The Buccaneers announced on Saturday that they’ve reached a deal with sixth-round and final draft pick (No. 197 overall) Danny Vitale, leaving second-round picks, Noah Spence and Roberto Aguayo, as the lone rookies who haven’t yet signed.
A four-year starter at Northwestern, Vitale was brought in for his versatility as an H-Back, a combination of fullback and tight end. He gained a reputation in college for his productivity out of the backfield, catching a career 135 passes for 1,427 yards and 11 touchdowns. Vitale seems to be a combination of former fullback Javorski Lane, who suffered a bad leg injury in Week 17 and wasn’t re-signed, and Luke Stocker, who Tampa Bay used as its primary H-Back in 2015.
Vitale was also a special teams standout for the Wildcats and figures to compete for a role on the third phase for the Bucs this fall.
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