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January 16, 2019 05:32 PM
Buccaneers' Alan Cross: May switch to full-time coaching
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cross (shoulder) accepted a position last week as an assistant coach for the University of Memphis football team, Jonah Jordan of The Daily Memphian reports.

Cross played 14 games for the Buccaneers in 2018, logging two catches for nine yards on five targets before ending the season on injured reserve due to a shoulder issue. Set to become a restricted free agent this offseason, the 25-year-old now faces the decision of whether to continue his playing career or return to his alma mater as a coach on a full-time basis. At least for the time being, Cross is keeping his options open for 2019 and could play if he receives the right offer, according to Greg Auman of The Athletic.

December 18, 2018 05:16 PM
Buccaneers' Alan Cross: Headed to injured reserve
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cross (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Scott Smith of reports.

The shoulder injury that forced Cross to the sideline during Sunday's loss to the Ravens is severe enough to send the tight end to the injured reserve list as well. Cross' 2018 campaign comes to an end with two catches for nine yards on five targets in 14 games.

December 16, 2018 03:44 PM
Buccaneers' Alan Cross: Leaves with shoulder injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cross won't return to Sunday's game against the Ravens after sustaining a shoulder injury, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Cross was originally questionable to return before being downgraded. Anthony Auclair is the only other active tight end for the Buccaneers behind starter Cameron Brate.

December 3, 2018 07:44 AM
Buccaneers' Alan Cross: Remains minimally involved
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cross brought in his only target for three yards in the Buccaneers' 24-17 win over the Panthers on Sunday.

As expected, Cross was essentially an afterthought in the Buccaneers' air attack. The versatile second-year pro is likely to enjoy active status for the remaining four games of the campaign, due to Tampa being short-handed at tight end with the season-ending ankle and foot injuries to O.J. Howard. However, Cross is slated to serve almost exclusively as a blocker, freeing Cameron Brate to fill the role of the pass-catching option at the position.

November 5, 2018 12:20 PM
Buccaneers' Alan Cross: Fails to come up with sole target in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cross couldn't come up with his one target in the Buccaneers' 42-28 loss to the Panthers on Sunday.

The second-year H-back only logged four snaps from scrimmage, and he continues to be an afterthought in the Buccaneers offense. With three players -- O.J. Howard, Cameron Brate and Anthony Auclair -- effectively in front of him on the tight depth chart, Cross currently possesses next to no fantasy value and remains primarily valued for his special teams work.

October 22, 2018 02:08 PM
Buccaneers' Alan Cross: Records first catch of season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cross brought in one of two targets for six yards in the Buccaneers' 26-23 overtime win over the Browns on Sunday.

The third-year pro was one of four tight ends to log snaps from scrimmage for the Bucs on Sunday. Cross' role figures to continue heavily centered on run blocking and special teams unless injuries befall players in front of him on the depth chart.

August 10, 2018 06:00 PM
Buccaneers' Alan Cross: Roster spot seemingly secure
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Head coach Dirk Koetter relayed Friday "I'd say he's (Cross) not on the bubble" in terms of a roster spot, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official sitereports.

Cross appears to have distanced himself from the other potential candidates to fill a depth role for the Bucs at tight end this season, working behind the duo of Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard. It's unlikely he will see the field a lot during 2018 barring injuries, but Koetter raved about Cross and his knowledge of all the tight end positions.

August 3, 2018 03:48 PM
Buccaneers' Alan Cross: Back at practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cross (groin) was seen practicing at the start of training camp, Chris Urso of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Cross underwent sports hernia surgery in January after playing through the injury all season. His participation since the start of training camp would suggest that the tight end is fully recovered, and he should be ready to go for the start of preseason.

January 11, 2018 03:12 PM
Buccaneers' Alan Cross: Undergoes sports hernia surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cross underwent sports hernia surgery in Philadelphia on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports.

Cross played through the injury all year and is expected to recover in time for offseason workouts this spring.

January 2, 2018 06:44 PM
Buccaneers' Alan Cross: Brings in only target in finale
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cross hauled in his sole target for 11 yards in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Saints.

The second-year tight end had a typically modest role to finish off the season, posting only his fifth catch of 2017. Cross' upside is limited overall, but he's shown dependable hands and has been solid in a blocking role during his intermittent opportunities over the last two campaigns. The 24-year-old would cost the Buccaneers a reasonable $630,000 in 2018, which should help his chances of being given every opportunity to compete for a job at the back of the tight end depth chart behind Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard (IR-ankle).

December 19, 2017 04:04 PM
Buccaneers' Alan Cross: Logs 23-yard reception in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cross brought in one of two targets for 23 yards in Monday night's 24-21 loss to the Falcons.

The second-year fullback/tight end hybrid managed just his fourth reception of the season, but he could be primed for an uptick in opportunity over the final two games of the regular season. Fellow tight end O.J. Howard (ankle) is likely to be placed on injured reserve as per Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, which would leave Cross and Antony Auclair to split backup reps behind starter Cameron Brate.

December 4, 2017 08:40 PM
Buccaneers' Alan Cross: Logs reception in OT loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cross brought in his only target for 13 yards in Sunday's 26-20 overtime loss to the Packers.

Just promoted from the practice squad last Tuesday, Cross saw action on 14 snaps from scrimmage, along with another 20 on special teams. The reserve tight end projects to be used sparingly behind the likes of Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard, with his primary value likely to be derived from his run-blocking and special teams work.

November 29, 2017 07:04 PM
Buccaneers' Alan Cross: Promoted to active roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cross was promoted to the Buccaneers' active roster Tuesday, Adam Caplan of reports.

Cross signed with the Buccaneers' practice squad at the beginning of October after spending time on the active roster earlier in the season. In three games with the Buccaneers, Cross has recorded two receptions for 11 yards, playing mostly on special teams during the stint. Look for a similar workload this time around.

October 4, 2017 09:04 PM
Alan Cross: Joins Bucs' practice squad
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cross cleared waivers Monday and re-signed with the Buccaneers' practice squad, Roy Cummings of WFLA NewsChannel 8 reports.

Cross was waived by the team Monday and cleared waivers as expected. The 24-year-old had two catches totaling 11 yards in three games with the club. He will now wait for another opportunity to be called up.

October 2, 2017 01:16 PM
Alan Cross: Let go by Tampa Bay
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Buccaneers waived Cross on Monday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

With four other tight ends on the roster, Cross became expendable when the Buccaneers had a greater need to address depth at another position. Cross had appeared in all three of the Bucs' games, hauling in both of his targets for 11 yards.

September 25, 2017 02:20 PM
Buccaneers' Alan Cross: Another catch in Week 3 loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cross brought in his only target for five yards in Sunday's 34-17 loss to the Vikings.

As expected, Cross was minimally involved, with his primary responsibilities falling almost exclusively within the area of run blocking. The second-year tight end offers virtually no fantasy value in any format due to his role and the fact the talented duo of Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard is ahead of him on the depth chart.

September 18, 2017 10:40 PM
Buccaneers' Alan Cross: Logs reception in opener
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cross corralled his only target for six yards in Sunday's 29-7 win over the Bears.

The reserve tight end was in on 16 offensive snaps and managed to get on the stat sheet in addition to serving as a blocker in the running game. Cross' level of production Sunday is likely representative of the type of modest numbers he'll provide on a weekly basis this season.

August 30, 2017 01:12 AM
Buccaneers' Alan Cross: Solid in third preseason tilt
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cross brought in both of his targets for 20 yards in Saturday's 13-9 preseason loss to the Browns.

Cross played a total of 26 snaps (11 offense, 15 special teams) and once again acquitted himself well in his bid for the fourth tight end spot. Meanwhile, primary competitor Antony Auclair was in on 17 offensive snaps but wasn't targeted. Cross has logged a total of six receptions for 58 yards through the first three exhibitions, and he'll have a chance to make a final case for a roster spot in Thursday's preseason finale against the Redskins.

August 21, 2017 02:32 PM
Buccaneers' Alan Cross: Makes pair of catches Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cross secured both of his targets for eight yards in Thursday's 12-8 preseason win over the Jaguars.

Cross duplicated his two-catch effort from the preseason opener, albeit for much lesser yardage. The second-year player is battling Canadian import Antony Auclair, among others, for what would be the fourth tight end spot. Cross boasts the advantage of having already logged 14 games with the Buccaneers last season, although the 6-foot-5 Auclair does possess superior measurables.

August 16, 2017 11:12 PM
Buccaneers' Alan Cross: Continues earning accolades
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cross, whose two-reception, 30 yard-effort in last Friday's preseason opener against the Bengals earned him praise from head coach Dirk Koetter, has a chance to earn a backup tight end role once again this season, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Cross beat the odds last season to make the roster as an undrafted free agent and is on a quest to do the same in 2017, despite the significant upgrade in talent at the top of the positional depth chart. Dynamic first-round pick O.J. Howard and the emerging Cameron Brate are naturally locks for the final roster, while veteran Luke Stocker is likely to be kept around for a seventh season due to his in-line blocking prowess. That leaves Cross in a battle with the likes of Austin Johnson, Tevin Westbrook and the impressive Antony Auclair for a possible fourth tight end spot, one that he'll look to get the upper hand in during Thursday's contest versus the Jaguars.


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