Sooner or later after the Bucs reportedly agreed to phrases with tight finish Kyle Rudolph, they’re getting extra excellent news on the place. Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Instances reported Thursday that rookie Cade Otton has been medically cleared for coaching camp.
#Bucs rookie TE Cade Otton, who missed OTAs and minicamp recovering from ankle surgical procedure, has been cleared to start coaching camp July 27.
— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) July 21, 2022
The Bucs chosen Otton with the primary choose within the fourth spherical of this 12 months’s draft. The choice got here from a earlier trade-down with Jacksonville. Otton is a conventional in-line “Y” tight finish who will contribute as a blocker and receiver for the Bucs. He suffered an ankle damage on the finish of his closing school season that sidelined him for all of offseason camp. Although he couldn’t take part in drills, he took psychological reps and put himself by way of the motions as a lot as potential. He additionally frolicked hovering close to tight ends coach John Van Dam and veteran Cameron Brate.
From the Washington pipeline, he joins former teammates Joe Tryon-Shoyinka, Vita Vea and Benning Potoa’e with the Bucs. Final season for the Huskies, he totaled 28 receptions for 250 yards and a landing in a run-heavy offense. Over his 4 years in school, he made 91 catches for 1,026 yards and 9 touchdowns.
The arrival of Rudolph ought to enable Otton to develop behind the scenes as he takes within the playbook and the leap to NFL competitors.