Jets add Tyler Kroft to intriguing tight end group


The Jets beefed up their tight end room on Friday, agreeing to a deal with Tyler Kroft.

Kroft’s agent Mike McCartney tweeted that Kroft agreed to a one-year deal with the team. Kroft spent the past two seasons with the Bills. He started four games last year and had 12 catches for 119 yards and three touchdowns.

Kroft, 28, is from Pennsylvania and went to Rutgers so this is a bit of a homecoming. The 6-foot-6, 252-pounder was drafted in the third round in 2015 by the Bengals. He played for Cincinnati from 2015-18. He has 85 career catches for 851 yards and 12 touchdowns in 42 starts. 

Tight end is an interesting position for the Jets. They thought they had a star in the making in Chris Herndon entering last season, but Herndon struggled and seemed to lose confidence. It is unknown what the new coaching staff thinks of Herndon and whether they can restore his confidence. He had 31 catches for 287 yards and three touchdowns. The Jets also still have Ryan Griffin at the position. He had nine catches for 86 yards in 2020 after a strong 2019 season. The Jets only had 43 total catches by tight ends last season for 409 yards and three touchdowns. 

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