Brate brought in four of five targets for 50 yards in the Buccaneers' 30-20 divisional-round win over the Saints on Sunday. The veteran tight end played a key role in the passing game for the second straight postseason win, leading the Buccaneers in receiving yardage for the evening in the process. Brate has surprisingly become a much more frequent target for Tom Brady than the latter's long-time teammate Rob Gronkowski, and he'll look to once again make an impact in next Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Packers at Lambeau Field.
Brate brought in four of six targets for 80 yards in the Buccaneers' 31-23 wild-card win over Washington on Saturday night. He also fumbled once, but it was recovered by the offense. The veteran tight end surprisingly played an expanded role in the win, and his night would have been even bigger had he hung on for a tough catch in the end zone with 9:13 remaining that was initially ruled a touchdown and then reversed. Brate's production particularly stood out when considering fellow tight end Rob Gronkowski saw just a single target all evening, but it's worth noting Brate also had a pair of four-catch outings over the last five games of the regular season. Brate will look to offer solid contributions again in a divisional-round matchup against either the Rams or Saints next weekend.
Brate secured one of two targets for an 11-yard reception in the Buccaneers' 44-27 win over the Falcons on Sunday. The veteran tight end finished the regular season with at least one reception in seven straight games, a modest but noteworthy accomplishment considering Brate's typically modest snap share and the abundance of other passing game options for Tom Brady. Coming into the season, it was difficult to envision how Brate would have any truly appreciable role in the offense due to the Buccaneers' air attack's well-stocked shelf, but the Harvard product was active for all 16 games and finished with a respectable 28-282-2 line. Brate now will look to make occasional contributions in the upcoming postseason while also helping serve as a blocker in the running game.
Brate brought in both his targets for 27 yards in the Buccaneers' 47-7 win over the Lions on Saturday. Brate played his usual complementary role in the blowout win, recording multiple receptions for the second straight game and fifth time in the last six games overall. The 29-year-old may have a chance for an expanded role in a Week 17 matchup versus the Falcons if coach Bruce Arians opts to rest some of his front-line players in the event Tampa Bay jumps out to a comfortable lead.
Brate secured all four targets for 54 yards in the Buccaneers' 31-27 win over the Falcons on Sunday. Brate had seen a sudden downturn in targets coming out of the bye in Week 14 against Minnesota, logging just a single look from Tom Brady in that contest. That followed a three-game stretch prior to the Buccaneers' week off during which the veteran tight end had seen a total of 13 passes come his way, parlaying those opportunities into a serviceable 10-88-1 line. Brate's resurgence Sunday saw him return to a similar level of involvement, but the fact he's part of an offense that has so many mouths to feed will continue to make him tough to trust in fantasy championship games Week 16.
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