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The Bucs waived McElroy on Tuesday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: McElroy was inconsistent during the Bucs' final preseason contest Saturday. He showed off his athleticism on a 20-yard touchdown catch, but he also missed his assignment on special teams that led to a blocked field-goal attempt. Tampa Bay has elected to keep just three tight ends -- Cameron Brate, O.J. Howard and Rob Gronkowski -- on their 53-man roster. McElroy will likely end up on the Bucs' practice squad if he clears waivers.
Aug 31, 2021 9:14 AM EST
McElroy secured both his targets for 32 yards and a touchdown in Saturday night's 23-16 preseason win over the Texans, but his missed assignment on a Jose Borregales field-goal attempt led to a blocked kick, Joey Knight of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Analysis: McElroy's 20-yard scoring connection with rookie quarterback Kyle Trask in the latter portion of the third quarter showed off the young tight end's athleticism and hands, but the special-teams gaffe is precisely the type of mistake a bubble player wants to steer clear of. Head coach Bruce Arians didn't mince words when commenting on the miscue, calling McElroy's miss "a total whiff" and noting "it didn't help his cause." The Buccaneers aren't even guaranteed to keep four tight ends when they make final roster cuts by Tuesday's deadline, and for what it's worth, Greg Auman of The Athletic projects Tampa Bay to keep neither Tanner Hudson nor McElroy on the 53-man roster to open the season.
Aug 30, 2021 6:07 AM EST
McElroy heads into Saturday night's preseason game against the Texans with a legitimate chance to unseat Tanner Hudson for a possible No. 4 tight end spot, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: The athletic McElroy has made an impression on head coach Bruce Arians in a very important category, that being his blocking. Arians noted "he's gotten better and better" with respect to McElroy's progress in that area, while Hudson, who's paced the Buccaneers in receptions in each of the first two exhibitions, continues to struggle with that aspect of his game. There's still no guarantee Tampa Bay will keep four tight ends, but that decision will likely largely be based on the performance of each player versus Houston.
Aug 28, 2021 4:19 PM EST
McElroy, who is battling for a reserve tight end role, has stood out with his sure hands during the first few days of training camp, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: The athletic McElroy is an intriguing prospect, considering he played two seasons of minor-league baseball and some college basketball before devoting himself to football on a full-time basis. The 6-foot-6, 255-pound Oklahoma State product is already 28 years old and counts a 30-yard grab back in 2019 as his only career NFL reception, but the Buccaneers thought enough of his potential to ink him to a reserve/futures contract in February following a 2020 season on the practice squad. McElroy is competing with fellow incumbent Tanner Hudson and journeyman Jerell Adams for a roster spot, and preseason games could ultimately be the deciding factor on who wins the job battle.
Jul 31, 2021 9:46 PM EST
McElroy signed a reserve/future contract with the Buccaneers on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: The 28-year-old appeared in one game for Tampa Bay in 2019 and spent most of the 2020 campaign on the practice squad. McElroy will face long odds to make the season-opening roster next season, assuming he sticks around until training camp.
Feb 9, 2021 7:32 PM EST
McElroy signed to Tampa Bay's practice squad Monday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: The 27-year-old made his NFL debut with the Buccaneers last year and had a 30-yard reception in his lone appearance, but he was waived at roster cutdowns in September. McElroy provides potential depth at tight end with O.J. Howard (Achilles) on injured reserve.
Oct 12, 2020 2:05 PM EST
The Buccaneers waived McElroy on Friday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Analysis: McElroy made his NFL debut at 27 years old last season, and he hauled in a 30-yard pass. However, with Rob Gronkowski, O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate on the roster, McElroy was a longshot to make it past cut day.
Sep 4, 2020 7:55 PM EST
McElroy (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 17 tilt against the Falcons, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: The rookie tight end made an impact on his one play in Week 16, corralling a 30-yard reception. However, with both O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate healthy for the finale and Tanner Hudson (concussion) returning to back them up, there was no room or need for McElroy in the finale.
Dec 29, 2019 8:51 AM EST
McElroy secured his only target for 30 yards in the Buccaneers' 23-20 loss to the Texans on Saturday.
Analysis: The undrafted rookie made his one catch count, recording the longest gain of the day through the air for the Buccaneers. McElroy is part of an all-hands-on-deck approach for Tampa's pass-catching corps necessitated by multiple injuries at the tail end of the season, and he should therefore have an opportunity showcase his skills working behind starters O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate in Week 17 versus the Falcons.
Dec 24, 2019 2:20 PM EST
McElroy was promoted to the Buccaneers' 53-man roster Wednesday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: McElroy joined Tampa Bay's practice squad in late October and will now get a chance on the active roster for the closing stretch of the season. The 27-year-old is unlikely to see much playing time with O.J. Howard, Cameron Brate and Jordan Leggett currently healthy and ahead of him on the depth chart.
Dec 18, 2019 3:14 PM EST
McElroy (undisclosed) tried out for the Buccaneers on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: McElroy was recently released with an injury settlement from the Cowboys due to an undisclosed injury, but as evidenced by this news, has shaken off the injury. Now appearing healthy, the 26-year-old will hope to latch on for a depth role elsewhere around the league.
Sep 24, 2019 6:01 PM EST
The Cowboys waived McElroy (undisclosed) from IR with an injury settlement Wednesday, per the league's official transactions report.
Analysis: McElroy was previously waived by Dallas before reverting to IR. The athletic tight end will now be free to look for a role elsewhere in the league when fully healthy.
Sep 6, 2019 8:56 AM EST
McElroy was cut by the Cowboys on Friday, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: McElroy joined the Cowboys in March and competed for a depth tight end role, but was ultimately unable to make the 53-man squad. He boasts athletic tools, having played two MLB seasons for the Atlanta Braves in 2014 and 2015, but remains a raw prospect. Still, McElroy could offer developmental upside.
Aug 30, 2019 1:57 PM EST
McElroy signed a contract with the Cowboys on Monday, Calvin Watkins of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: McElroy spent last offseason with the Rams, but was unable to make the team's 53-man squad and did not sign to another roster during the 2018 season. The 6-foot-6, 225-pound tight end remains a raw prospect, and likely faces tough odds to earn a role with the Cowboys despite his athletic tools.
Mar 11, 2019 12:58 PM EST
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