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[BN] Blitz newsletter: Bills add tight end following Kroft's injury

The Buffalo Bills didn't waste time adding a tight end to their roster after Tyler Kroft went down with a broken foot.

The team on Wednesday signed Mik'Quan Deane, an undrafted free agent out of Western Kentucky who initially signed with the Seahawks after the draft. According to ESPN, the Bills also put in a waiver claim on ex-Jets tight end Jordan Leggett, a fifth-round pick in 2018 who was released by interim GM Adam Gase earlier in the week, but didn't get him because the Buccaneers had a higher waiver priority.

Per Pro Football Focus, Deane's 1.78 receiving yards per route run ranked 15th among draft-eligible tight ends, though he was credited with eight dropped passes, the most at the position.

Deane may be a long shot to make the team, but the Bills' activity in the tight end market is notable given the severity and timing of Kroft's injury. With his availability for the start of the season in question, tight end looks like it could be an area of weakness for the team once again.

Jason Croom's role could expand the most while Kroft is out. Lee Smith is locked in as the top blocking tight end and third-round pick Dawson Knox is a lock to make the team as well. Seventh-rounder Tommy Sweeney and undrafted free agents Deane and Moral Stephens are on the outside looking in, but could play their way onto the roster this summer given the state of the position. If the Bills want to look for a bigger upgrade externally, Vikings' tight end Kyle Rudolph has been the subject of recent trade rumors, though they could just be leverage for a contract extension in Minnesota. But if Rudolph is available, that would certainly be an avenue worth exploring for the Bills.



How many times will the Bills be favored in 2019? Vegas doesn't seem high on the Bills this year. But if you think you know better, that means there's money to be made on the Bills.

Falcons defensive end Steven Means, a Buffalo native, done for 2019 season: Means suffered an Achilles injury during OTAs. Best of luck in recovery.

No more Oklahoma: In a move that could have widespread effects throughout all levels of football, the NFL has asked teams to discontinue some high-impact drills, including the well-known "Oklahoma" drill. The league said the recommendation came from a group of current and former NFL players, coaches and executives.

Oklahoma generally pits two defenders against two blockers and a ball carrier in a small area to ensure contact (if you're unfamiliar with the drill, there's a video of high schoolers running it below). While the drill has been known to scramble a few neurons, it also simulates the point of attack fairly well. You'd want people on your team who are good at Oklahoma. It just happens to be a dangerous drill, which is to say football itself is a dangerous sport. And we know that. But seeing the NFL admit it, even in a roundabout way, feels like a bit of a turning point in the conversation surrounding brain injuries. Oklahoma is a quintessential football drill, famous and infamous on high school fields across the country. It is essentially replicated dozens of times in every game. Yet the NFL wants it eliminated from practices as a measure to reduce concussions. Think about that.


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[BN] Blitz newsletter: Bills' starting tight end Tyler Kroft goes down with broken foot

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