Buccaneers need more from tight ends

TAMPA, Fla. -- Through two games, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have completed precisely two passes to their tight ends.

“We would like to have the tight end more involved in the passing game,’’ coach Greg Schiano said. “But you take what’s there. As it plays out and there’s more of an opportunity, I’m sure the tight end will get the ball.’’

There’s good news on the way. Tom Crabtree, who may be the best pass-catching tight end the Bucs have, has missed the first two games with an ankle injury. The Bucs have been getting by with Nate Byham and Luke Stocker. Byham has the two catches.

But Schiano said Crabtree is expected back soon. Adding Crabtree could give the Bucs a little more diversity in their passing game.