Buccaneers: At the wire final 53-man roster prediction
By Cory Kinnan
Expecting a breakout year, O.J. Howard has the chance to become one of the best tight ends in the league in 2019 if he can stay healthy. Howard could see an increase of targets over the middle and down the seam as he looks to exploit mismatches in Arians’ vertical system.
Barring a significant trade offer from a tight end needy team, Cameron Brate looks to stick around in Tampa Bay for another season. One of Winston’s favorite targets, Brate has been a significant red zone threat for the Buccaneers over the last three seasons.
Even while dealing with an injury, Auclair more than likely retains a roster spot for the Buccaneers as their third tight end. His injury, however, likely gives a roster spot to a fourth tight end in Tampa, at least to start the season.
A breakout star this preseason for the Buccaneers, Tanner Hudson will make the roster while Auclair recovers, and maybe beyond. He has led the Buccaneers in receiving through the preseason and will likely catch on elsewhere around the league if the Buccaneers choose to move on from him it any point.