|Ht / Wt:||6'6" / 256 lb.|
|Born:||May 28, 1993|
|Drafted:||2017 / UDFA|
Auclair is signing a contract with the Texans, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: It appears to be pretty much anyone's ballgame for the starting tight end job in Houston following the release of veteran starter Darren Fells this offseason. Auclair saw the majority of his reps on special teams last year in Tampa Bay and failed to catch his lone target on the season. Perhaps a change of scenery can jolt the fifth-year pro's career.
Auclair failed to bring in his only target over eight games during the 2020 regular season, logging 70 snaps overall from scrimmage and another 83 on special teams.
Analysis: The fourth-year pro mostly toiled in anonymity again in 2020, arguably more so than in his first three seasons, when he at least got on the board with a minimum of one reception. Auclair's snap count on both offense and special teams were both career lows, and when he was in uniform, it was for his solid run-blocking and special teams play. The depth chart simply got to steep for Auclair to navigate this past season, as Rob Gronkowski and Cameron Brate proved capable of handling pass-catching duties at tight end almost exclusively. Auclair played 2020 on a one-year contract, and given his familiarity with the organization and system, it's certainly possible he's back for a fifth year in 2021.
Auclair (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's matchup against Atlanta.
Analysis: Tanner Hudson gets the gameday nod over Auclair, providing depth at the tight end position behind Rob Gronkowski and Cameron Brate for the divisional clash. Auclair garnered his second start of the season last Sunday in a win over Minnesota, fielding 14 offensive snaps. The 27-year-old has been a non-factor in the passing game throughout 2020, as he remains without a catch on one target this season.
Auclair logged a season-high 25 snaps from scrimmage but did not record any statistics in the Buccaneers' 46-23 win over the Panthers on Sunday.
Analysis: Auclair also played an additional 14 snaps on special teams, making it a busy afternoon for the fourth-year tight end. The 27-year-old's above-average run blocking is likely to continue to guarantee him active status, but he's highly unlikely to see any targets as long as Rob Gronkowski and Cameron Brate remain healthy in front of him.
Auclair logged four snaps on offense without a target in the Buccaneers' 38-3 loss to the Saints on Sunday night.
Analysis: The blocking tight end was active for the second straight week as the No. 4 option at the position, but he unsurprisingly served exclusively as an extra blocker for the ground attack. Auclair's role when active should continue to closely mirror that of Sunday night's, presently making him a non-factor in all fantasy formats absent multiple injuries at the position.
Auclair (calf), who was activated from injured reserve Saturday, played three snaps from scrimmage and another nine on special teams in the Buccaneers' 25-23 win over the Giants on Monday night.
Analysis: The big tight end had an unsurprisingly minimal role on offense, as the Buccaneers kept all four players at the position active. Auclair may usurp Tanner Hudson for the third tight end spot on some weeks moving forward, but that slotting isn't expected to equate to any meaningful fantasy production unless multiple injuries strike the position.
The Buccaneers activated Auclair (calf) from injured reserve Saturday.
Analysis: Auclair has practiced for two weeks and will return to the lineup for Monday's game versus the Giants. The 27-year-old tight end didn't play an offensive snap in the only game he suited up this year, and he'll likely stick to special teams upon return to the lineup since Rob Gronkowski, Cameron Brate and Tanner Hudson all have secured roles.
The Buccaneers designated Auclair (calf) for return Wednesday, per the NFL's official transaction page.
Analysis: Auclair has been out since Week 2 when he suffered the calf injury in a win over the Panthers. The team will need to activated him officially in order for Auclair to suit up, but this news confirms that the Laval product will return in the next three weeks. The Buccaneers could use the depth at tight end since O.J. Howard was ruled out for the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon.
Coach Bruce Arians said Monday that Auclair is "close" to a return but may not be ready for Thursday's game versus the Bears, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
Analysis: Auclair is eligible to return to practice this week and could play in Thursday's matchup, but it sounds like he'll likely sit out another week before potentially returning in Week 6 against the Packers. The Buccaneers could use the depth at tight end since O.J. Howard is expected to be done for the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon.
Auclair (calf) was placed on IR on Friday, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
Analysis: Auclair has already been ruled out of Sunday's game against Carolina, and this move ensures that he will miss at least two additional contests. The depth tight end could return as early as Week 5 against Chicago on Thursday Night Football.
Auclair (calf) has been ruled out of Sunday's game versus the Panthers.
Analysis: Auclair missed the last two practices of the week and will watch from the sidelines during Sunday's divisional bout. The 27-year-old TE is buried on the depth chart anyway and played strictly on special teams in the season opener.
Auclair (calf) did not participate in Thursday's practice, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Auclair began the week as a limited participant, so Thursday's complete lack of activity could indicate that he's suffered a setback in his recovery. Of course, Auclair only contributed on special teams Week 1, so if he's forced to sit out Sunday's game against the Panthers, it won't have a noticeable impact on Tampa Bay's offense.
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.
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