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.
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.
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 the season. 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).
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.
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.
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|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||8||4||5||58||11.6||23||0||1||0||3|
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|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||14||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||2||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|