How many tight ends do the Bills keep heading into the 2020 season?
Last year, the Buffalo Bills went into the season with four tight ends however this may have been due to injuries. The Bills started the year with Dawson Knox, Lee Smith, Tommy Sweeney and Tyler Kroft on the active roster, however as mentioned previously Kroft was not ready to play for the first part of the year.
This year, the Bills are likely set at the top of their depth chart with Knox, Kroft and Sweeney rounding out the Top 3. If the team elects to keep only three tight ends then players like Lee Smith and Jason Croom will be cut prior to the regular season.
If the Buffalo Bills are able to fit four tight ends on the roster it really will come down to Smith and Croom. Both tight ends bring much different styles of play as Croom is an athletic pass catcher while Lee Smith is primarily only used as a blocking tight end.
The Bills could elect to keep Smith even though Jason Croom may be the better tight end. The reason would be that Croom doesn’t provide much to the offense that Knox or Kroft don’t already do. As for Lee Smith, he is a blocking specialist and if the Buffalo Bills want to go run heavy a week, having a player like Smith who essentially becomes a sixth linemen would be a boost for this offense.