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NFL free agency 2021: Jets sign ex-Rutgers TE Tyler Kroft | Where does he fit in Mike LaFleur’s new offense?

Updated 6:05 PM; Today 5:58 PM
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Buffalo Bills tight end Tyler Kroft is coming to the Jets. AP

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Jets general manager Joe Douglas has signed his eighth outside free agent of this offseason.


And it’ll be a homecoming for former Rutgers tight end Tyler Kroft, whose agent announced his one-year contract on Twitter:


Kroft gives the Jets depth behind Chris Herndon and Ryan Griffin, as new offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur implements his Mike Shanahan-style West Coast scheme. Herndon and Griffin were both potential salary cap casualties, but neither has been cut.


With Kroft now in the mix, the Jets could decide to move on from Griffin, who underwhelmed last season. Cutting Griffin would free up $1.8 million in salary cap space, with $1.4 million in dead money attached.


Kroft was a third-round draft pick by the Bengals in 2015. He will be 28 years old when next season begins. He was with the Bengals from 2015-18, then spent the past two seasons with the Bills. He played three seasons at Rutgers, 2012-14, and then entered the NFL Draft.


Kroft struggled to stay healthy the past three seasons. From 2018-20, he played five, 11, and 10 games. He was a 16-game starter for the Bengals in 2017, but that remains his only NFL season with significant production — 62 targets, 42 catches, 404 yards, and seven touchdowns.




His career stats — 125 targets, 85 catches, 851 yards, and 12 touchdowns. Last season in Buffalo, he had 12 catches for 119 yards and three touchdowns.


But he has good size (6-foot-6 and 252 pounds), and obviously enough potential that he keeps getting chances.


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1 minute ago, section314 said:

Every time you bring in a guy who is better than one who is on the game day roster, you are making the team better. This is good news. Every player we have signed so far has done this.

It's not difficult when some pee wee players would fit that criteria

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this sounds good.  kind of a second coming of griffin but a little younger. i'm not sure what the cost is but i am guessing a good portion will be mitigated when they cut griffin.  griffin wasn't bad when healthy but he never seemed to recover from his injury at the end of 2019.

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25 minutes ago, The Crusher said:

His stats are abysmal but would be considered  a solid contributor on last years roster.,

This is a depth signing. Stats don't mean much with depth signings. Kroft has been primarily a blocking TE who has proven that he can produce offensively when given the opportunities. He has been hurt a big chunk of his career. But if healthy, as a second option, on a cheap one year deal, he's really not a bad player to have. Its an upgrade over Griffin and adds a veteran in case the Jets want to move on from Griffin and draft a developmental TE in the middle rounds of the draft. 

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