While the Bucs have kept most of the band together, returning all 22 starters from their 2020 Super Bowl winning team, the roster will look a little different this upcoming season.
After losing backup offensive tackle Joe Haeg, safety Andrew Adams and reserve cornerback and special teams ace Ryan Smith in free agency a report on Wednesday says backup tight end Antony Auclair will be joining the Houston Texans.
Auclair joined the Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent in 2017 and made the Buccaneers’ 53-man roster as the only undrafted rookie that season. He was also drafted by the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the 4th round with the 30th overall pick in the 2017 CFL Draft but decided to take his chances in the NFL.
Auclair, a native of Quebec, Canada, played his college football north of the border for Laval and was a standout at the East-West Shrine Game in 2017 in St. Petersburg where the Buccaneers were able to see him up close and in person.
Over his four season in Tampa Bay Auclair saw action in 40 games and he caught 10 passes for 84 yards. Used primarily as a reserve blocking tight end, injuries played a toll on his production, limiting him to just eight games in each of the last two seasons. Auclair was placed on inured reserve on September 18 with a calf injury and was activated to the roster on October 31. Auclair didn’t record a catch in 2020, and had just one reception for the Buccaneers in 2019.
Despite losing Auclair the Bucs appear solid at the tight end position with returning starter Rob Gronkowski back on a one-year contract and O.J. Howard who is recovering from an Achilles injury suffered last season against the Chargers. Veteran tight end Cameron Brate is returning as is reserve Tanner Hudson. The Buccaneers also have Codey McElroy as well.
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, the beach and family time.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 firstname.lastname@example.org