Tanner Hudson

Tanner Hudson

Tight End #0
Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Ht / Wt:6'5" / 239 lb.
College:Southern Arkansas
Drafted:2018 / UDFA

Tanner Hudson: Tendered by Tampa

The Buccaneers signed Hudson to a one-year contract Friday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Hudson was eligible to be tendered as an exclusive rights free agent, and the Buccaneers have opted to exercise exactly that option. With the team reportedly considering dealing O.J. Howard and/or Cameron Brate, Hudson could be in line for an increased role in 2020. He recorded two catches for 26 yards across nine contests last season.

March 13, 2020 10:26 AM EST

Tanner Hudson: Minimal action in '19

Hudson finished the 2019 season with two receptions (five targets) for 26 yards.

Analysis: The athletic tight end was one of the stars of preseason, but come the regular campaign, he saw minimal action from scrimmage except for his first two games. Hudson logged 21 and 49 snaps, respectively, in Weeks 8 and 9, the first two games he suited up for. However, he logged no more than seven snaps on offense in any game the rest of the way, while also putting in a handful of snaps on special teams each week. Hudson is an exclusive-rights free agent this offseason, and he therefore projects to return in 2020 and potentially compete for the third tight end role with Antony Auclair.

January 12, 2020 10:54 PM EST

Tanner Hudson: Ready for Week 17

Hudson (concussion) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Falcons.

Analysis: The 25-year-old missed Week 16 due to the concussion but will make his return for the season finale. Hudson should work as the Buccaneers' No. 3 tight end since O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate are currently healthy.

December 27, 2019 3:47 PM EST

Tanner Hudson: Practices fully

Hudson (concussion) was projected to be a full participant in the team's projected practice report Wednesday.

Analysis: Hudson was held out of the team's Week 16 matchup against the Texans with a concussion. It's progress that Hudson was projected to practice fully Wednesday, though he will still need to clear the league's concussion protocol before he can participate in the team's Week 17 matchup against the Falcons.

December 25, 2019 12:27 PM EST

Tanner Hudson: Won't face Texans

Hudson (concussion) is ruled out for Saturday's contest against the Texans, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Hudson will remain sidelined until he clears the league's five-step protocol for concussions. O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate are in line to serve as Tampa Bay's top tight ends against Houston on Saturday.

December 19, 2019 9:28 AM EST

Tanner Hudson: In concussion protocol

Hudson (concussion) did not participate in Tuesday's practice, Carmen Vitali of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Hudson played just six snaps before departing Sunday. Jordan Leggett is in line to replace him if the 25-year-old isn't ready for Saturday's tilt against the Texans.

December 17, 2019 2:13 PM EST

Tanner Hudson: Suffers possible concussion

Hudson left Sunday's game against the Lions to be evaluated for a concussion, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Analysis: The injury was announced in the latter stages of the fourth quarter, so Hudson may not be able to return regardless of whether or not he has a concussion. The 25-year-old caught his lone target for 14 yards prior to leaving the game.

December 15, 2019 1:08 PM EST

Tanner Hudson: Seals roster spot with TD

Hudson brought in two of five targets for 19 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' 17-15 preseason win over the Cowboys on Thursday, which helped him secure a spot on the final 53-man roster.

Analysis: Hudson began shining in training camp practices and never let up, completing a rather improbable journey to a spot on the final 53-man roster with his third touchdown grab of the preseason Thursday. Hudson's blocking still has plenty of room for development, but he's proven to be an above-average downfield target at 6-foot-5. The Southern Arkansas product could still find snaps from scrimmage hard to come by to open the regular season, however, with O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate naturally dominating the majority of playing time at the position and Anthony Auclair (calf) also set to log time as an in-line blocker.

September 1, 2019 9:44 PM EST

Tanner Hudson: Co-leads team in receptions

Hudson brought in four of seven targets for 49 yards in the Buccaneers' 13-12 preseason win over the Browns on Friday.

Analysis: 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 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.

August 24, 2019 6:26 AM EST

Tanner Hudson: Excels again in preseason win

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.

Analysis: 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 his 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.

August 17, 2019 10:04 AM EST

Tanner Hudson: Experiencing summertime surge

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.

Analysis: 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, Carmen Vitali of the team's official site reports. He'll look to continue impressing versus Miami in Friday night's exhibition.

August 14, 2019 10:30 PM EST

Tanner Hudson: Promoted from practice squad

The Buccaneers signed Hudson from their practice squad on Tuesday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: 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.

December 11, 2018 12:29 PM EST

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