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Bills TE Jason Croom eligible to return from injured reserve

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NFL: Miami Dolphins at Buffalo BillsTimothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

If the Bills need TE help, they can find it already on their roster.

As the NFL weaves toward Week 9, we’ve reached the point in the season where players placed on injured reserve around the time of the season opener are eligible to return after their eight-week stint on the inactive portion of the roster. The Buffalo Bills only have one such candidate; tight end Jason Croom.

In order to be eligible to return, a player needs to have been on the team’s 53-man active roster during the season. Croom made Buffalo’s initial roster despite missing most of training camp and the preseason with hamstring injuries. He was placed on IR before the team’s Week 1 game, however.

The tight end position is already flush with NFL talent, though, so it’s unlikely we will see Croom without an injury at the position. Lee Smith has carved out his role with Tyler Kroft return from his own injury to join rookies Dawson Knox and Tommy Sweeney. One of the tight ends is inactive each week.

Not eligible to return are defensive end Mike Love, offensive tackle LaAdrian Waddle, and linebacker Vosean Joseph, who were place on injured reserve before the final 53-man roster was released. Defensive tackle Harrison Phillips would be eligible to return later this season, but his torn ACL injury means he won’t be able to play again in 2019.

That doesn’t mean a player that is injured now won’t be eligible to return this season. The rule applies into the playoffs, so a player hurt over the next few weeks could still return in time to play in the postseason.

Buffalo skirted the rule a bit with running back Senorise Perry, who was placed on injured reserve in the preseason. With a short recovery time frame, Perry was released from injured reserve on August 31st but re-signed on October 8th after the appropriate waiting period.

Teams may bring two players off injured reserve in any given season.

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Very interested to see what they do here.

1) Croom is better than Smith. But Smith has lockerroom mojo and McD creams over that.

2) Croom is a Pegula.

 

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10 minutes ago, LiterateStylish said:

Very interested to see what they do here.

1) Croom is better than Smith. But Smith has lockerroom mojo and McD creams over that.

2) Croom is a Pegula.

Smith has been a penalty machine.

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Fuck Smith, never should have been brought back, ifnyou want anskinny lineman, good, put another tackle out there, he's a useless pile of shit and always has been.

With Kroft back they should cut Smith and who caees about Croom, dude has done nothing other than Pegulas daughter.

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I'd be willing to try anything at TE, we are a complete mess in that position. And it's a really important one, especially in receiving.

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Croom > Smith, IMO.  It'll be interesting to see how this plays out.  :niterider:

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I thought Croom showed some promise last year.

Tommy Sweeney has made some nice catches but I'd try to shake things up and activate Croom. They can try to slide Sweeney to the practice squad.

 

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Even though his penalties drive me crazy I cant see McDermott cutting Lee Smith.

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The holding call on Lee Smith last game was complete bullshit.

Lee Smith brings value as a blocking TE and for his help on special teams.

If Jason Croom is going to be activated to the 53 an roster the logical choice would be to cut or place Tommy Sweeny on the IR.

Right now Dawson Knox and Tyler Kroft are higher on the depth chart than Jason Croom.

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39 minutes ago, junglesouljah said:

The holding call on Lee Smith last game was complete bullshit.

Lee Smith brings value as a blocking TE and for his help on special teams.

If Jason Croom is going to be activated to the 53 an roster the logical choice would be to cut or place Tommy Sweeny on the IR.

Right now Dawson Knox and Tyler Kroft are higher on the depth chart than Jason Croom.

And yet neither of them are as good.

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3 minutes ago, LiterateStylish said:

And yet neither of them are as good.

Both Knox and Kroft are better blockers than Croom. 

Knox is as explosive and just as good a reciever as Croom, and Kroft is a better receiver than Croom.

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49 minutes ago, junglesouljah said:

Both Knox and Kroft are better blockers than Croom. 

Knox is as explosive and just as good a reciever as Croom, and Kroft is a better receiver than Croom.

1) Kroft is not a good blocker, and has been getting worse at blocking every year (run block grade keeps going down).

2) Knox has more drops than catches.

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Croom is all potential, still hasn't done a thing other than look like he can be better than the steaming hot piles of shit Buffalo has run out at TE for the last 10 years.  Call me when he actually does something.

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