Tampa Bay Buccaneers Codey McElroy, who had several long stints on Tampa Bay’s practice squad, was waived with an injury designation on Tuesday, leaving the Bucs with six tight ends on the roster for the start of training camp on Wednesday Scott Smith .
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers waived freshman tight end Codey McElroy with an injury designation on Tuesday, a day before the start of training camp practices.
The move puts the Buccaneers’ roster at 89 players, one short of the cap. That spot wasn’t immediately filled Tuesday, but it likely won’t stay open for long.
McElroy spent most of the past two and a half seasons on Tampa Bay’s practice squad, though he had a brief stint on the active roster late in 2019, appearing in one game and recording a 30-yard reception. He was also elevated from the practice squad on several occasions last season, playing in two regular season contests.
McElroy first entered the league as an undrafted free agent out of Southeastern Oklahoma, signing with the Los Angeles Rams in May 2018. He also went to training camp with the Dallas Cowboys in 2019. He first signed with the Buccaneers’ practice squad in October of that same season.
McElroy’s departure gives the Buccaneers one less candidate in their efforts to replace tight ends Rob Gronkowski, who retired in June, and OJ Howard, who signed with the Buffalo Bills as an unrestricted free agent. The team still has six tight ends on the camp roster, including two experienced veterans, two 2022 draft picks and two undrafted rookies.
The veterans are Cameron Brate, who is third in franchise history with 33 touchdown receptions, and recently signed Kyle Rudolph, who had 479 career receptions and most recently played for the New York Giants in 2021. The draft picks are Cade Otton , fourth round. out of Washington and sixth rounder Ko Kieft out of Minnesota; Otton has the potential to be a two-way tight end in the “Y” while Kieft is known for his powerful blocking. Undrafted rookies Ben Beise of Wisconsin-River Falls and JJ Howland of Yale round out the group.
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