Tyler Kroft was brought in as part of the Bills’ monumental 2019 class that included Frank Gore, Mitch Morse, John Brown, Cole Beasley and countless others. Of the numerous players that were brought in to build a new culture in Buffalo, Kroft has perhaps contributed the least to this effort.
On the day that OTA’s began on May 20, 2019, Kroft broke his foot. The injury would require the veteran tight end to miss the rest of the offseason and undergo surgery. Luckily, the Bills had just drafted tight end Dawson Knox in the 2019 NFL draft just a few weeks prior.
Knox proved more than capable of carrying the load at the tight end position. The rookie hauled in 28 receptions for 388 yards and two touchdowns.
Kroft on the other hand was underwhelming to say the least. In the 11 games he appeared in, he had just six receptions for 71 yards and one touchdown. Though he missed out on padding those stats by missing five games, Tyler Kroft did not look like the starting caliber tight end that Brandon Beane hoped he would be when he arrived in Buffalo.
The Bills should be fine at tight end as Dawson Knox has proved he can hold his own. If Tyler Kroft has another underwhelming season, he could be on the trade block. It will be difficult to find a team willing to take on the last year of his three year contract. As for now, it just seems like Tyler Kroft is not “the guy” at tight end for the Bills right now.