Stock Down: Tight Ends
The tight end position was going to certainly be a work in progress this season and the team was going to need a little bit of luck. However, that has not been the case so far and this has to be an area of concern for the organization at this point in training camp.
The Buffalo Bills have been hit hard by injury at the position with Tyler Kroft suffering a broken foot during OTAs and has missed all of training camp to this point. The positive news is that he was able to get out of the walking boot this week but his availability for the start of the regular season certainly looks to be in question.
However, Kroft was joined on the sideline shortly after the start of camp by Jason Croom, who led all tight ends for the Bills last year in receiving yards, and third-round draft pick Dawson Knox on the sidelines. Both Croom and Knox suffered hamstring injuries and have not returned to practice yet.
The team did sign Kyle Carter, who is competing with Tommy Sweeney, Keith Towbridge and Lee Smith for reps since Knox and Croom’s injury. However, none of these options should give the team much confidence in the position.
This is a position worth monitoring throughout the preseason and depending on when the injured tight ends are able to come back, the front office may still be looking at other potential options.