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
The Jets ruled out Kroft (back) for Sunday's game against the Falcons in London, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Kroft was among three Jets that won't back the trip across the pond. With a back injury in tow and no practice so far this week, he'll be sidelined for the first time this season. In Kroft's stead, Ryan Griffin should be New York's primary tight end Sunday, while Trevon Wesco and Daniel Brown are candidates for elevated roles.
Oct 7, 2021 5:15 PM EST
Kroft (back) won't practice Wednesday, Ethan B. Greenberg of the Jets' official site reports.
Analysis: After logging three catches on five targets for 26 yards in Week 1, Kroft, who played through a rib issue this past Sunday against the Titans, has totaled just three catches for 20 yards over his last three contests. If he ends up out or limited this weekend against the Falcons, added TE snaps would be available for Ryan Griffin and Trevon Wesco.
Oct 6, 2021 9:41 AM EST
Kroft (rib) failed to haul in his only target in Sunday's 27-24 overtime win over the Titans.
Analysis: Kroft gutted it out through a rib injury but wasn't a major part of the game plan, while fellow tight end Ryan Griffin mustered eight yards on four targets. Quarterback Zach Wilson had the best game of his young career but found success by pushing the ball downfield to wide receivers rather than checking it down to his tight ends.
Oct 3, 2021 8:39 PM EST
Kroft (rib) is active for Sunday's game against the Titans, Randy Lange of the Jets' official site reports.
Analysis: Though Kroft took a questionable designation into the weekend, the Jets never seemed to have too much concern about his availability after he turned in a full practice Friday. Through the Jets' first three contests, Kroft has paced the team's tight ends in snaps, but he has only six receptions for 46 yards and no touchdowns on nine targets to show for it.
Oct 3, 2021 8:58 AM EST
Kroft (rib) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Titans, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.
Analysis: Kroft upgraded to full practice participation Friday after limited sessions Wednesday and Thursday, suggesting the starting tight end is trending in the right direction. He already had a limited role in the low-octane Jets offense, and now Kroft will likely have to compete for the targets over the middle of the field with slot receiver Jamison Crowder, who is listed as questionable with a groin injury of his own but is expected to make his season debut against Tennessee.
Oct 1, 2021 12:38 PM EST
Kroft (ribs) was limited at practice Wednesday.
Analysis: That Kroft was able to practice, albeit in a limited fashion, suggests that he has a chance to suit up Sunday against the Titans. However, with six catches on nine targets for 46 yards over his first three games with the Jets, he's only a fantasy TE option in deeper formats.
Sep 29, 2021 3:23 PM EST
Kroft sustained a rib injury rather than a back injury in Sunday's loss to the Broncos, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Either way, the starting tight end was ruled out after catching two passes for 12 yards. Kroft will try to heal up in time to face the Titans in Week 4, and Ryan Griffin would likely get the start at tight end should Kroft sit.
Sep 26, 2021 4:32 PM EST
Kroft has been ruled out of Sunday's game at Denver due to a chest injury.
Analysis: Prior to his exit, Kroft hauled in both of his targets for 12 yards. With Kroft sidelined, Ryan Griffin, Trevon Wesco and Daniel Brown are the remaining tight ends of the Jets' active roster.
Sep 26, 2021 3:17 PM EST
Kroft caught one of two targets for eight yards in Sunday's 25-6 loss to the Patriots.
Analysis: Kroft and fellow tight end Ryan Griffin (two catches for 10 yards) both played minor roles as the Jets failed to find the end zone in their home opener. With rookie quarterback Zach Wilson struggling to get comfortable at the NFL level, the Jets' passing attack will be tough to trust in Week 3 against the Broncos.
Sep 19, 2021 5:58 PM EST
Kroft caught three of five targets for 26 yards in Sunday's 19-14 loss to the Panthers
Analysis: Kroft and Ryan Griffin (three catches for 22 yards on six targets) saw similar involvement. Rookie quarterback Zach Wilson targeted the tight end position 11 times in this one, but the absences of veteran wide receivers Jamison Crowder (illness) and Keelan Cole (knee) likely played a role in that volume. Even though he sits atop the tight end depth chart, Kroft's role will likely remain limited compared to some of the Jets' other pass-catchers.
Sep 12, 2021 6:13 PM EST
Kroft is the only true tight end left on the roster after the Jets traded Chris Herndon and cut Kenny Yeboah, Daniel Brown and Ryan Griffin, NJ.com's Joey Chandler reports.
Analysis: The Jets' passing game figures to focus on their deep group of wide receivers, but they'll presumably still need someone to take snaps at tight end, where the current choices are Kroft or 267-pound blocking specialist Trevon Wesco (three catches on 360 career offensive snaps). The 28-year-old Kroft had chances to start in Cincinnati and Buffalo and maxed out at 42-404-7 as a 16-game starter for the Bengals in 2017, but he's at least shown some ability in the red zone with 12 TDs on 85 career receptions. While he isn't likely to finish first or second on the team in targets, Kroft could see 4-5 looks per week if he's the only tight end running routes for rookie QB Zach Wilson.
Sep 2, 2021 7:44 AM EST
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