the postseason. That's about the extent of it for Kroft. While he may be a nice red-zone threat now that he finally seems healthy, he's caught more than one pass or seen more than 50 percent f the offensive snap share in just one game this season. Even with Sunday's big catch, Kroft only saw 29 percent of the Week 15 action compared to Dawson Knox's 48 percent.
Kroft was unable to bring in his only target of Sunday's 24-17 loss to Baltimore.
Analysis: Kroft has now been held catchless in back-to-back weeks. The Rutgers product had his lone multi-target game of the season in Week 8 and has since seen all of three targets resulting in 20-yards worth of catches. He'll be challenged to do much better down the stretch as the Bills wrap up with teams all average or better against the pass, starting Sunday against the Steelers sixth-ranked pass defense.
Kroft caught his only target for 14 yards during Sunday's win over the Broncos.
Analysis: Fellow tight end Dawson Knox wasn't involved much in the passing game either (two catches, 11 yards), but the disparity was there once again in snap count, with Kroft seeing 31 percent of the offensive snaps to Knox's 78 percent. Kroft's season was mostly washed away due to injury, and with Knox playing so well as a rookie, the former is simply not of much value to fantasy teams for 2019 play.
Kroft caught his lone target, a six-yard gain, during Sunday's 37-20 win over Miami.
Analysis: Sunday's catch snapped a two-game catchless streak for Kroft and represented his first red-zone target of the season. The Rutgers product isn't lacking for time on the field, picking up at least 24 offensive snaps in four of the five games he's played in this season, but he just seems to be an afterthought in the passing attack with just one game with multiple targets. It's hard to imagine that there wouldn't be plenty of better options Sunday, especially with Kroft taking on Denver's fifth-ranked pass defense.
Kroft (ankle) practiced fully Friday for the third straight day and does not have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.
Analysis: After missing the first five games, it looks like the Bills will finally get their starting tight end back, but with so much time missed there's a good chance he'll start out by sharing time as a receiving option with rookies Dawson Knox and Tommy Sweeney, both of whom have been effective in Kroft's absence.
Kroft (ankle) practiced on a full basis for the second straight day Thursday.
Analysis: It looks like the Bills' big free-agent signee is finally ready to make his team debut this week against the Dolphins. If that does come to fruition, we still have no idea what type of workload Kroft is ready for, so the main immediate fantasy implication is that he'll start cluttering up the targets for rookies Dawson Knox and Tommy Sweeney.
Kroft (ankle) is practicing fully Wednesday, Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Coming out of a bye week, Kroft appears ready to make his Bills debut Sunday against the Dolphins. He recovered from offseason foot surgery in time for Week 3, but then sprained the ankle on his other leg during practice. With rookie Dawson Knox making a strong impression, it isn't quite clear how Kroft will fit in with the Buffalo passing attack, though a three-year, $18.75 million contract suggests he'll at least get some snaps.
Kroft (ankle) is listed as out for Sunday's game against the Titans.
Analysis: Kroft's continued absence comes as little surprise after he was unable to practice in any capacity Wednesday through Friday. The veteran should benefit from a Week 6 bye, leaving the door open for him to potentially make his season debut Oct. 20 versus Miami.
Kroft (ankle) didn't participate in Thursday's practice, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
Analysis: Kroft's inactive statuses for the Bills' first two games was attributed to a broken right foot, but it's a balky left ankle that has forced absences the past two weeks. His inability to resume practicing Wednesday or Thursday suggests Kroft is trending toward sitting out again Sunday in Tennessee, clearing the way for rookie Dawson Knox to see the majority of the snaps at tight end.
Kroft (ankle) was unable to practice Wednesday, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
Analysis: Kroft was just about ready to return from a broken foot a few weeks ago, but then he suffered an unrelated ankle injury and hans't practiced since. It seems unlikely he'll return for this week's game in Tennessee, especially with rookie Dawson Knox playing so well and the team having a bye in Week 6 for Kroft to continue healing.
Kroft (ankle) has shed his walking boot, Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Kroft was unable to practice leading up to Sunday's loss to the Patriots, but this nugget offers hope that the tight end can get some on-field work in prior to the Bills' Week 5 tilt against the Titans.
Kroft (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Patriots, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
Analysis: This was inevitable after Kroft missed an entire week of practices. Dawson Knox will maintain the starting role for another week, while Kroft will set his sights on trying to practice ahead of the Week 5 matchup vs. the Titans.
Kroft (ankle) is not practicing again Friday, Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: That means the starting tight end will miss the entire week of practices after injuring his ankle last week while on the precipice of returning from a broken foot. Kroft is almost a certainty to be listed as out for Week 4 vs. the Patriots.
Kroft (ankle) didn't practice Thursday, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
Analysis: Kroft is looking pretty iffy for Sunday's game against the Patriots and if he's unable to play this weekend, fellow tight end Dawson Knox would be in line to continue to see added opportunities in the Bills' passing offense in Week 4.
Kroft (ankle) won't practice Wednesday, Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Kroft was gearing up to return from a broken right foot last week, only to sprain his left ankle during Thursday's practice. He was spotted with a walking boot Sunday, and his continued absence Wednesday suggests he could miss another game Week 4 against New England.
Kroft (left ankle) was spotted with a walking boot Sunday, Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Kroft, who had been bouncing back from a broken foot, injured his left ankle during Thursday's practice session, which clouds his status for next Sunday's game against the Patriots. In Kroft's absence, fellow tight end Dawson Knox hauled in three of his four targets for 67 yards and a TD in the Bills' 21-17 Week 3 triumph over the Bengals.
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