Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott told media members on Sunday afternoon that veteran tight end Tyler Kroft is “moving in the right direction” regarding his injured foot, per The Athletic’s Joe Buscaglia.
Kroft, 26, last played for the Cincinnati Bengals before signing a three-year contract worth nearly $19 million in the offseason with the Bills. The 6-foot-6 tight end, however, broke his foot while practicing with his team at Buffalo’s OTAs in May earlier this year.
Buscaglia also adds:
Sean McDermott said Kroft has done a ton of work behind the scenes, though failed to mention any sort of timeline for a return to the field.
Kroft still sits on the Bills’ physically unable to perform (PUP) list at the moment. He was a third-round pick of the Bengals’ in 2015 after a three-year college career with Rutgers.
Last season with Cincinnati, Kroft also injured his foot in Week 5 against the Miami Dolphins, sidelining the blocker and pass-catcher for the remainder of the 2018 slate.
In his four-year professional career, Kroft has recorded 67 receptions for 661 yards and eight touchdowns. he has a 70.5% catch rate, too.
Other Bills players competing at the tight end position include journeyman veteran 26-year-old Kyle Carter, who spent the 2018 season on the upstate New York franchise’s practice squad, former undrafted free agent Jason Croom, who has been with the Bills since 2017, rookie Dawson Knox, selected in the third round of April’s draft out of Ole Miss, veteran Lee Smith, who signed as a free agent in the offseason, Louisville product Keith Towbridge, and the last selection for Buffalo in the 2019 draft, Tommy Sweeney.