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TE Cameron Brate - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

6-4, 245Born: 7-3-1991College: HarvardDrafted: ---

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News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 20): Brate is just a role player in the Bucs offense now and can be dropped.

Week 12: at Atlanta Falcons

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Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs CAR 40 4 64 0 0 6.4
9 at NO 34 1 9 0 0 0.9
10 vs NYJ 33 1 10 0 0 1
11 at MIA 41 1 12 0 0 1.2
12 at ATL PROJ-Tremblay * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 10 vs NYJ (3 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

Brate and rookie TE OJ Howard were not a big part of the game plan in Winston and Evans' absence. Brate flexed out into the slot and picked up 10 yards on an out route to convert 3rd and 9 late in the 1st quarter, his only catch. He was targeted two more times on the day, well behind Desean Jackson and rookie WR Godwin.

2017 Week 9 vs NO (4 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Brate lined up in the backfield in a split-back set and leaked out into the flat for a short 1st down reception late in the 1st quarter. He drew a few more targets, but neither Winston nor Fitzpatrick could deliver an accurate ball to the tight end, who missed a couple of diving efforts up the seam. Mike Evans' one-game suspension leaves Brate as Tampa Bay's most reliable receiving option for their matchup next week.

2017 Week 8 vs CAR (5 / 4 / 64 / 0 rec)

Brate led the team in receiving yards despite only drawing half the targets(5) that Mike Evans did. He hauled in an out route for a short gain early in the 1st. Brate got open down the right seam for a big gain in the 2nd quarter.. Brate split off the left side of the formation and hauled in a deep post for a 23 yards, Winston's longest completion of the game in the 3rd quarter. Brate picked up one more big catch over the middle as the Bucs tried in vain to rally late in the 4th. Brate was the target on Winston's 2nd interception, but the blame falls on the QB for ever making the throw as LB Kuechley had Brate blanketed the entire play. OJ Howard has lots of big play potential, but Brate is the reliable option who gets open and fights hard for contested catches when Winston struggles with accuracy.

2017 Week 7 vs BUF (9 / 6 / 60 / 0 rec)

OJ Howard broke out with more targets and receptions in week 7, but Brate maintained his role as a consistent receiver with a more polished route tree, able to move around the formation in a variety of positions. Winston looks to Brate when everyone knows the offense needs a completion, while Howard tends to sneak big plays in when defenses are least expecting it. Brate hauled in a deep pass on 3rd and long early in the 1st quarter that set the Bucs up for a successful 50 yard field goal attempt. Winston looked to Brate in the end zone later in the quarter, but a defender batted the pass down. Brate had another catch and run down the left sideline in the late seconds of the 1st half, but Winston was intercepted on the next play while looking for Brate down the right seam. The interception was the QB's fault as Brate was clearly covered the entire time. Brate hauled in one of his clutch catches up the seam to convert on 3rd and 13, extending an early 4th quarter drive with uncanny awareness of the 1st down marker. Brate and Winston converted again with the same play on 3rd and 6 later in the 4th.

2017 Week 6 vs ARI (8 / 6 / 76 / 1 rec)

Brate flexed out to the slot and caught a deep out route for a nice gain on the 1st drive of the game. Brate lost his coverage and was standing wide open in the middle of the field later in the 1st on a Winston scramble for another big gain. Brate showed good chemistry with Ryan Fitzpatrick after Winston left with a shoulder injury in the 1st half. Fitzpatrick found Brate for a 10 yard gain on 3rd and 7 on his first offensive drive of the game. The Harvard duo hooked up for another big gain at the end of the 1st half with a beautiful over-the shoulder catch down the left sideline. Brate scored early in the 4th corner, flexing a couple steps off the left side of the line and working his way to the back of the end zone from the Arizona 10 yard line. Fitzpatrick hurled a dime pass through a couple of defenders for the score. Brate hauled in one final crossing route on Tampa's last offensive drive of the game.

2017 Week 5 vs NE (9 / 5 / 68 / 1 rec)

Brate had another strong performance and barely missed several opportunities to pile up more stats. He had a step on a deep post route at the end of the 1st quarter, but safety Patrick Chung made a great diving play on the ball to break up the pass. Brate leaked out into the left flat uncovered and picked up 20 yards down the left sideline later in the 2nd, but a penalty on OJ Howard negated the play. Safety Chung thwarted another big reception by Brate when he broke up a deep crossing route with another diving effort in the 3rd quarter. Brate hauled in a slant route to convert 3rd and long later in the same drive. Winston targeted Brate in the end zone halfway through the 4th quarter on the seam route that we see them connect on so often, but Brate was again blanketed by two defenders. Chung reached around Brate and knocked another pass loose on a comeback route with less than 3 minutes left in the game. Brate got the upper hand on the next play as he lined up in the right slot and took off up the seam for a touchdown reception. Winston found Brate one final time on a curl route as the Bucs attempted to drive and score with less than a minute left in the game. Brate finished the day tied with Jackson for a team-high 9 targets.

2017 Week 4 vs NYG (6 / 4 / 80 / 1 rec)

Brate was targeted on a crossing route in the end zone at the end of the 2nd quarter, but he was unable to bring in the tough catch. Brate missed another pass on 4th and 2 later in the 4th quarter, but quickly redeemed himself as he capped off the next drive with a touchdown. The Bucs drove down to the New York red zone and Brate got the look from Winston, putting his hand in the dirt inline and catching ball on a seam route in the end zone. Brate snagged an out route on the final winning drive of the game, then got wide open down the right seam where he caught a beautiful over the shoulder throw from Winston for 26 yards. The catch put the Bucs in range for the winning field goal. Brate finished with 4 catches for 80 yards and the score on 6 targets.

2017 Week 3 vs MIN (4 / 4 / 33 / 1 rec)

Brate made an outstanding effort to secure his first target from Winston, an ill-advised desperation throw into triple coverage in the 1st quarter. He caught another short out route at the end of the 2nd quarter for a modest gain. Brate lined up inline and took off up the seam in the 3rd quarter, catching a dime from Winston for an 18 yard touchdown. It was the connection we got used to seeing in the red zone last year as Winston and Brate's chemistry grew..

2017 Week 2 vs CHI (3 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)

Brate narrowly missed a big gain on a deep post during Tampa's first offensive drive, but he did draw a pass interference penalty on the play. He finally reeled in a target on an out route late in the 3rd quarter, and again later in the drive, finishing his day with 3 targets, 2 catches, and 24 yards.


Latest News

Buccaneers | Just one grab for Cameron Brate (Sun Nov 19, 08:33 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate posted one grab for 12 yards on three targets in Week 11 against the Miami Dolphins.

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Buccaneers | Cameron Brate held to one catch (Sun Nov 12, 05:06 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate caught one pass for 10 yards against the New York Jets in Week 10.

Our View: Brate was a dud with Ryan Fitzpatrick even though he didn't have to compete with Mike Evans for targets. He has been a steady fantasy tight end, but now without Jameis Winston and with his numbers slowing down, he's not an obvious TE1, or even an obvious hold in typical leagues.
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