Auclair brought in both of his targets for 25 yards over eight games in his rookie 2017 season.
The Laval University (Canada) product beat the odds to make the 53-man roster coming out of preseason, but he didn't enjoy active status until Week 5. Auclair went on to notch his first career reception against the Packers in Week 13, and he played an expanded role in terms of snaps over the last two weeks of the season with O.J. Howard (IR-ankle) sidelined. The 24-year-old flashed the ability to get downfield during training camp and preseason, with his 6-foot-5, 250-pound frame enabling him to create potential matchup problems against certain linebackers and safeties. Auclair will head into OTAs looking to make further inroads in terms of playing time, but with Cameron Brate and Howard ahead of him on the depth chart, that figures to be an uphill battle, at least for the time being.
Auclair will fill rookie O.J. Howard's (IR-ankle) tight end spot in Week 16 against the Panthers, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.
The rookie from Laval University in Canada is projected for what should be his most extensive workload yet while working alongside Cameron Brate in two-tight-end sets. Auclair has seen action in five consecutive weeks, but has logged no more than 23 snaps on offense in any of those contests while bringing in both of his targets for 23 yards. All of those metrics could see a boost Sunday, with the Buccaneers' passing attack also down DeSean Jackson (ankle) in addition to Howard.
Auclair secured his only target for 14 yards in Monday night's 24-21 loss to the Falcons.
Auclair's catch was only the second of his career, with the first having come two games prior in the overtime loss to the Packers. However, with O.J. Howard (ankle) likely sidelined for the last two games of the season as per Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, Auclair and Alan Cross appear set to back up starter Cameron Brate for the balance of the campaign, which would potentially afford the former a boost in snaps.
Auclair brought in his sole target for 11 yards in Sunday's 26-20 overtime loss to the Packers.
The 24-year-old Laval University (Canada) product was active for the fourth time this season, but his catch was the first of his career. Like fellow reserve tight end Alan Cross, Auclair saw action on on 14 snaps from scrimmage overall. He also logged an additional 14 on special teams, an area which still projects to be his primary source of action on the remaining weeks in which he's afforded active status.
Auclair is active for Sunday's Week 11 tilt against the Dolphins, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.
The Laval University (Canada) product will thus suit up for only the second time in his rookie season, with the first having come in Week 5 against the Patriots. Auclair did not see any snaps in that contest, and he could well be headed for the same fate against Miami. However, his unexpected activation could also mean that head coach Dirk Koetter is willing to spark the offense in any way he can, and Auclair did notably impress with his downfield receiving ability throughout training camp and preseason. He'll slot in as the third tight end option behind starters Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard versus the Dolphins.
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