Making a football team as a sixth round draft pick isn’t the easiest of tasks as FB-TE Danny Vitale found out this summer. Despite high hopes from many in the organization, the former Northwestern standout was caught in a numbers game, and his roster spot was claimed by undrafted rookie Alan Cross during the team’s final cut downs last week.
Danny Vitale – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
On Friday however, Vitale, who was the subject of PewterReport.com’s Training Camp Diary this camp, is again a member of the Buccaneers, albeit, on the team’s 10-man practice squad.
After being waived by the Buccaneers a week ago, Vitale was picked up by the Buffalo Bills, but was subsequently cut a few days later after failing a physical. After clearing waivers this time around, Tampa Bay pounced on bringing Vitale back to see how he develops during the season.
Tampa Bay has a log jam at tight end with Cameron Brate, Cross, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Luke Stocker and Brandon Myers, so the opportunity to be promoted tho season could be tough unless the Buccaneers suffer a rash of injuries at the position.
Vitale takes the place of wide receiver Evan Spencer who choose to retire on Friday.
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]
The failed physical in Buffalo was kinda glossed over. Details on that might’ve been a good idea in this story, if you can get that info. I believe I read somewhere that it was a shoulder situation? If so, why was this not an issue for the Bucs? Worth pursuing that angle, especially in light of the Sweezy signing in free agency… Are the Bucs avoiding due diligence on medical conditions when they draft or sign someone in free agency? Might warrant some research, IMO.
I agree with buccaneerNW, a little more reporting would be nice. Also more reporting on the Evan Spencer Reserve/Retired List.
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