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    Power ranking each tight end’s chance to make the 2019 Buffalo Bills’ final roster

    What a crapload of mediocrity. That said, there is a decent amount of potential along with the question marks. What bothers me about the Smith signing is that according to this, it likely pushes Croom and/or Sweeney out the door. That said, Beane showed with the WRs last season that he isnt afraid to cut a guy just because of the contract. Croom is the only proven F TE on the squad, and if you recall, was the only Bills TE to have a TD last season in the fairly limited targets he got from Josh Allen. Maybe someone can get stashed on the practice squad. I also am curious if instead of helping his cause, Croom hurt it by dating Kelly Pegula, as I guess they are no longer together. I get they want blockers, but Croom is a TE that someone like seandelevan or people who enjoy passing are likely to enjoy if he makes the team...so I may disagree with Jungle as well as this author a little bit. #GroomCroom!!


    Lots of intrigue at tight end.
    By Zach Lang@z_lang13 May 15, 2019, 8:38am EDT

    After Monday’s roster shuffle, the Buffalo Bills face quite the predicament. One of the team’s biggest holes going into the offseason was at the tight-end position. Now with the bulk of free agency and the NFL Draft in the rear-view mirror, the Bills have six tight ends under contract. As a result of Buffalo signing Lee Smith and Moral Stephens and cutting offensive tackle turned tight end Jake Fisher before training camp, there appears to be a short leash regarding expectations for the position. Here are each tight end’s chances at making it out of Bills’ training camp with a spot on the final 53-man roster.

    Lee Smith
    Chance to make final roster: Very, very, very high
    The Bills signed TE Lee Smith to a three-year deal on Monday. His chances to make the final roster are as close to 100 percent as possible. Not only is he a former Buffalo Bill with great locker room chemistry and play to back it up, but his $9 million contract has guaranteed money in the second year. If the Bills did not see him as a future piece, that guaranteed money would not exist. He will be in Buffalo blue at the beginning of the season.

    Tyler Kroft
    Chance to make final roster: Very, very high
    Just like Smith, TE Tyler Kroft is on a three-year deal. The big difference is Kroft’s contract is worth double at $18 million, suggesting he’s in Buffalo’s future plans. Kroft has the potential to be the starting tight end at the beginning of the season in the Meadowlands, but it remains to be seen if he will stay in the starting 11 given his blocking-tight-end status. Expect him to make the final roster.

    Dawson Knox
    Chance to make final roster: Very high
    Moving from free agents to rookies, TE Dawson Knox is a solid investment for the Bills who cost them their two fourth-round picks in the draft. As a third-round pick, it would not make sense for Buffalo to cut him before he gets his first taste of the regular season. Knox is a tight end who thrives in the passing game and could develop alongside quarterback Josh Allen perfectly. If anything is close to being certain at tight end, it is that Smith, Kroft, and Knox will all make the roster and Knox will evolve as the primary receiving threat of those three.

    Tommy Sweeney
    Chance to make final roster: Neutral
    This is where the Bills start to make the tough decisions. Three tight ends on a 53-man roster is the norm, but Tommy Sweeney has a good chance to be the fourth. Despite being the Bills’ seventh-round pick, he checks a lot of boxes for what Buffalo looks for in process players. The Boston College product made first-team All-ACC in his senior season for a team that preferred to run the ball. Sweeney also played in the Reese’s Senior Bowl, a pattern for the Sean McDermott Buffalo Bills. Sweeney has the talent, but it depends on if the Bills choose youth and process over experience.

    Jason Croom
    Chance to make final roster: Slim
    TE Jason Croom is a two-year veteran who played in Buffalo last season. Croom emerged as the Bills’ top tight end after starter Charles Clay struggled with injury, finishing fourth on the team in receiving yards with 259 and one touchdown. Despite last year’s performance, the slew of tight-end signings and draft picks indicate Buffalo may prefer going into the 2019 campaign without a single returning tight end from 2018. Croom will likely not make the final roster in favor of Sweeney or a three-tight end set, but there is still a chance if he can prove at training camp that his past-year experience outweighs the potential of the other rookie tight ends.

    Moral Stephens
    Chance to make final roster: Very Slim
    As an undrafted free agent, former Florida TE Moral Stephens signed with Buffalo following the team’s rookie minicamp. Despite the good impression and the Bills rewarding him with a contact, Stephens has a very long, uphill battle if he wants to make the 53-man roster. With no guaranteed money in multiple years, expectations of a higher draft pick, or past experience in Buffalo, Stephens will have to impress immediately at St. John Fisher College to make it past the first couple rounds of cuts over the summer.

    Jake Fisher
    Chance to make final roster: zero
    Fisher was released by the Bills on Monday following the signing of Smith, in case you were wondering.

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    what dont you or anybody agree with?

    this is what i told you yesterday. the bills are now set at the position. 1-2-3 is super easy, its kroft, knox, and smith. these are three good, solid tes. 1&3 will do the majority of the work while they groom the 2

    kroft is the multi-purpose guy who can block and catch well. knox is the rookie known primarily for running routes. smith is a sixth lineman who can run occasionally routes and catch a ball every other week

    if Sweeney can play st well then they might carry 4, otherwise he goes on the ps

    croom is going to have to continue his career on somebody elses team. the bills coached him up so some team low on tes should pick him up

    anybody left is camp fodder, unless they somehow blow mcbean away, which is a longshot. if they are eligible for the ps, thats their best hope
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    I thought Croom showed a lot of potential.

    Hopefully he can impress the staff and earn a spot but it isn't going to be easy. There is a lot of competition.

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    I was hoping they would use Kroft as a fill in starter and next year look for a real weapon at TE.

    The way it looks now is they are going to use the te position as another o-lineman and keep their fingers crossed that Knox develops into a decent player. I'm not holding my breath.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bcw View Post
    I was hoping they would use Kroft as a fill in starter and next year look for a real weapon at TE.

    The way it looks now is they are going to use the te position as another o-lineman and keep their fingers crossed that Knox develops into a decent player. I'm not holding my breath.
    Or, maybe Tyler Kroft plays well...

    Or, maybe Croom continues to improve...

    Or, maybe Sweeny contributes
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    Quote Originally Posted by bcw View Post
    I was hoping they would use Kroft as a fill in starter and next year look for a real weapon at TE.

    The way it looks now is they are going to use the te position as another o-lineman and keep their fingers crossed that Knox develops into a decent player. I'm not holding my breath.
    ...and much like the O-line, there is mostly a ton of mediocrity(WR too, to a lesser extent). I guess it's too early to say what position I'd like to see drafted first(albeit possible thread-worthy as a poll for off-season fun), but I think it's a combo of what you said of placeholders, and what tcentral replied similar to Beane throwing a lot of something against the wall and seeing what sticks. I appreciate both of you seconding my mention of Croom hopefully getting a spot this season. Everything can't be about blocking.

    I'm still a bit unclear about whom, if anyone, is "safe" if put on a practice squad. It's something I haven't paid a lot of attention to in the past, but this season it seems like it could be important with the apparant, relative, perceived parity we have at some positions. Seemingly, Knox, Sweeney, and Croom could each end up there, correct?
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    I think all 3 are practice quads eligible.

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    Will be awkward when Croom gets cut, he's banging Pegula's daughter

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    Quote Originally Posted by GSWJ23Richardson View Post
    Will be awkward when Croom gets cut, he's banging Pegula's daughter
    Is she hot?
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