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: Quiet finish to season

Hudson failed to bring in his only target during the Buccaneers' 31-9 win over the Chiefs in Super Bowl LV on Sunday.

Analysis: The second-year tight end unsurprisingly had a minimal role throughout the regular campaign, furnishing a 3-41 line on seven targets over 11 games with active status. Hudson ultimately was in uniform for all four of the Buccaneers' postseason contests, although Sunday's game was the first in which he saw a target. The athletic 26-year-old has shown some ability to get downfield during his time in Tampa Bay, but after playing 2020 on a one-year deal, it remains to be seen if Hudson will be brought back for further development next season with both Rob Gronkowski and Cameron Brate potentially set to return.

February 8, 2021 9:53 AM EST

Tanner Hudson: Healthy scratch for Week 17

Hudson (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Falcons.

Analysis: Hudson didn't miss any practice time throughout the week, but the 26-year-old will sit out his fifth game of the regular season Sunday. The backup tight end has hauled in three of his seven targets for 41 yards during his second season with the Buccaneers. Last Saturday against Detroit he played a season-high 22 offensive snaps, but he's considered a healthy scratch to close out the regular-season slate.

January 3, 2021 9:03 AM EST

Tanner Hudson: Sees rare opportunity Saturday

Hudson brought in his only target for a 20-yard reception in the Buccaneers' 47-7 win over the Lions on Saturday.

Analysis: The backup tight end logged a season-high 22 snaps from scrimmage in the blowout win, with the lopsided nature of the contest undoubtedly playing an integral part in his expanded opportunity. Hudson has just a 3-41 line over 11 games this season, but he could be in for some extra reps on offense again in Week 17 against the Falcons if coach Bruce Arians opts to give some of his first-unit players some rest.

December 28, 2020 9:14 AM EST

Tanner Hudson: Back with team

Hudson (personal) was a full participant during Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: Hudson was ruled out of Week 12's game against the Chiefs following the passing of his father, so as evidenced by this news, he's returned to the team. Hudson will return to his depth tight end role for Sunday's game against the Vikings, as he's compiled just two catches for 26 yards this campaign.

December 9, 2020 5:18 PM EST

Tanner Hudson: Out against Chiefs

Hudson (personal) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Chiefs.

Analysis: Hudson will miss a second straight game following the passing of his father. His next chance to play is following the team's Week 13 bye. Antony Auclair should see an uptick in usage again behind Rob Gronkowski and Cameron Brate.

November 27, 2020 4:37 PM EST

Tanner Hudson: Out Week 11

Hudson (personal) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Rams, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Hudson has been spending time with his family after his father passed away, so he won't be with the team for Week 11. Antony Auclair will serve as the depth tight end behind Rob Gronkowski and Cameron Brate on Monday.

November 21, 2020 7:46 PM EST

Tanner Hudson: Logs seven snaps in win

Hudson did not record any statistics across sevens snaps from scrimmage in the Buccaneers' 46-23 win over the Panthers on Sunday.

Analysis: Hudson has now garnered active status in every game from Week 2 onward, although that's only led to a 2-21 line on a total of six targets. Coach Bruce Arians continues to roll with four active tight ends on most weeks, but both Hudson and position mate Antony Auclair are being used exclusively in a run-blocking capacity with both Rob Gronkowski and Cameron Brate healthy in front of them.

November 16, 2020 1:13 PM EST

Tanner Hudson: Catch-less night Week 8

Hudson failed to bring in his only target in the Buccaneers' 25-23 win over the Giants on Monday night.

Analysis: The big tight end logged just three snaps from scrimmage, so his lack of statistics was unsurprising. Hudson is a distant third in the positional pecking order behind Rob Gronkowski and Cameron Brate, and the recent activation of Antony Auclair could also serve to frequently render Hudson a future gameday inactive in coming weeks.

November 3, 2020 8:36 AM EST

Tanner Hudson: One grab in win

Hudson brought in his only target for a 12-yard reception in the Buccaneers' 45-20 win over the Raiders on Sunday.

Analysis: The towering tight end made an impressive grab on his one catch, his second of the season overall. Hudson played on just two snaps from scrimmage overall, however, although that was only 10 fewer than position mate Cameron Brate, the player directly above him on the depth chart. Hudson does have an intriguing size/athleticism combination, so it remains to be seen if he makes a legitimate run at Brate's No. 2 role at some point during the second half of the season.

October 26, 2020 9:25 AM EST

Tanner Hudson: First catch of season

Hudson secured one of four targets for nine yards in the Buccaneers' 20-19 loss to the Bears on Thursday night.

Analysis: Hudson assumed the No. 3 tight end role on the night with O.J. Howard (Achilles) now on injured reserve and Anthony Auclair (calf) not yet ready to shed that designation. The second-year tight end saw a solid amount of targets for a player listed as third on the positional depth chart, but the fact Chris Godwin (hamstring) and Justin Watson (chest) were both sidelined opening up some extra opportunity for Tampa Bay's remaining healthy pass catchers. It remains to be seen if Hudson will be active on gamedays once Auclair is ready to suit up, as the latter is generally considered a superior blocker and also has similar ability to operate downfield.

October 9, 2020 1:17 PM EST

Tanner Hudson: Earns promotion from practice squad

The Buccaneers promoted Hudson from the practice squad to the active roster Wednesday, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Hudson's spot on the active roster was opened by the Buccaneers waiving Mazzi Wilkins on Monday. The Southern Arkansas product actually played three special-teams snaps during Sunday's win over the Panthers, by merit of the NFL's new practice squad "elevation" rule. He'll now be fully available as a depth option against the Broncos in Week 3.

September 23, 2020 9:27 AM EST

Tanner Hudson: Odd TE out in Tampa Bay

The Buccaneers waived Hudson on Friday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Hudson spent the entire 2019 season on the Buccaneers' active roster, but he was pushed out of the tight-end room after the addition of Rob Gronkowski. If he clears waivers, the team plans on retaining him on the practice squad.

September 4, 2020 7:52 PM EST

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

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