So far this season, the Buffalo Bills tight ends have been on the field more to make sure they have the 11 required players rather than being an actual threat to catch the ball.
At the forefront of this offensive issue is Dawson Knox. The tight end out of Ole Miss was never a pass catcher and the expectations are that he would turn into one. That has not panned out. With his most recent game against Arizona being littered with missed blocks, dropped catches and an uncalled-for block-in-the-back flag, Tyler Kroft may slide up the depth chart.
When he has been the number one option at the tight end position, Kroft has shown that he can be the guy. During the Los Angles Rams game, Kroft had four receptions for 24 yards and two touchdowns; one of which sealed it for Buffalo. So far this season, Kroft has both more receptions, yards, and touchdowns than Knox. Kroft has also shown that he does not shy away in pass-protection which has been another weak point of Knox’s game.
With this in mind and the Buffalo Bills facing a Chargers team that has been better than Buffalo at defending the pass, Kroft may be Josh’s preferred target on Sunday.