TAMPA BAY – The Buccaneers began rookie minicamp on Friday, but one of their draft picks was noticeably missing from action.

Fourth-round pick and former Washington Huskie Cade Otton is still nursing an ankle injury that he suffered during the 2021 season. He injured it during a 35-30 loss against the Arizona State Sun Devils (yep, Bucs’ third-rounder Rachaad White’s school), on November 13 and was forced to miss the rest of the season, as a result.

The injury required surgery, which is never a good situation to be in as a football player. There is a timeline for a return, however, as Otton said back in March that he expects to be ready for training camp.

But that was March. It’s now May, obviously. A lot can change between now and then.

So, where do things stand with the rookie tight end? Fortunately, Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles provided an update on Friday.

“We’re going to take it day-by-day,” said Bowles. “I’m not a trainer, so we’ll see where he is next week.”

While it’s still a rather vague timeline, the fact that Bowles is looking at Otton’s injury as “day-to-day” is encouraging in its own right. There’s a definite possibility Bowles is playing coy, but as we all know, he could’ve just dismissed the question instead of giving the small bit of insight he gave.

Regardless, we’ll get a really good idea of where things stand with Otton when OTAs start on May 17.

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