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[BN] Blitz newsletter: What happens at tight end after Tyler Kroft's injury?

The Bills were (are?) going into 2019 with the expectation that Tyler Kroft would play a big role in the offense at tight end. They signed him to help improve a position they've gotten limited production from.

Kroft, of course, re-broke his foot during OTAs this week and is expected to miss around 3-4 months. Clearly, his status for Week 1 is up in the air. It's possible Kroft, who had seven touchdown catches in 2017, will start the year on the PUP list and be out for the first six games of the year. That seems like the worst-case scenario at this point.

Where do the Bills go from here?

Well, there aren't really a ton of better options for them absent of convincing Rob Gronkowski to come out of retirement and play for his hometown team (yeah, right).

If you take a look at the current crop of free agent tight ends available, you'll see some names you might recognize (Antonio Gates, Lance Kendricks and Jermaine Gresham), but no one really worth taking a serious look at.

Obviously a lot depends on Kroft's recovery, but right now it looks like there will be a healthy competition at tight end if Kroft isn't able to suit up for the first six weeks. That competition will be between third-round pick Dawson Knox, free agent signing Lee Smith, returning tight end Jason Croom and seventh-round pick Tommy Sweeney.

Jay Skurski wrote about that and answered a question about trading for tight end Kyle Rudolph (a long shot) in his latest NFL mailbag this week.

Bills linebacker Matt Milano – man of few possessions and much promise: Jason Wolf peaked behind the curtain. This paragraph really stood out: "The 24-year-old has always been reserved and something of a mystery, a man of few words and even fewer belongings, today a multimillionaire pro athlete who fits his full wardrobe into a single suitcase – solid black T-shirts, a white button-down, a couple of pairs of jeans, socks and underwear." Read Wolf's story here to learn more about Milano, the minimalist who wants to make a big impact again after an ankle injury derailed his 2018 season.

In case you missed it: Jim Kelly had another clean cancer scan.


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