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Bucs rookie Cade Otton "best option" to be No.1 TE in Tampa

6/26/2022 7:27:47 PM
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With the retirement of Rob Gronkowski, fourth-round rookie Cade Otton may be the "best option" to become the Buccaneers' No.1 tight end according to Scott Smith of

And SiriusXM NFL Radio analyst Shane Vereen, who covers Pac-10 games and played with Tom Brady for forur seasons in New England, expects Otton to be "one of the top rookie pass-catchers".  Vereen adds, "He is that good. He was a great college tight end. And I think he has the smarts to get on the same page in a Tom Brady offense. I think he’s going to surprise a lot of people.”

Unfortunately, Otton has yet to practice with Brady as he is still recovering from November ankle surgery and he never reached his full potential at Washington due to injuries.  He will be eight months removed from that surgery by the start of training camp and has every chance to supplant veteran Cameron Brate, who averaged under four targets and 70% of snaps in three starts for Gronkowski last year.  Brate is also an inferior blocker to Otton, which gives the rookie an edge to play every down as protecting Brady is the No.1 job in the Bucs offense.

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