FB-TE Danny Vitale - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released fullback-tight end Danny Vitale, the team’s sixth-round pick. PewterReport.com has confirmed the news that was first reported by Tampa Bay Times writer Greg Auman. Vitale was outplayed by Alan Cross, an undrafted free agent fullback-tight end from Memphis, in the preseason.
Vitale, who was a primary offensive weapon at Northwestern, struggled as a lead-blocking fullback, and had just two catches for three yards heading into Wednesday night’s preseason finale against Washington. Vitale dropped a pass in that game, in addition to another drop in the preseason, but did have one reception for eight yards against the Redskins.
Cross entered the final preseason game with two catches for 20 yards, and had a 7-yard reception versus Washington. He is expected to be one of five tight ends the Bucs plan on keeping this year, which include Cameron Brate, Luke Stocker, Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Brandon Myers. Head coach Dirk Koetter likes to use two- and three-tight end sets.
If Vitale, who had three special teams tackles, clears waivers and the team thinks highly enough of him he could return to Tampa Bay as a practice squad player.
Scott Reynolds is in his 23rd year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds enjoys giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]
Not surprised despite all they hype and Alstott comparisons he didn’t do much in practice or games. I don’t know much about Cross.
A little surprised by this but me thinks they want to get him to practice squad. Cut him early before other clubs trim rosters. Better odds to get him there.
Hopefully this will be the last time Vitale’s name is ever mentioned in the same sentence as a Buccaneer legend by anyone.
Second year in a row that we used a draft pick to select a FB (with some catching skills) and ended up cutting them in the first wave.
Hope Vitale does not end up in New England.
From what I was seeing in practice and the limited time he played in the exhibition games, he never looked like anything special.
22 CUTS/POSSIBLE PRACTICE SQUAD (10 selected)
96 Matthews, Cliff DE 6-4 268 26 5 South Carolina
59 Brown, Kourtnei DE 6-4 253 27 1 Clemson
70 Francis, A.J. DT 6-5 330 26 3 Maryland
33 McFadden, Kimario S 5-11 197 25 1 South Carolina State
44 Hansbrough, Russell RB 5-9 195 R Missouri
86 Reedy, Bernard WR 5-9 175 24 1 Toledo
33 Vitale, Dan TE 6-2 225 24 R Northwestern
50 Rhodes, Luke LB 6-2 242 R William & Mary
35 Elliott, Javien CB 5-11 176 22 R Florida State
86 Cartwright, Kivon TE 6-4 245 24 R Colorado State
44 Awe, Micah LB 6-0 221 22 R Texas Tech
52 George, Jeremiah LB 5-11 234 24 3 Iowa State
57 Keyes, Josh LB 6-2 223 22 2 Boston College
72 Gottschalk, Ben C 6-5 293 23 1 Southern Methodist
43 Barber, Peyton RB 5-11 225 R Auburn
10 Krause, Jonathan WR 5-11 190 24 2 Vanderbilt
16 Martino, Freddie WR 6-0 195 24 1 North Greenville
80 Bell, Kenny WR 6-1 197 23 R Nebraska
39 Johnson, Isaiah S 6-0 209 R South Carolina
67 Kerbyson, Kyler T 6-4 305 23 R Tennessee
70 Palmer, Kelvin G 6-4 290 23 2 Baylor
61 Allen, Josh C 6-3 315 24 1 Louisiana-Monroe
* Injured players (Bell/Reedy) may be waived injured or to IR
HEEEEEEY MAC! Good to see you my friend. Stop in and say hi every now and then.
Though macabee moved to Fiji. Welcome back.
Nooo! I can’t leave you guys. Said I would pop in once in a while, but I read everyday! Thought the roster info might be helpful. Go Bucs!
our TE core is very light on blocking ability….i know nothing about Cross, but I have to assume he stood out in that area and\or special teams and that’s what made him more immediately useful than Vitale
Cross played better and earned the spot on the roster. We have always had our traing camp favorites and rarely are they what we thought they were. On the other hand, some other undrafted FA’s may make it, including Cross.
Remember when Vitale was the next Mike Alstott lol
I remember people comparing him to Mike Alstott. I am pretty amazed we kept 5 TE’S. We may not even have one worthy of starting in the NFL.
ASJ will surprise us all. Hoping so anyways.
He has the ability, but he can’t stay healthy and lacks the character .
I hope Dickie V isn’t disappointed.
I think Vitale was more of a runner, that’s why he got the Alstott comparisons. Alstott wasn’t much of a blocker either, but man he could run the heck out of the ball. Unfortunately we never got see what Vitale could do as a runner as it was a full stable of runners in the backfield. I wish Vitale the best of luck.
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