Buffalo Bills: Predicting roster battles entering final preseason game
Once again this battle is between three players with rookies Dawson Knox and Tommy Sweeney, competing with Jason Croom for not only roster spots but the starting tight end job. This is one position battle that really never got started considering Knox and Croom have missed most of training camp and the preseason due to injuries.
The absence of Knox and Croom has created an opportunity for Sweeney, which he capitalized on against the Panthers. This was his best game to date and he finished with two receptions for 47 receiving yards.
The one player who has the most ground to make up though has to be Jason Croom, who was the team’s leading receiver at the tight end position last year. However, he saw the Buffalo Bills not only draft two tight ends but also sign free agent Tyler Kroft. This is not exactly a vote of confidence for the returning tight end.
The good news for Croom, and what may help his chances of at least making the initial 53-man roster, is that Kroft is still dealing with a broken foot that he suffered during OTAs. If the Bills decide to place Kroft on the PUP list, this frees up a roster spot for the team to keep all three tight ends.
However, this means that Kroft would be guaranteed to miss at least the first six weeks of the season. The health of Kroft and where he is in his recovery could be the biggest deciding factor in this battle.
Prediction: Tommy Sweeney is the starting tight end Week 1 against New York Jets