The Buccaneers are wasting little time reducing their roster from 75 players to 53, already informing a number of players their services will no longer be needed on Friday morning, well ahead of the deadline. Sixth-round draft pick Dan Vitale was among those who have been asked to turn in their playbook.
Greg Auman for the Tampa Bay Times broke the news, adding that the Bucs’ plan is to keep five tight ends. Undrafted rookie Alan Cross out of Memphis beat out Vitale, as did Brandon Myers, Cameron Brate, Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Luke Stocker.
Vitale caught two passes for three yards in preseason action, which obviously wasn’t enough to crack Tampa Bay’s strange glut of tight ends. There’s a chance the Bucs are hoping the Northwestern product will clear waivers and land on their practice squad.
It’s not so unusual for these later-round picks to have trouble making the roster, although with the Bucs having so much talent there in the first place, one has to wonder what they were thinking investing a pick there to begin with. Of course, this is the same organization that thought it wise to trade up into the second round to select a kicker, so perhaps nobody should be surprised by unorthodox decisions at this point.