Develop Jason Croom
Jason Croom was the leading tight end for the Bills last season despite starting just three games. A former wide receiver in college, Croom’s big body as transitioned nicely to the tight end position in the NFL and he has shown he has been able to make plays in the passing game for Josh Allen.
Possibly the weakest point of Croom’s game is his blocking. Being a former wide receiver at Tennessee before converting toward the end of his collegiate career, Croom was not entirely used to blocking, let alone blocking linebackers and defensive ends. That would be the top area to develop from Croom in the offseason to help him become a more complete tight end.
Croom had a solid first season with the Bills despite the team’s struggles on offense. With 22 catches, 259 yards, one touchdown and 35 targets, Croom was a reliable target in the passing game once found.
He scored his first career touchdown in Week 3 against the Minnesota Vikings on a wide open pass from Josh Allen with arguably his best catch coming against the Detroit Lions in Week 15 as he had a big catch downfield to help clinch the victory.
You would love for him to get more involved in the passing game and become a more reliable target for Allen, but in order for him to get more playing time he needs to continue to become a better blocker. His growth throughout the season is promising and as of right now, he appears to be the starter at the position going into next season.
Buffalo should not hesitate to bring a veteran or draft one or two tight ends as I mentioned before, but keeping Croom and allowing him to develop into a complete tight end can only help the Bills.
Hoping his athleticism can eventually come through and make him the clear starter or at least a reliable asset would be a huge win for the Bills in 2019.