“Block Somebody”

August 10th, 2021

Harsh words for an August hero

Joe had to smile after today’s practice.

Even after playing in the Super Bowl and getting signed for your third season under Bucco Bruce Arians doesn’t give you immunity from the head coach’s public darts.

It’s August with preseason games approaches, so that means it’s tight end Tanner Hudson’s time of year. Hudson arrived as an undrafted guy during the Dirk Koetter regime and keeps sticking around.

He’s got hands, but not a ton of speed and his blocking … well ..

“Block somebody. Anybody,” Arians said after practice today when asked about Hudson. “I know he can catch. He’s always been able to catch. It’s just be consistent.”

A follow-up question then came to Arians about how Hudson’s blocking has progressed.

“He’s regressed,” Arians replied.

It was an instant classic from the head coach.

Hudson, 26, is a neat story out of Southern Arkansas. He was a college quarterback, punter and receiver before tight end became his thing.

Joe fully expects Hudson to have a fantastic preseason — and not block anybody in the process.

23 Responses to ““Block Somebody””

  1. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    If he can’t block….he’s a WR & we have 372 of them…….I think he might be good on ST and that’s what keeps him on the roster….and…

    Brady likes “Huddy”

  2. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Do really need a fourth TE to be starter material? No. He got Gronk, OJ and Brate. Tanner would be a better asset if he contributes to special teams.

  3. Wild Bill Says:

    He makes nice preseason catches. Fizzles in the regular season games. Don’t see why he stays on the roster. A TE with only ok speed and hands has to be a great blocker.

  4. Robert Says:

    caught the balls TB threw his way last year. oh…. and he was on the field and not in the tub. A keeper until oj can prove he’s not as brittle as his history shows.

  5. Mort Says:

    He might not even be TE4 tbh.

  6. Transgender Bucs Fan Says:

    Bench him until he gets the vax

  7. Transgender Bucs Fan Says:

    Wow! Having two awesome running backs on the roster sure is great!!

  8. Beeej Says:

    We often have two on the field, I’d imagine over 17 game (hopefully 19) you’d need more than one backup

  9. SlyPirate Says:

    So Tanner is the backup punter, 4th QB, 8th WR, and 4th TE?

    Let’s give Tanner the nickname: Depth Chart

  10. Mike Says:

    Here I thought Hudson was in the lead for the TE4 spot. Maybe not…

  11. SB~LV Says:

    lol..a BA Boot in the ass !
    Love it!

  12. Buc15 Says:

    This is BA trying to light a fire in Hudson’s butthole

  13. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Robert: Hudson had a 42.9% catch percentage last year. I’m not in agreement on your “caught the balls TB threw his way last year” statement.

  14. mark2001 Says:

    I don’t know if Hape will make it. Waiting him to catch fire for a few years now, and he is still buried in the depth chart. If he can’t block, maybe it is time to move on. Seems like we have quite a few options receiving the ball, and if he can’t play like a complete tight end, maybe we need to give someone else an opportunity.

  15. mark2001 Says:

    Excuse me…Hudson…

  16. mark2001 Says:

    It kind of reminded me of the Patrick Hape story. Here today, gone tomorrow. Freudian slip I guess.

  17. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Is Hudson good on special teams? That’d be the way to make the Bucs roster.

  18. Dewey Selmon Says:

    BA sounding John McKay ish.

  19. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    Caught that slip mark2001 as soon as I saw that I thought of Patrick Hape and only slightly remember him from the pass from Mike Alstott he dropped against Minnesota that would’ve put us in field goal range and we lost.

  20. mark2001 Says:

    David…I guess when you are long time Buc Fans like we are, we’ve seen about everything, From Charles McRea and Cosey Coleman to Tristen Wirfs and Paul Gruber.

  21. Joe in Michigan Says:

    I remember Hape fumbling close to the end zone in New Orleans. I’m not sure how many times Hape fumbled or dropped wide open passes, but it was enough for me to wish he was on another team (although I remember being okay for Denver).

  22. Joe in Michigan Says:

    *Hape being okay

  23. Winny Testaverde Says:

    Patrick Grape Hape…thanks for the memories/chuckles, fellas. I remember the goal line fumblia…perhaps his only career carry. Somehow he went on to play for the Broncos after the Bucs. One of the guys looking back that you can’t believe they were considered NFL caliber.