How do the Buffalo Bills utilize Dalton Kincaid?
There is no question that as a pass catcher, Dalton Kincaid is one of the best tight ends in this draft class. According to Cover 1, Kincaid only had two career drops during college with a drop rate of 1.6%.
He probably could step in right away as a big slot receiver for this offense and bully smaller nickel corners and be a reliable option for Josh Allen. However, if the Bills want to run two-tight end sets Kincaid is going to have to make significant improvements as a run blocker.
Almost all the scouting reports before the NFL Draft, including this one on NFL.com, noted that he struggled as a run blocker. This means that the Buffalo Bills probably don't line up Kincaid along the offensive line and create that uncertainty for defenses if they are calling a run play or pass play out of the formation.
Tight ends have historically not had big seasons as rookies and Ken Dorsey will need to get creative with Kincaid to maximize his strengths while minimizing those weaknesses for him to have an impact this season.