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.
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 valued primarily for his special teams work.
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.
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.
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.
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|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||3||3.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|