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TE Croom hopes to put playmaking ability on display

Posted May 15, 2017

He was the MVP of the Tropical bowl pre-draft all-star game with a pair of touchdowns. Now TE Jason Croom hopes to show that playmaking ability to Buffalo's coaching staff.


As an undrafted rookie signing TE Jason Croom knows nothing is guaranteed with respect to an NFL career. But with just three other tight ends on the roster, the amount of players he has to outperform to is minimal. Croom got to work making a positive first impression on Sean McDermott and his coaching staff in rookie minicamp over the weekend.

Croom went to Tennessee as a wide receiver and played that position for the majority of his time with the Vols until his senior season when he switched to tight end.

Croom stands 6-5 inches and weighs 246 pounds. Despite his long, angule frame he ran 4.69 in the 40-yard dash at his pro day.

With Croom’s size, speed and experience catching the ball, he hopes to prove he can be a threat as a pass catcher.

“Route running, catching the ball. Just having that receiver background. I also just want to see improvement in myself a lot,” Croom said in describing the strong points of his game. “That is what keeps me going.”

With the transition late in his college career to tight end, Croom had to change his mindset and learn a whole new position. There are some similarities but his role was completely different.

“It’s going well. I’m just finding ways to improve my game constantly. I’m just looking forward to learn a lot from coach,” he said. “When it comes to blocking, its just all about are you willing to do it. I know that I am. 

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“Whenever I go out there, I just go hard. If its technique that needs to be improved, coaches tell me or I ask him what he thought about it.  I’m always trying to get feed back on it because that is something that I want to be one of the strong points in my game.”

Croom took advantage of the extra time with coaches during rookie minicamp with the veterans not yet participating.  

“Just show them that I’m making continuous improvement and just taking advantage of the opportunity that I have been given,” he said.

While Croom was at Tennessee, he missed a significant amount of time due to knee and shoulder injuries. Croom took a medical redshirt season his freshman year in 2012 after playing in just three games then missed all of his junior year in 2015 with a knee injury that occurred in 2014. 

Missing time meant Croom unfortunately missed opportunities to further develop his game and stand out on the stat sheet.

“I’ve been doing well. The people that did the surgeries did a good job on them. The staff that I had back at Tennessee did a good job of helping me recover and getting me back on that field.” he said.

Croom assured there have been no lingering effects from the injuries he obtained in college.

Bills rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman also played at the University of Tennessee for a couple of seasons before transferring to Pittsburgh. Peterman was there from 2013-2014 and those were two years that Croom was healthy for.

For Peterman it was nice to see a familiar face running routes.

“For sure (there’s chemistry). Jason and played together in an all-star game in high school even. So we’ve had a lot of time together,” said Peterman. “We got a throw in early last week too. We were both around Atlanta so I definitely have a lot of chemistry with him. He’s a talented guy and it’s good to be back with him.”

Croom knows he’s only going to make the roster by making a difference in the passing game. So any added chemistry with a Bills quarterback is a plus. Making the most of his opportunities will be on him moving forward.

 

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