|Team:||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|Ht / Wt:||6'6" / 256 lb.|
|Born:||May 28, 1993|
|Drafted:||2017 / UDFA|
Auclair has signed a one-year deal with the Buccaneers, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Analysis: Auclair had just one catch in eight games last season, but in 2020 he'll continue to provide the Bucs' tight end corps with depth and blocking prowess.
Auclair failed to come up with his only target in the Buccaneers' 32-31 loss to the Giants on Sunday.
Analysis: The blocking tight end continues to draw active status on gameday over Tanner Hudson, who's arguably a more effective receiver than Auclair but not as accomplished in clearing paths in the running game. Auclair has seen a steady snap count on offense the last two games (47 combined plays from scrimmage), but Sunday's target was his first of the season. With O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate as the top two options at the position, Auclair figures to remain in his current role unless injuries were to strike the duo ahead of him.
Auclair (calf) participated fully at Thursday's practice, Eduardo Encina of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Analysis: Auclair was limited Wednesday with a calf injury suffered during the preseason, but looks set to be ready for Sunday's season opener, barring a setback. He will provide depth for the Buccaneers depth chart behind starters O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate.
Auclair was forced out of Friday's preseason matchup with Cleveland due to a calf injury, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: It's unclear how serious the injury is, although it would come at an unfortunate time for Auclair, who's reportedly shown improvement as a receiver over the offseason. If the 26-year-old misses time, Tanner Hudson would be next in line to see reps at tight end behind O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate.
Auclair showed considerable improvement as a receiver during the first week of OTAs, Carmen Vitali of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: The third-year tight end has been mainly utilized as a blocking tight end during his first two seasons, as he's logged just 10 targets over that span. Auclair is likely to still have an uphill climb for passing game work barring injuries to O.J. Howard or Cameron Brate, but his 6-foot-6, 256-pound frame could make him an intriguing target near the goal line.
Auclair brought in seven of eight targets for 48 yards and returned two kickoffs for 19 yards across 16 games during the 2018 season.
Analysis: 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.
Auclair brought in his only target for 12 yards in the Buccaneers' 28-14 loss to the Saints on Sunday.
Analysis: 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.
Analysis: 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.
Analysis: 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.
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.
Analysis: The reserve tight end saw a rare target, but 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.
Analysis: 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 made the Buccaneers' 53-man roster, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: 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.
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