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.
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 otherwise despite having shown some ability to get downfield during the last two preseasons.
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.
|15||12/16/18||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|16||12/23/18||@ DAL||1:00 pm|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||8||3||2||25||12.5||14||0||0||0||2|
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||10||4||5||28||5.6||8||0||0||0||0|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||8||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||10||1||9||9.0||9||0||0|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||8||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||10||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||10||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|