Tuesday morning's newsletter offered a glowing review of the Bills' offseason, mentioning that nearly every position on the roster seems to be improved from last season. But Tuesday afternoon provided a harsh reminder of how quickly the best-laid plans can be torn to pieces in the NFL, where the injury rate approaches 100%.
Coach Sean McDermott announced Tuesday that starting tight end Tyler Kroft re-broke his foot during Monday's team activity and required surgery. It's the same injury that ended his 2018 season after five games. Cole Beasley, Mitch Morse and Russell Bodine were also held out as they recovered from offseason procedures.
NFL Network reported that Kroft faces a 3-4 month recovery, which, if true, puts his status for Week 1 in question. A lengthy recovery could mean he'd start the year on the physically unable to perform list (PUP), which would make him eligible to return after Week 6. Keep in mind that from the time he broke his foot last season to Monday's practice was 226 days, and from Tuesday's surgery to the season opener is 111 days.
Kroft was the Bills' biggest addition at arguably their biggest position of need. "Tyler's the bell cow," fellow tight end Lee Smith said last week. It's possible Kroft could return to the practice field during training camp, but he'll miss critical chemistry-building with Josh Allen until then.
Bills sign defensive end Jerry Hughes to 2-year contract extension: Jerry Hughes was entering the final year of his contract, but the Bills extended their top pass rusher Tuesday to a deal that reportedly includes $19 million guaranteed. Mike Tannenbaum, the former front office exec with the Jets and Dolphins, provided some interesting insight on Twitter, noting that Hughes "was always the first guy we had to prepare for playing the Bills twice a year. Drawing double teams, he also creates production for his teammates."
After a slow start to his career (5 sacks in his first 3 years), Hughes has become an excellent pass rusher, he was always the first guy we had to prepare for playing the Bills twice a year. Drawing double teams, he also creates production for his teammates.
— Mike Tannenbaum (@RealTannenbaum) May 21, 2019
By the way... If you're curious what happened to Kelvin Sheppard, the player the Bills traded for Jerry Hughes, your answer is here. (Spoiler: The Bills won the trade.)
Eric Wood to replace Mark Kelso on Bills' radio broadcasts: Eric Wood was one of the most thoughtful voices in the locker room during his playing days. Now he'll lend his insights to the Bills' official radio team as the color commentator on game days. He'll also appear regularly on the team's radio show. Elsewhere in media news, Steve Tasker will no longer work games for CBS.
Josh Allen: Improving accuracy is top offseason priority: At least we know Josh Allen is self-aware. He seems to be in agreement with every person who watched him play last season on the aspect of his game that needs the most improvement.
What They Said: Read through the transcripts from Sean McDermott, Josh Allen and Jerry Hughes at Bills' OTAs.
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