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TE Tyler Kroft - Cincinnati Bengals

6-5, 246Born: 10-15-1992College: RutgersDrafted: Round 3

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News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 20): Kroft scored against the Broncos in a good matchup, but also hurt his hand and had a drop after the injury. We can't trust him despite the good matchup against the Browns.

Week 12: vs Cleveland Browns

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. The Bengals passing game this season has been based on whether A.J. Green has a great game or not. In three of their last five weeks, the Bengals have been held to 154 yards or less passing as they have struggled against teams that are able to take Green out of the game plan with top-end cornerbacks. Outside of Green, the Bengals have struggled to find a secondary receiver as both Brandon LaFell and Tyler Kroft have been extremely up and down. The Browns pass defense is one that is improving as of late as they have allowed the 12th fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks over the last four weeks and are 15th on the season in terms of passing yardage allowed. Jason McCourty continues to be one of the best cornerbacks in football this season and safety Derrick Kindred has been playing much better as of late. This is a defense that while they give up passing touchdowns as they have allowed the fourth most this season is a defense that is capable of stopping the pass and should give the Bengals problems this week.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs IND 52 5 46 0 0 4.6
9 at JAX 39 2 79 0 0 7.9
10 at TEN 51 1 4 0 0 0.4
11 at DEN 47 2 12 1 0 7.2
12 vs CLE PROJ-Dodds * 4 * * * *
12 vs CLE PROJ-Tremblay * 3 * * * *
12 vs CLE PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 11 vs DEN (3 / 2 / 12 / 1 rec)

The Bengals went to a goal line formation on 3rd-and-goal from the 1-yard line and ran a play-action fake to Joe Mixon running right. The Broncos bit, Kroft slipped out on the backside, and was wide open for an easy touchdown catch. Kroft injured his right hand and left the game temporarily. He returned later with a cast on and had a drop. His status for next week may be in question for a prime matchup with the Browns.

2017 Week 10 vs TEN (6 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Kroft had a tough day. He wasn't able to get any separation against the Titans and was held to just one catch.

2017 Week 9 vs JAX (2 / 2 / 79 / 0 rec)

Exactly half of the Bengals offensive yardage on the day came on Kroft's two catches. He got open over the middle and then sprinted down the sideline for a 59-yard catch that setup Cincinnati's only score of the game. He showed surprising wheels on the play and continues to make a strong case for the starting job in Cincinnati over the long-term.

2017 Week 8 vs IND (6 / 5 / 46 / 0 rec)

For the third-straight week, Kroft played over 90% of the snaps and was one of Dalton's go-to weapons in the passing game. Kroft is getting open over the middle of the field and has shown fantastic hands. He has now caught 85% of his targets this season and should remain one of the key cogs of the Bengals offense moving forward.

2017 Week 7 vs PIT (4 / 4 / 23 / 1 rec)

Kroft caught a 1-yard touchdown. He was uncovered after the Steelers bit hard on a play-action fake. He also made some tough catches over the middle of the field and tied for the team lead in receptions. Kroft is quietly growing into one of Dalton's most trusted weapons in the passing game.

2017 Week 5 vs BUF (5 / 4 / 38 / 0 rec)

Kroft had another strong game in relief of Tyler Eifert. He is a solid blocker and has made major progress as a receiver this season. Kroft was Dalton's go-to target on a late field goal drive. He had grabs of 11 and 15 yards over the middle and continues to gain Dalton's trust. Kroft should be a viable streaming tight end option while Eifert is out for fantasy teams hit with injuries at the position.

2017 Week 4 vs CLE (7 / 6 / 68 / 2 rec)

With Tyler Eifert again sidelined by a bad back, Kroft had a career game. Kroft is mostly used as a blocker but generated some buzz throughout the offseason with his improvement as a pass-catcher. It was on full display against the Browns. Kroft slid low to corral a key third-down pass on the Bengals first scoring drive. The next drive, Kroft caught a 22-yard pass on 3rd-and-16 to keep the chains moving. Kroft finished off the drive with a 3-yard touchdown. He lined up in the slot faked the linebacker inside and then quickly cut outside to make himself available for the quick strike from Dalton. Kroft caught back-to-back 11-yard passes in the two-minute offense before halftime. Kroft's second touchdown came from 17 yards out. The Bengals ran a play fake that caused the middle linebacker to bite and allow Kroft behind him. Kroft went up to grab the pass down the seam and held on despite a hit from the closing safety.

2017 Week 3 vs GB (4 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)

With Tyler Eifert out and fellow backup C.J. Uzomah on injured reserved, Kroft was on the field for all but one snap. Kroft caught Dalton's first pass of the game for 14 yards on a crossing route. He showed a nice burst turning upfield and accelerating for a few extra yards before getting his legs taken out. Kroft again converted a target down the right sideline for a 10-yard gain on the second drive of the game. After the fast start, Kroft wasn't involved much as a receiver the rest of the game.


Latest News

Bengals | Tyler Kroft limited in practice (Wed Nov 22, 05:21 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Kroft (hand) was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Nov. 22.

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Bengals | Wednesday's practice report for Cincinnati (Wed Nov 22, 04:55 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals CB Darqueze Dennard (knee), LB Jordan Evans (concussion), CB Dre Kirkpatrick (rest), LB Vincent Rey (hamstring) and S Shawn Williams (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 22. OG Clint Boling (hamstring), CB William Jackson (toe), TE Tyler Kroft (hand) and WR Brandon LaFell (knee) were limited participants while CB Adam Jones (concussion) and LB Kevin Minter (elbow) practiced in full.

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Bengals | Tyler Kroft suffers hand injury (Sun Nov 19, 11:17 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Kroft (hand) suffered a right hand injury in the Week 11 game against the Denver Broncos.

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