Hudson brought in four of seven targets for 49 yards in the Buccaneers' 13-12 preseason win over the Browns on Friday.
Hudson's catch total co-led the Buccaneers on the night, while his receiving yardage checked in second only to that of Chris Godwin's. The second-year tight end has excelled throughout the preseason, and his chances of securing a spot at final cutdowns may have gone up significantly if the calf injury suffered by fellow reserve tight end Anthony Auclair in Friday's contest proves to be a long-term issue. Hudson is likely headed for extended action in next Thursday's preseason finale against the Cowboys, giving him one more opportunity to make his case.
Hudson brought in six of seven targets for 93 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' 16-14 preseason win over the Dolphins on Friday.
For the second time in as many exhibitions, Hudson rose to the forefront in the second half. The athletic tight end is making a significant push to potentially secure the third slot on the depth chart behind O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate, although he'll have to presumably prove he can provide comparable blocking to Anthony Auclair, who's served as the in-line option at the position over much of the last two seasons. Hudson had the good fortune of making two of his biggest catches with the game on the line, as he notched 18- and 27-yard grabs to solely move the Buccaneers into position for what would turn out to be a game-winning field goal by Matt Gay.
Hudson, who brought in seven of nine targets for 84 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' 30-28 preseason loss to the Steelers last Friday, has continued to stand out in joint practices with the Dolphins the last two days, Carmen Vitali of the team's official site reports.
The second-year tight end made a solid impression on the practice squad last season and was promoted in December when the Buccaneers were thin at the position following O.J. Howard's season-ending ankle injury. Hudson is an athletic specimen with good size (6-foot-5, 240 pounds), and his ability to get down the seam was on full display during a fourth-quarter comeback attempt in last Friday's preseason opener. Hudson followed that up in Tuesday's joint practice against the Dolphins by consistently getting the best of Miami's second-team defense and will look to continue impressing versus Miami in Friday night's exhibition.
The Buccaneers signed Hudson from their practice squad on Tuesday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Hudson has impressed on Tampa Bay's practice squad all season, and will now have a shot to make his NFL debut. The undrafted rookie has some opportunity for targets with O.J. Howard (ankle) on injured reserve, but is unlikely to see a significant offensive workload behind Cameron Brate, Alan Cross and Antony Auclair.
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