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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.

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About the Author: Mark Cook

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 mark@pewterreport.com
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Pete Wood
5 months ago

I think if the Bucs wanted him on the team, he’d still be playing for them. I wish him well.

5 months ago

Drafting Tommy Tremble in the upcoming draft will be a upgrade from Auclair. He can block and catch. Blocking being the most important in Bruce Arians offense

Reply to  KhanRada
5 months ago

Are u nuts. We need to draft TE’s like we need extra WR’s. Good luck to Auclair, he will need it playing for the rudderless Texans.

5 months ago

Man, for some reason I would have sworn Auair was more productive than that! Oh well, good luck to him, he seemed like a good Dude.

5 months ago

Happy for Auclair! Glad to see he found a new team, already spending 4 years in the NFL is more than most undrafted (or even drafted players) can claim. Hope he gets a chance to contribute and stays healthy. Good luck!

5 months ago

Good blocking TE…but not nearly the talent of three other guys we have under contract.
Good luck to him.

5 months ago

Noooooooooo! ha

5 months ago

My best to him as it worked out for everyone’s benefit; we got depth for blocking and he learned other facets at the TE spot which created value for his benefit.

5 months ago

With all the drama going on in Houston right now, Auclair should shine brightly in Texas and get lotsa playing time. Best of luck to him

Erik Jager
5 months ago

The Buccaneers are going to have to do one of three options to get under the luxury tax.
1. Rework Jensen contract
2. Trade Cameron Brate
3. Trade William Gholston
Personally I think that trading Brate would the most productive option. Maybe the Buccaneers can get a 4th or 5th round pick for him. The Buccaneers’ last draft position is going to hurt them. Their 5th-7th round picks should be used for moving up in the lower rounds.

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