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 and returning two kickoffs for 19 yards across 16 games.
Auclair once again primarily filled the role of in-line blocker at the tight end position, although unlike his rookie 2017 campaign, the Laval (Canada) University suited up for all 16 games. Auclair saw plenty of action as a key member of special teams as well, and he appears to have a good chance of returning next season at a modest cap hit of just over $650K. However, O.J. Howard (ankle) and Cameron Brate still profile the top two pass catchers at the position, making meaningful offensive opportunity an uphill battle for Auclair, absent injuries in front of him.
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 played on a season-high 22 snaps from scrimmage, a rare taste of action on offense for the second-year tight end. All three Bucs tight ends saw action in the overtime affair, but Auclair's participation is by far the least trustworthy over the long term.
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.
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||8||3||2||25||12.5||14||0||0||0||2|
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||10||7||48||6.9||12||0||0||0||1|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||8||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||2||19||9.5||10||0||0|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||8||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||8||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|