Brate brought in three of four targets for 26 yards in the Buccaneers' 28-22 win over the Eagles on Thursday night.
Analysis: The veteran tight end saw a boost from the one-catch effort he'd turned in against the Dolphins five days earlier, but he was still doubled up by position mate O.J. Howard in catches despite seeing only five fewer snaps (44-49) than his teammate. Brate has been the steadier producer of the two players even when Rob Gronkowski (ribs) has been healthy, but both figure to see their opportunities take a hit if the latter is able to suit up for the Week 7 home matchup against the Bears a week from Sunday.
Oct 15, 2021 9:07 PM EST
Brate secured his only target for 12 yards in the Buccaneers' 45-17 win over the Dolphins on Sunday.
Analysis: The veteran tight end logged only 27 snaps from scrimmage against Miami, 16 fewer than position mate O.J. Howard, who also saw two more targets. Howard had been the least involved of the two up to Sunday, and both players could see a further decline in opportunity as soon as Rob Gronkowski (ribs) returns to action.
Oct 11, 2021 9:58 PM EST
Brate is expected to make his second straight start Sunday against the Dolphins with top tight end Rob Gronkowski (ribs) ruled out for the contest.
Analysis: While Gronkowski's cracked ribs and punctured lung prevented him from playing in the Week 4 win over New England, Brate drew the start and played 64 percent of the offensive snaps. Meanwhile, fellow tight end O.J. Howard (68 percent) saw more field time, but he was deployed mostly as a blocker, running only 16 routes and drawing one target to Brate's 33 and six, respectively. Even if the playing-time split between Brate and Howard remains relatively equitable again Week 5, the former profiles as the more fantasy-friendly option.
Oct 8, 2021 2:37 PM EST
Brate and O.J. Howard could see added playing time this week, with fellow Bucs tight end Rob Gronkowski (ribs) doubtful for Sunday's game against the Patriots, Scott Smith of buccaneers.com reports.
Analysis: Brate saw just one target on 28 and 33 percent of snaps through the first two weeks of the season, with the lone consolation being that he was at least ahead of Howard (9 percent, 17 percent) for playing time. Gronkowski then hurt his ribs in the Week 3 loss at Los Angeles and with Gronk's snaps reduced in the second half, Brate finished with four catches for 35 yards on five targets (45 percent snap share). Howard, meanwhile, saw just one target on 19 percent of snaps, but he'll likely take over more of Gronkowski's workload if the Bucs aren't in comeback/catch-up mode (they trailed the Rams by multiple scores last week).
Oct 1, 2021 2:24 PM EST
Brate secured four of five targets for 35 yards in the Buccaneers' 34-24 loss to the Rams on Sunday.
Analysis: The veteran tight end logged a solid 33 snaps from scrimmage overall, with Rob Gronkowski's brief exit from the game playing a part. Brate logged 19 more plays overall than O.J. Howard, who is apparently still being brought along very cautiously after last season's Achilles tear. Despite the serviceable numbers from a PPR perspective Sunday, it's unlikely Brate will be reliable on a week-to-week basis as long as Gronkowski is healthy.
Sep 27, 2021 9:13 AM EST
Brate secured his only target for eight yards in the Buccaneers' 48-25 win over the Falcons on Sunday.
Analysis: The veteran tight end logged 21 snaps from scrimmage, which outpaced position mate O.J. Howard by 10 plays overall. Like Howard, Brate's one catch Sunday was his first of the season, and he's likely to continue filling a similarly modest role as long as Rob Gronkowski is healthy.
Sep 22, 2021 10:24 PM EST
Brate brought in both his targets for 18 yards in the Buccaneers' 23-16 preseason win over the Texans on Saturday night.
Analysis: The veteran tight end hadn't seen any exhibition action until Saturday, but he looked to be in regular-season form already. Brate's targets could certainly take a hit with the return of O.J. Howard this season, especially considering Brate saw single-digit snaps from scrimmage over the three full games his teammate played last season before going down with an Achilles tear. Brate's next taste of action comes in the Week 1 clash with the Cowboys on Thursday night, Sept. 9.
Aug 29, 2021 8:24 PM EST
Brate is likely to sit out Saturday's preseason game against Cincinnati, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
Analysis: Brate was on the PUP list with an undisclosed issue from July 24 to August 9, but it's possible that he'll sit out Saturday more for standard veteran rest. Brate is likely locked into a modest pass-catching role off the bench for Tampa Bay, a role in which he produced well in 2020.
Aug 14, 2021 3:11 PM EST
Brate (undisclosed) has been removed from the PUP list, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Analysis: Brate has been cleared to practice with the team Tuesday and will continue to provide Tampa Bay with quality depth in a tight end corps that also includes Rob Gronkowski and O.J. Howard. Brate, who re-worked his deal with the Bucs in April, finishing up the 2020 season with 28 catches (on 34 targets) for 282 yards and two TDs, while also making his mark as a blocker.
Aug 9, 2021 10:20 AM EST
Brate was placed on the active/physically unable to perform list Saturday.
Analysis: It's unclear what type of injury Brate might be dealing with, but it could be the Buccaneers simply choosing to be careful with their veteran tight end. Brate restructured his contract in the offseason, more or less guaranteeing his spot on the roster thanks to a slightly cheaper base salary. The 30-year-old will likely struggle to make a significant fantasy impact so long as Rob Gronkowski and O.J. Howard remain healthy.
Jul 24, 2021 1:15 PM EST
Brate restructured his contract to help the Bucs clear up $4.69 million in cap space, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Analysis: The new deal gives Brate a $2.425 million signing bonus, while his 2021 base salary dips to $1.075 million. The Bucs will have team options in 2022 and 2023, so this can mostly be viewed as a move to shift Brate's cap hit into future seasons. It should also solidify his roster spot in Tampa Bay, though targets will be hard to come by if fellow tight ends Rob Gronkowski and O.J. Howard stay healthy. Brate averaged only 2.1 targets per game last season, and that was with Howard out for most of the year. For fantasy purposes, the interesting part of Brate's renegotiation is that it freed up cap space for the Bucs to re-sign WR Antonio Brown.
Apr 28, 2021 8:33 AM EST
Brate (back) secured all three targets for 26 yards during the Buccaneers' 31-9 win over the Chiefs in Super Bowl LV on Sunday.
Analysis: The veteran tight end made good use of his scant opportunities, with a 15-yard catch-and-run sequence late in the first quarter getting the ball down to the Chiefs' 15-yard line on a drive that ultimately culminated in an eight-yard touchdown catch by Rob Gronkowski. Brate was outshined by his veteran position mate Sunday, but the Harvard product actually enjoyed a more productive late-season run with a solid 21-267-1 line on 27 targets from Week 15 through the Super Bowl LV victory. The soon-to-be eight-year veteran finished the regular campaign with 28 receptions, 282 yards and two touchdowns while also serving as a solid blocker for the run game, and with two years remaining on his contract at manageable cap hits of $6.8 million and $7.5 million as per Spotrac, Brate figures to at least return in 2021.
Feb 8, 2021 9:38 AM EST
Brate (back) is listed as active for Sunday's Super Bowl LV against the Chiefs, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
Analysis: Per Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com, Brate was a midweek addition to the injury report due to what was termed "minor discomfort" in his back, which limited him in practice Thursday and kept him off the field entirely Friday. Through three playoff games, Brate leads fellow tight end Rob Gronkowski in terms of targets, 16-7, likely making him a better bet to impact the box score Sunday.
Feb 7, 2021 2:05 PM EST
Brate (back) is expected to play in the Super Bowl on Sunday, despite being listed as questionable after missing Friday's practice, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Brate was a mid-week addition to the injury report, listed as a limited participant in Thursday's practice. He reportedly felt better Friday, yet the Bucs downgraded him to non-participation. If the tight end suffers a late setback, the team has Tanner Hudson and Anthony Auclair on hand for TE depth behind Rob Gronkowski.
Feb 5, 2021 1:12 PM EST
Brate (back) was held out of Friday's practice and is listed as questionable for the Super Bowl against Kansas City on Sunday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Brate was a mid-week addition to the injury report, starting with a limited practice Thursday. Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reported Thursday night that Brate was still expected to play, but it's possible the outlook has changed after the tight end missed Friday's practice. Tanner Hudson has served as Tampa's No. 3 tight end throughout the playoffs, while blocking specialist Anthony Auclair has been a healthy scratch.
Feb 5, 2021 11:00 AM EST
Brate (back) is expected to be available for the Super Bowl on Sunday, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Brate was limited in practice Thursday for "precautionary reasons" and "minor discomfort," per Fowler, so it doesn't seem as though there's any substantial concern about his availability. Despite handling roughly half the offensive snaps of Rob Gronkowski in Tampa Bay's last three playoff games, Brate has drawn nine more targets (16 vs. 7) in that span.
Feb 4, 2021 5:28 PM EST
Brate was added to the injury report Thursday, listed as a limited participant due to a back issue, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
Analysis: It's suboptimal timing three days before the Super Bowl, but there hasn't been any indication Brate's injury is serious. In the event he were to miss the big game, Tampa could turn to Tanner Hudson or Anthony Auclair alongside Rob Gronkowski in multi-TE formations. The 239-pound Hudson has shown some potential as a receiving threat, while the 256-pound Auclair is mostly kept around for blocking.
Feb 4, 2021 1:11 PM EST
Brate brought in three of five targets for 19 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' 31-26 win over the Packers in Sunday's NFC Championship Game.
Analysis: The veteran tight end once again delivered in the red zone, breaking wide open on a play-action fake early in the third quarter for an eight-yard scoring grab that extended the Buccaneers' lead to 21-10 following Ryan Succop's extra point. Brate made an impact in all three of Tampa Bay's playoff contests, posting a combined 11-149 line on 16 targets. He'll look to carve out another solid complementary role during a Super Bowl LV matchup versus the Bills or Chiefs on Sunday, Feb. 7.
Jan 24, 2021 4:24 PM EST
Brate brought in four of five targets for 50 yards in the Buccaneers' 30-20 divisional-round win over the Saints on Sunday.
Analysis: The veteran tight end played a key role in the passing game for the second straight postseason win, leading the Buccaneers in receiving yardage for the evening in the process. Brate has surprisingly become a much more frequent target for Tom Brady than the latter's long-time teammate Rob Gronkowski, and he'll look to once again make an impact in next Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Packers at Lambeau Field.
Jan 17, 2021 8:18 PM EST
Brate brought in four of six targets for 80 yards in the Buccaneers' 31-23 wild-card win over Washington on Saturday night.
Analysis: The veteran tight end surprisingly played an expanded role in the win, and his night would have been even bigger had he hung on for a tough catch in the end zone with 9:13 remaining that was initially ruled a touchdown and then reversed. Brate's production particularly stood out when considering fellow tight end Rob Gronkowski saw just a single target all evening, but it's worth noting he also had a pair of four-catch outings over the last five games of the regular season. Brate will look to offer solid contributions again in a divisional-round matchup against either the Rams or Saints next weekend.
Jan 9, 2021 9:53 PM EST
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