The Buffalo Bills entered the offseason with goals of surrounding quarterback Josh Allen with talented targets, but now, that quest has gone off the rails early.
Tuesday morning, Bills head coach Sean McDermott met with the media to discuss Organized Team Activities and the state of his team as of mid-May. Unfortunately for the third-year head coach, he had to start the presser off by explaining that some of his new additions will be absent during the early portions of OTAs.
Former Dallas Cowboys standout Cole Beasley is set to miss practice on Tuesday, along with center Mitch Morse. To make the situation worse, tight end Tyler Kroft broke his foot on Monday and will be undergoing surgery. This will put the former Bengals target on the shelf for the foreseeable future and will once again leave the Bills without a leading tight end.
Depending on his recovery, he could return in time for the regular season, but he will be behind the curve in terms of learning the offense and pairing with his new quarterback. Originally a third-round pick out of Rutgers (2015), Kroft landed with the Cincinnati Bengals to begin his career.
He was primarily a backup to Tyler Eifert during the first two seasons of his career but was forced into the starting rotation in 2017. During this career year, Kroft started all 16 games and tallied 42 receptions for 404 yards and seven touchdowns.
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Entering 2018, Kroft was set to be featured once again. Eifert was back in the building to showcase his own recovery, but he broke his ankle during a week four victory over the Atlanta Falcons. This pushed Kroft into more of a prominent role, along with fellow tight end C.J. Uzomah. Although Kroft only lasted one week longer than Eifert as he was sidelined due to a fractured foot. He spent some time in a walking boot before ultimately being placed on Injured Reserve in mid-November.
Kroft signed a three-year, $18.75 million contract with the Bills with the start of free agency, providing him with an opportunity to showcase his recovery from the fractured foot that prematurely ended his 2018 campaign. However, he will now have to recover from another foot issue and hope that the injuries will be behind him following this latest surgery and the ensuing rehab.
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