"We may use him (Sapp) in some limited role at some point in time in a contingency role," Gruden said of Sapp playing onto the offensive side of the ball. "It depends on how this roster shakes down."
Sapp has used his exceptional athletic ability to earn five consecutive trips to the Pro Bowl, but struggled at times last season with a torn rotator cuff injury, which required offseason shoulder surgery. But No. 99 is convinced his shoulder is 100 percent healed.
"He (Sapp) was a helluva tight end in high school," said Gruden. "He's a good athlete. But I'm not here to shake up the world by any stretch of the imagination. We're just trying to have a contingency plan ready for injury and we're going to try have a contingency plan for every situation."
Neither Gruden nor Sapp revealed specifics in terms of Sapp's possible offensive role(s), but the Bucs' final 53-man roster, injuries and certain situations will dictate whether or not Sapp plays for the offense and which position(s) he plays at this season.
"I'm talking about a contingency plan for maybe one situation," said Gruden. "I'm not talking about lining him up in a two-point stance. Here's a guy that could help us in a situation, but I'm not going to go crazy here.
If Gruden uses Sapp, it could be at the tight end, fullback and/or guard positions.
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