Brate secured four of six targets for 34 yards in the Buccaneers' 27-24 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday.
The veteran tight end recorded multiple receptions for the third straight game, easily making it his most productive multi-week stretch of the season. Brate has seen his target tally climb in each of the three contests as well, but he continues to carry a relatively low fantasy floor thanks to the fact he sees the majority of his opportunities relatively close to the line of scrimmage while position mate Rob Gronkowski handles the downfield routes. Brate will look to keep up his recent solid level of involvement in a Week 14 battle against the Vikings following Tampa's Week 13 bye.
Brate secured three of four targets for 23 yards in the Buccaneers' 27-24 loss to the Rams on Monday night.
The veteran tight end showed up on the stat sheet for the second straight game after a largely invisible first nine weeks of the season. Brate now has multiple receptions in consecutive contests for the first time all season after posting a 3-31-1 line against the Panthers in Week 11. Despite the modest impact, the reality is Brate's numbers could quickly plummet on any given week, given the wealth of talent at the pass-catching positions for the Buccaneers. The Harvard product will look to carry over his recent momentum into a Week 12 matchup against the Chiefs that could feature plenty of passing from both squads.
Brate secured all three of his targets for 31 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' 46-23 win over the Panthers on Sunday.
The oft-forgotten tight end was able to make a nice impact in the contest with a five-yard scoring grab late in the first quarter. The catch represented Brate's second visit to the end zone this season, with the other having come Week 4 against the Chargers. Despite the surprising success Sunday, it's worth noting Brate had a combined 4-46 line over the prior four games, making him a speculative play at best for a Week 11 Monday night showdown against the Rams.
Brate did not see a target over 12 snaps from scrimmage during the Buccaneers' 38-3 loss to the Saints on Sunday night.
The veteran tight end's blanking on the stat sheet unfortunately might become more of the norm moving forward, much to the chagrin of he and his fantasy managers. Even on a night when Tom Brady was forced to go heavily to the air, the fact the rest of the team's extremely deep pass-catching corps was at full health resulted in Brate being a complete non-factor. Brate will hope to have at least a modest number of opportunities in a Week 10 NFC South battle against the Panthers.
Brate brought in both of his targets for 35 yards in the Buccaneers' 25-23 win over the Giants on Monday night.
The veteran tight end was a solid complementary presence, trailing position mate Rob Gronkowski by two catches and two targets while playing just 12 snaps for the second consecutive contest. Brate does have at least one catch in five straight games, but his already shaky level of involvement could take a further hit with the expected Week 9 debut of Antonio Brown (suspension) adding another asset to the pass-catching pool.
Brate brought in his only target for an eight-yard catch in the Buccaneers' 45-20 win over the Raiders on Sunday.
Brate logged just 12 snaps from scrimmage overall, which constituted 17 percent of Tampa Bay's offensive plays on the day. The veteran's playing time was at its lowest point since prior to O.J. Howard's season-ending Achilles tear, so it remains to be seen if Sunday's usage was merely an outlier or the start of a longer-term trend. What is more certain is that the target share of the remaining members of Tampa Bay's pass-catching corps will take a hit once Antonio Brown (suspension) hits the field Week 9 or beyond, and a player already struggling for looks such as Brate could well see his role diminish further.
Brate hauled in his only target for three yards in the Buccaneers' 38-10 win over the Packers on Sunday.
With Chris Godwin returning from a hamstring injury, position mate Rob Gronkowski logging a team-high eight targets and Ronald Jones responsible for most of the remaining offensive production, Brate was mostly a forgotten man one game after posting a season-best 5-44 line in a Week 5 loss to the Bears. O.J. Howard's season-ending Achilles injury theoretically bumps Brate up a notch on the depth chart, but that doesn't necessarily equate to being a very high priority in a talent-rich pass-catching corps. Brate will try to boost his numbers in a Week 7 road showdown against the Raiders.
Brate secured five of six targets for 44 yards in the Buccaneers' 20-19 loss to the Bears on Thursday night.
Kept in proverbial mothballs for the first three games of the season, Brate was on the radar for the first time in 2020 in Sunday's win over the Chargers by virtue of a three-yard touchdown grab. However, he was back to playing a significant role Thursday, tying Mike Evans for the team lead in receptions and drawing even with Rob Gronkowski and Tyler Johnson for second in targets. The absence of O.J. Howard (Achilles) for the rest of the season should give Brate a chance to continue building on the chemistry he and Tom Brady developed all summer, with the veteran tight end's next opportunity to make an impact coming in a Week 6 home battle against the Packers on Sunday, Oct. 18.
Brate brought in his only target for a three-yard touchdown in the Buccaneers' 38-31 win over the Chargers on Sunday.
The veteran tight end had yet to be targeted coming into Sunday's contest, and although he only played on 16 snaps (21 percent) against the Chargers, Brate was able to make the most of the one ball thrown his way. Ironically, his first-quarter touchdown grab came way before O.J. Howard suffered what coach Bruce Arians termed a ruptured Achilles, but given his teammate's season-ending injury, Brate now stands to see his role significantly expand beginning with Thursday night's Week 5 battle against the Bears.
Brate was not targeted during Sunday's 28-10 win against the Broncos.
The Harvard grad has seen only 16 total offensive snaps over the first three weeks of 2020, and Tom Brady has yet to target him once. Rob Gronkowski and O.J. Howard are the only Tampa tight ends with any receptions at eight apiece. Brate collected 36 catches, 311 yards and four touchdowns last year while splitting duties at the position with Howard, but his current role appears to be extremely limited.
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.
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