Auclair showed considerable improvement as a receiver during the first week of OTAs, Carmen Vitali of the team's official site reports.
The third-year pro has primarily been utilized as a blocking tight end during his first two seasons, logging just 10 targets over that span. Auclair still has an uphill climb to earn targets barring injuries to O.J. Howard or Cameron Brate, but his 6-foot-6, 256-pound frame could make him an occasional option near the goal line.
Auclair failed to bring in his only target during the Buccaneers' 34-32 loss to the Falcons on Sunday. He finished the 2018 season bringing in seven of eight targets for 48 yards across 16 games.
Auclair once again primarily filled the role of in-line blocker at tight end, although unlike his rookie 2017 campaign, the 25-year-old suited up for all 16 games.He saw plenty of action as a key member on special teams and should have a good chance at returning next season at a modest cap hit of just over $650,000. However, O.J. Howard (ankle) and Cameron Brate still profile the top two pass catchers at the position, making it an uphill battle for Auclair to gain meaningful opportunity on offense.
Auclair brought in his only target for 12 yards in the Buccaneers' 28-14 loss to the Saints on Sunday.
The reserve tight end continues to operate as a primary backup to Cameron Brate. Auclair's production is expected to remain minimal in his current role, with the one catch he's logged in two of the last three games representing his typical output as long as Brate is healthy in front of him.
Auclair played a season-high 36 snaps from scrimmage in Sunday's 27-9 win over the 49ers and brought in his only target for eight yards.
With O.J. Howard (ankle/foot) on injured reserve, Auclair should see similar playing time to Sunday moving forward behind starter Cameron Brate. Auclair notably outpaced fellow reserve Alan Cross by 21 offensive snaps overall, a distribution that's likely to hold in most of the team's remaining games given Auclair's higher upside as a downfield receiving threat. However, with so many mouths to feed in the Tampa air attack, Auclair's target share should remain modest barring a rash of injuries to other pass catchers.
Auclair brought in all three of his targets for 15 yards in the Buccaneers' 26-23 overtime win over the Browns.
Auclair played on a season-high 22 snaps from scrimmage, a rare taste of action on offense for the second-year tight end. All four Bucs tight ends saw action in the overtime affair, but Auclair's level of participation Sunday is far from trustworthy over the long term.
Auclair secured his only target for five yards and returned one kickoff for nine yards in the Buccaneers' 34-29 loss to the Falcons on Sunday.
The reserve tight end saw a rare target, but he was otherwise primarily involved as a blocker. Auclair doesn't figure for any meaningful fantasy production as long as both O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate are healthy ahead of him.
Auclair brought in his only target for eight yards in the Buccaneers' 48-10 loss to the Bears on Sunday.
The reserve tight end saw some additional snaps after O.J. Howard was forced from the contest with a knee injury, and he ended up notching his first reception of the season in the process. Auclair would only have true fantasy relevance if Howard were forced to miss any time, as he's primarily deployed as a blocker despite having shown some ability to get downfield during the last two preseasons.
Auclair made the Buccaneers' 53-man roster, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.
The second-year tight end snared three of five targets for 29 yards this preseason while also making solid run-blocking contributions. Auclair's impressive 6-foot-6, 256-pound frame makes him a nice-sized red-zone target as well; however, with O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate in front of him on the depth chart, he figures to see minimal opportunity in the base offense as long as the co-starters remain healthy.
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 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.
Auclair (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 2 tilt versus the Bears, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.
The towering tight end from Canada will take a seat in the Bucs' season opener, as the team boasts a crowded tight end depth chart helmed by the talented duo of Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard.
Auclair, an undrafted rookie from Laval University in Canada, has made the Bucs' initial 53-man roster, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.
Auclair began his rather unlikely journey to a spot on the final roster back in OTAs, where he impressed with both his blocking and receiving. He continued to turn heads at various points during training camp and wrapped up the exhibition slate with two receptions for eight yards against the Redskins last Thursday. Auclair brings some intriguing size at 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds, and it appears he'll get the chance to develop behind the likes of O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate.
Auclair hauled in his only target for nine yards in Thursday's 12-8 preseason win over the Jaguars.
Auclair is one of several players competing for a potential fourth tight-end role, although his 6-foot-5, 250-plus-pound frame likely gives him a slight leg up on his fellow competitors. He's been solid throughout the offseason and in training camp, and the battle for the job could ultimately come down to him and second-year man Alan Cross. Auclair will once again look to state his case in the all-important third preseason contest Aug. 26 against the Browns.
Auclair was impressive in Monday's joint practice with the Jaguars, Joe Kania of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
The Canadian import has been making waves throughout the offseason, but with Bucs boasting superior options at the top of the depth chart at tight end in O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate, Auclair's performance has largely gone under the radar. Although Auclair wasn't targeted in the preseason opener last week against the Bengals, he caught an impressive touchdown during team drills Monday, streaking down the right sideline after bringing in a pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick. The 6-foot-6 Auclair has a chance to snag the third tight-end role if he can translate the intermittent success he's enjoyed in practices over to the remaining preseason contests.
Auclair impressed while taking the majority of his snaps with the second-team offense Monday, Joe Kania of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
The undrafted free agent from Laval University in Quebec has turned heads since OTAs, when he shined as a pass catcher. However, it's been his blocking that's stood out early in training camp, with Auclair enjoying a particularly strong day Monday. The Buccaneers have ample depth on hand at tight end with Cameron Brate and rookie first-round pick O.J. Howard topping the list, but Auclair's impressive measurables (6-foot-6, 254 pounds) and early success in camp could make him a player to monitor in the preseason.
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