The Buffalo Bills have a new starting tight end. ESPN’s Adam Shefter reported that Tyler Kroft, formerly of the Cincinnati Bengals, has signed a three-year deal with the Bills.
Kroft who has played in an average of just under 13 games a season while averaging around nine starts has had very productive seasons especially in 2017. The 26-year-old finished this season with 5 appearances with two starts before being placed on injured reserve with a broken foot.
In 2017, Kroft compiled 42 receptions for 404 yards and seven touchdowns. He had a 68% catch percentage, which shows he can be an upgrade for the Bills in the passing game from the standpoint of the tight end position. Kroft is also known for big plays, averaging 9.6 yards per catch in 2017. He was averaging about nine yards per catch before going down this past season.
The former 2015 3rd round pick (85th overall) comes with a reasonable price tag at around $6-million dollars per season. At 6’6 and 252 pounds, Kroft figures to be a big and athletic target for Josh Allen to go to in situations like the one we saw in Miami with Charles Clay, except to make the catch.
All in all, the Buffalo Bills are much better at the tight end position than they were yesterday, with both Jason Croom and Kroft now in the fold.