Tyler Kroft
Tyler Kroft
27-Year-Old Tight EndTE
Buffalo Bills
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Kroft signed a three-year, $18.75 million contract with the Bills in March of 2019 and appeared to have the inside track on the starting tight end job for the long haul. However, he broke his foot on the first day of OTAs and needed surgery. This opened the door for rookie Dawson Knox to step in and grab the starting role, a job the he'll likely retain this year. Nevertheless, Kroft battled back and appeared in 11 games in 2019 and could be a secret weapon in 2020 for Josh Allen and the Bills, though his current fantasy value is pretty low. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a three-year, $18.75 million contract with the Bills in March of 2019.
Primed for bounceback?
TEBuffalo Bills
July 23, 2020
Kroft is in good position to log a productive 2020 campaign with the Bills, Maddy Glab of the team's official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Kroft is coming off an injury-plagued 2019 campaign, in which he had just six catches for 71 yards and a touchdown across 11 games. Now fully recovered from the broken foot that caused him to sit out the first seven weeks of 2019, and having agreed to restructure his contract in order to remain with Buffalo, the 27-year-old should have real opportunities to compete with Dawson Knox for starting snaps in training camp. Kroft showcased solid receiving capabilities with the Bengals back in 2017, when he accumulated 42 catches for 404 yards and seven scores while playing a full 16-game slate. While a bounce-back season almost seems likely, it's difficult to envision Kroft entering elite TE territory, given that he plays in a run-oriented offense, will compete for looks with Knox all season, and at best would be the fourth or fifth option in the passing game.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Tyler Kroft's 2019 advanced stats compare to other tight ends?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Air Yards Per Game
8.7
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.38
 
% Team Air Yards
2.2%
 
% Team Targets
2.9%
 
Avg Depth of Target
6.9 Yds
 
Catch Rate
42.9%
 
Drop Rate
7.1%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
5.2
 
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How often does Tyler Kroft run a route when on the field for a pass play?
This data will let you see how Tyler Kroft and the other tight ends for the Bills are being used. Some tight ends may have a lot of snaps, but they're not that useful for fantasy purposes because they're not actually running routes. This data will help you see when this is the case.
Tyler Kroft
101 routes   14 targets
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72%
293 routes   50 targets
88%
57 routes   13 targets
84%
46 routes   5 targets
39%
Receiving Alignment Breakdown
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2019 Tyler Kroft Split Stats
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Tyler Kroft's measurables compare to other tight ends?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
* The 40-Yard Dash, Shuttle Time, Cone Drill, and Broad Jump metrics are from his Pro Day. All others are from the NFL Combine.
Height
6' 6"
 
Weight
252 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash*
4.75 sec
 
Shuttle Time*
4.50 sec
 
Cone Drill*
7.18 sec
 
Broad Jump*
120 in
 
Bench Press
17 reps
 
Hand Length
9.63 in
 
Arm Length
33.00 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2018
2017
2016
2015
A foot injury limited Kroft to four catches for 36 yards in five games with the Bengals last season, but he still cashed in as a free agent, getting a three-year deal with the Bills worth $18.75 million. Considering the terms of his deal, the Bills were clearly banking on the 6-6, 252-pounder recovering fully from the foot injury that derailed his fourth year as a pro. When Kroft played a full slate in 2017, he hauled in 42 passes for 404 yards and seven TDs. Alas, the 26-year-old suffered another broken foot during the first day of OTAs, and with a three-to-four month recovery on tap, his Week 1 status is cloudy. With Kroft on the mend and his fantasy sleeper value on hold for now, veterans Lee Smith and Jason Croom are joined by 2019 draft picks Dawson Knox and Tommy Sweeney as the team's healthy options at tight end in advance of training camp.
Kroft did his best Tyler Eifert impersonation last season after the Bengals lost their starting tight end to yet another major injury. The 2015 third-round pick had seven TDs and 399 yards after Week 2, highlighted by two separate outings with six receptions and a pair of scores (Weeks 4 and 17). There were a lot of empty stat lines mixed in along the way, but Kroft at least proved reliable near the goal line, scoring six times on seven targets inside the 10-yard line. The Bengals hope Kroft will slide back to the No. 2 role, but Eifert's injury history suggests there will eventually be some starts up for grabs. Given his middling athleticism, Kroft probably doesn't have much of a ceiling beyond what we saw last year.
Kroft saw his numbers dip across the board in 2016, as he finished the year with just 10 catches for 92 yards in 14 games. He'll look to bounce back in 2017 and improve on those marks. Though a small improvement should be expected, he's a distant second on the depth chart behind starting tight end Tyler Eifert. Though Kroft is a near lock for the roster, he shouldn't be expected to produce reliable fantasy numbers unless Eifert is forced to miss time.
In his rookie campaign, Kroft hauled in 11 receptions for 129 yards and a touchdown serving as the immediate backup to starting tight end Tyler Eifert. With Eifert slated to miss most, if not all, of the preseason due to ankle surgery, Kroft takes the reigns as the starting tight end for the summer, receiving valuable reps with the first team. If Eifert fails to return on time, Kroft will be the go-to guy for the beginning of the season, which may be enough to put him on the fantasy radar.
Based purely on his stats in his final season at Rutgers, it was a surprise that the Bengals selected Kroft in the third round of the 2015 Draft. He caught just 24 passes for 269 yards and no touchdowns and missed three games with an upper body injury despite entering the year as one of the top tight ends in college football. Still, the Bengals are counting on Kroft to fill the void created by the departure of Jermaine Gresham, though they hedged their bets by also drafting C.J. Uzomah in the fifth round.
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Has contract restructured
TEBuffalo Bills
March 12, 2020
Kroft and the Bills have come to a mutual agreement to restructure his contract, Nick Shook of NFL.com reports.
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Injury-plagued season
TEBuffalo Bills
January 26, 2020
Kroft finished his first season with the Bills with just six catches on 14 targets for 71 yards and one touchdown over 11 regular-season games.
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Catchless in loss to Pats
TEBuffalo Bills
December 24, 2019
Kroft was unable to haul in his lone target of Sunday's 24-17 loss to the Patriots.
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First TD since 2017
TEBuffalo Bills
December 16, 2019
Kroft caught his only target for a 14-yard touchdown during Sunday's win over Pittsburgh.
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Catchless in loss
TEBuffalo Bills
December 10, 2019
Kroft was unable to bring in his only target during Sunday's 24-17 loss to Baltimore.
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