Bucs hire Justin Peelle as tight ends coach, promote John Van Dam

TAMPA — The Bucs continued to reshape their offensive staff on Wednesday, hiring Justin Peelle as tight ends coach and promoting John Van Dam to pass game assistant.

Peelle, 45, spent the past three seasons with the Atlanta Falcons and his first eight years in the NFL coaching ranks with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Van Dam, 39, enters his sixth season with the Bucs, the last two as tight ends coach. He arrived in Tampa Bay in 2019 to serve as an offensive quality control assistant under head coach Bruce Arians.

In 2021, Peelle helped Atlanta’s Kyle Pitts join Mike Ditka as the only tight ends in NFL history to eclipse 1,000 receiving yards as a rookie.

In Philadelphia, Zach Ertz was named to the Pro Bowl three straight seasons. The Bucs have a young tight end room led by Cade Otton.

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