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4 former NY Jets who still need a team for the 2022 season

NY Jets, Tyler Kroft
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4. Tyler Kroft, TE, NY Jets

The Jets failed to adequately address the tight end position last offseason as they resorted to stop-gap options instead of a long-term solution. That stop-gap option was veteran Tyler Kroft.

A former third-round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals, Kroft brought with him six years of NFL experience and, when healthy, was one of the better blocking tight ends in football. Health had always been a concern, however.

Kroft hadn't appeared in more than 11 games in a season since 2017 and that proved to be the case once again in 2021 as he missed a total of eight games. His numbers were pedestrian, as was to be expected.

The 29-year-old hauled in 16 catches for 173 yards and a touchdown in nine games. Injuries prevented him from ever finding a consistent role in the offense, although he was somewhat effective as a blocker when healthy.

At this stage, Kroft is little more than a TE2/TE3 with injury issues. When he's on the field, Kroft is a valuable player who can serve an important role as an extra blocking tight end.

But the fact that he's still available nearly a month after free agency kicked off shouldn't come as a surprise. And it's safe to safe the Jets likely won't be looking to bring him back.

Kroft will sign on with some team prior to the summer and compete for a depth roster spot in camp, but don't expect much more out of him than that.

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