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.

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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 25th 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 spent six years 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: sr@pewterreport.com
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fredster
4 years ago

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.

jme0151
4 years ago

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.

D-Rome
4 years ago

Hopefully this will be the last time Vitale’s name is ever mentioned in the same sentence as a Buccaneer legend by anyone.

NeckGlennon
4 years ago

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.

scubog
4 years ago

From what I was seeing in practice and the limited time he played in the exhibition games, he never looked like anything special.

macabee
4 years ago

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… Read more »

cgmaster27
Reply to  macabee
4 years ago

HEEEEEEY MAC! Good to see you my friend. Stop in and say hi every now and then.

chetthevette
Reply to  macabee
4 years ago

Though macabee moved to Fiji. Welcome back.

macabee
Reply to  macabee
4 years ago

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!