Bucs Have Interest In Veteran TE


With Rob Gronkowski’s retirement, the Bucs are skinny on expertise on the tight finish place. That may change quickly, as ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported Thursday night that Tampa Bay has curiosity in veteran Kyle Rudolph, who stays a free agent.

Rudolph’s title was instantly floated in reference to the Bucs as a veteran substitute for Gronkowski final month. The 11-year veteran most just lately performed with the Giants, posting 26 catches for 257 yards (9.9 avg.) and one landing in 16 video games (13 begins) final yr.

Earlier than his one-year stint with the Giants, he spent 10 years with the Vikings. Throughout his time in Minnesota, he totaled 453 catches for 4,488 yards (9.9 avg) and 48 touchdowns. He was a Professional Bowl choice in 2012 and 2017.

What Would Rudolph Add To The Bucs’ Tight Finish Room?

Bucs TE Cam Brate – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

There’s no denying that Rudolph can be a helpful veteran presence for Tampa Bay’s tight finish group. Cameron Brate is at the moment the one skilled participant the crew has on the place. Rookies Cade Otton, Ko Kieft, JJ Howland and Ben Beise are additionally within the combine, as is longtime follow squad member Codey McElroy.

Rudolph might be 33 in November, so he’s positively nearing the top of his professional profession. With that mentioned, it’s honest to surprise how a lot he has left within the tank. His 2021 season wasn’t particularly spectacular. He earned a 63.5 total grade from Professional Soccer Focus whereas grading out with a 63.4 receiving grade. His 62.9 pass-blocking grade is a far cry from Gronkowski’s 70.1 mark, however his 59.5 run-blocking grade is a bit higher than Gronkowski’s 51.4. It goes with out saying that his receiving numbers are a step down from what the Bucs acquired out of Gronk final yr, too. 

Whether or not the Bucs signal Rudolph or not, it’s value monitoring whether or not they make any strikes on the tight finish place. Gronkowski reaffirmed his retirement earlier this week, so Tampa Bay now faces a call. Does the crew stand pat and wait to see if Otton or one other tight finish emerges throughout coaching camp? Or will a transfer be made earlier than the crew will get again collectively in a few weeks? Keep tuned.   



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