Brate played on just four snaps from scrimmage in Sunday's 31-17 win over the Panthers and did not record a target.
The veteran tight end saw one target that he failed to bring in during the Week 1 loss to the Saints, and Brate was even less of a presence against Carolina. With top two tight ends Rob Gronkowski and O.J. Howard logging 42 and 34 snaps respectively, on Sunday, Brate is the clear odd man out, even with position mate Antony Auclair (calf) on injured reserve.
Brate failed to bring in his only target in the Buccaneers' 34-23 loss to the Saints on Sunday.
Tom Brady put the ball up a relatively modest (by passing-era standards) 36 times, and with Brate considerably down the pass-catcher pecking order, he saw minimal opportunity. Position mates Rob Gronkowski and O.J. Howard saw a combined nine targets go their way, and Brate could similarly find himself behind the duo on many weeks this season. Brate will look to record his first 2020 catch in a Week 2 battle against the Panthers.
Brate made several noteworthy catches during Wednesday's training camp practice, a session fellow tight end Rob Gronkowski sat out for rest, Carmen Vitali of the team's official site reports.
Brate has arguably gotten the least press of the Buccaneers' impressive top tight-end triumvirate thus far in camp, but Wednesday, he took advantage of both Gronkowki's absence and his solid rapport with backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who got extra reps himself with Tom Brady also getting a veteran's day off. Vitali relays Brate made grabs all over the field and at varying depths of target, including a quick-hitting dart over the middle in a blitz period, an intermediate reception as Gabbert was under duress from a delayed blitz and a pair of scoring catches. The veteran tight end admittedly is facing an uphill battle for consistent week-to-week targets this coming season, but his well-documented red-zone prowess could quickly endear him to Brady.
Brate, who was a frequent attendee at the informal workouts Tom Brady organized this offseason, recently revealed he was infected with COVID-19 at some point, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
It's unclear at what point of the offseason Brate was infected, and the veteran tight end has not elaborated on whether he had any symptoms. However, Brate did confirm the diagnosis in an Instagram post, during which he also promoted plasma donations for those who have survived the virus. Brate has since recovered and reported to camp with the rest of the veterans, and he'll look to continue developing a rapport with Brady while working in a deep tight end group that also includes Rob Gronkowski and O.J. Howard.
Brate was among a contingent of Buccaneers skill-position players that attended a workout organized by Tom Brady at Berkeley Preparatory School on Tuesday, Rick Stroud and Joey Knight of the Tampa Bay Times report.
Brate reportedly had already been getting some work in with Brady for multiple weeks, but he was joined by a significant number of his teammates Tuesday. That included fellow tight end O.J. Howard but apparently not Rob Gronkowski, who already has plenty of familiarity with the Buccaneers' new quarterback. Brate's track record of dependable routes and hands -- not to mention his red-zone prowess -- could make him one of Brady's more dependable second-tier targets when the future Hall of Famer drops back this coming season.
Brate is less likely to be traded than O.J. Howard in the wake of the Buccaneers' acquisition of Rob Gronkowski on Tuesday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Auman cites two principal factors for this line of thinking, the first being that Brate already agreed to a contract restructure in March that saw him take a $4.25 million pay cut to remain on the roster for 2020. The other is the likelihood the 28-year-old would fetch a lower draft pick in a trade than the younger and more athletic Howard, despite Brate's superior proficiency in the red zone and more productive career to date. If he indeed remains in Tampa for the coming season, it's conceivable Brate plays a relatively similar role to that of the last two seasons, when he posted a combined 66-600-10 line off 104 targets across 32 games while serving in a complementary capacity alongside Howard.
Brate agreed to restructure his contract with Tampa Bay on Sunday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Brate was originally due to make $6 million with the team in 2020, but he's expected to take a pay cut of some kind. He's been a steady contributor for the Buccaneers in his career, as over the past five years, his 27 touchdowns ranks fourth among tight ends over that span. Despite likely sitting behind O.J. Howard on the depth chart heading next season, his fantasy value received a major boost when Tom Brady elected to sign with Tampa Bay.
Brate secured one of three targets for a two-yard touchdown in the Buccaneers' 28-22 overtime loss to the Falcons on Sunday.
He finished the 2019 season with 36 receptions (55 targets) for 311 yards and four touchdowns across 16 games. Brate at least managed to get into the end zone during the finale, salvaging what was otherwise a disappointing performance. The tight end did boost both his reception and receiving yardage totals over those of 2018, but his numbers were still modest. Brate's production was unpredictable from week to week, as he posted a trio of catch-less efforts and also had three one-reception tallies. He's on the book for a reasonable $6 million in 2020, and it would seem likely the Buccaneers keep him around in what will be the third season of a six-year contract signed before the 2018 campaign.
Brate secured two of five targets for 17 yards in the Buccaneers' 23-20 loss to the Texans on Saturday.
The expectation was that Brate and fellow tight end O.J. Howard would see an uptick in workload Saturday with both Mike Evans and Chris Godwin sidelined due to hamstring injuries. However, that didn't equate to any uptick in production for Brate, who actually generated his lowest production of the last three games. It's likely Godwin misses the Week 17 tilt against the Falcons, while Evans is already on injured reserve; therefore, the possibility for extra targets could be there for Brate once more in the regular-season finale.
Brate secured three of seven targets for 33 yards in the Buccaneers' 38-17 win over the Lions on Sunday.
The veteran tight end tied for second with Breshad Perriman for targets on the afternoon, and he was just one behind the pace set by position mate O.J. Howard in that category. Brate's target share was his second highest of the campaign as well, and he could be in for a solid workload again Week 16 against the Texans with both Mike Evans and Chris Godwin set to miss the contest due to their respective hamstring injuries.
Brate logged 24 snaps and secured all four of his targets for 30 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' 38-35 win over the Colts on Sunday.
The veteran tight end got into the end zone for the first time since Week 6 on a three-yard grab with 38 seconds left in the first half. Brate's four receptions also served as his second-highest tally of the season and snapped a miserable two-game stretch during which he secured one of two targets for five yards. Brate and fellow tight end O.J. Howard combined for eight catches overall, an elevated total for the position in Bruce Arians' offense and one that could become the norm for any games Mike Evans (hamstring) misses the rest of the way.
Brate brought in his only target for five yards in the Buccaneers' 28-11 win over the Jaguars on Sunday.
A week after going without a reception for the third time this season, Brate managed only a slight improvement against the Jaguars. In contrast, position mate O.J. Howard recorded a season-high five receptions, but the use of the tight end position in coach Bruce Arians' offensive scheme continues to feature considerable game-to-game volatility. Brate will look to improve his production versus the Colts in Week 14.
Brate failed to bring in his only target in the Buccaneers' 35-22 win over the Falcons on Sunday.
A week removed from a career-high 10-catch tally versus the Saints, Brate was a complete non-factor against the Falcons. At this stage of the season, trying to figure out how much the Buccaneers' tight ends -- be it Brate or O.J. Howard -- will be involved on any given week is pure guesswork, and neither player is therefore a reliable option heading into a Week 13 matchup versus the Jaguars.
Brate secured 10 of 14 targets for 73 yards in the Buccaneers' 34-17 loss to the Saints on Sunday.
Brate paced the Buccaneers in receptions, receiving yardage and targets, putting together his best performance of the season after not seeing a target in Week 10 against the Cardinals. The veteran tight end's production has been anything but trustworthy, with the fact he came reasonably close to exceeding his season reception tally of 15 catches Sunday a fitting example of how uninvolved Brate has often been. Brate will look to follow up with another strong effort versus the Falcons in a Week 12 matchup.
Brate was not targeted during Sunday's 30-27 win over Arizona.
Brate has not been targeted in his last two games, during which he has logged only 11 and 15 offensive snaps, his two lowest totals of the season. Brate has not been utilized to the same extent as seasons past under new head coach Bruce Arians and he appears to be trending downward. Next up is a matchup against a Saints squad that held him to one 11-yard catch in Week 5.
Brate (ribs) wasn't targeted in the Buccaneers' 40-34 overtime loss to the Seahawks on Sunday.
Brate saw fellow tight ends Tanner Hudson and Antony Auclair rather surprisingly log two targets apiece while he was shut out altogether. There was no report prior to the game Brate would be under any sort of snap limit if he was active, and there were no immediate details available after the game with respect to Brate's lack of involvement. The veteran tight end will look to bounce back in Week 10 against the Cardinals.
Brate (ribs) is active for Sunday's Week 9 tilt against the Seahawks, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.
Brate was trending upward as the practice week went on, and this confirms his status as the No. 1 option at tight end for Jameis Winston against Seattle with O.J. Howard (hamstring) inactive. With Jordan Leggett (coach's decision) a healthy scratch as well, Brate will be backed up by Antony Auclair and Tanner Hudson for the second straight week, although neither seems to be a serious threat to Brate's snaps.
Brate (ribs) was a full practice participant Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Seattle, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.
After opening the week as a non-participant in practice, Brate upgraded to limited participation Thursday and then full participation Friday. Despite the questionable designation, Brate seems to be on track to play Sunday, while fellow tight end O.J. Howard (hamstring) has been ruled out for another week. Brate caught three passes for 32 yards in last week's 27-23 loss to the Titans, with season highs for both targets (six) and snap share (67 percent). An unexpected absence Sunday would free up playing time for Antony Auclair and Tanner Hudson.
Brate (ribs) appeared to be a limited participant at Friday's practice, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
While Brate still appears to be battling his rib injury, he was able to take the field for the second straight day after sitting out Wednesday's session. Brate's status for the Week 9 game in Seattle won't be determined until later Friday. If Brate is able to take the field this weekend, he could earn another start with O.J. Howard (hamstring) trending toward another absence.
Brate (ribs) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Brate came out of the Buccaneers' Week 8 loss to the Titans with the rib injury in tow and was unable to practice in any fashion Wednesday. While Brate stepped up his activity Thursday, he may need to put in a full practice Friday to avoid carrying a questionable designation into Sunday's game against the Seahawks. Brate looks like a better bet to play this week than fellow tight end O.J. Howard (hamstring), who was out last weekend and has yet to resume practicing.
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