|Team:||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|Ht / Wt:||6'4" / 245 lb.|
|Born:||July 3, 1991|
|Drafted:||2014 / UDFA|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Brate secured one of two targets for an 11-yard reception in the Buccaneers' 44-27 win over the Falcons on Sunday.
Analysis: The veteran tight end finished the regular season with at least one reception in seven straight games, a modest but noteworthy accomplishment considering Brate's typically modest snap share and the abundance of other passing game options for Tom Brady. Coming into the season, it was difficult to envision how Brate would have any truly appreciable role in the offense due to the Buccaneers' air attack's well-stocked shelf, but the Harvard product was active for all 16 games and finished with a respectable 28-282-2 line. Brate will now look to make occasional contributions in the upcoming postseason while also helping serve as a blocker in the running game.
Brate brought in both his targets for 27 yards in the Buccaneers' 47-7 win over the Lions on Saturday.
Analysis: Brate played his usual complementary role in the blowout win, recording multiple receptions for the second straight game and fifth time in the last six games overall. The 29-year-old may have a chance for an expanded role in a Week 17 matchup versus the Falcons if coach Bruce Arians opts to rest some of his front-line players.
Brate secured all four targets for 54 yards in the Buccaneers' 31-27 win over the Falcons on Sunday.
Analysis: Brate had seen a sudden downturn in targets coming out of the bye in Week 14 against Minnesota, logging just a single look from Tom Brady in that contest. That followed a three-game stretch prior to the Buccaneers' week off where the veteran tight end had seen a total of 13 passes come his way, opportunities he'd parlayed into a serviceable 10-88-1 line. Brate's resurgence Sunday saw him return to a similar level of involvement, but the fact he's part of an offense that has so many mouths to feed will continue to make him tough to trust in fantasy championship games Week 16.
Brate secured his sole target for nine yards in the Buccaneers' 26-14 win over the Vikings on Sunday.
Analysis: Brate shook off a late-week illness to log 24 snaps in the contest, although he was limited to his sparsest production since a Week 9 blanking over 12 snaps against the Saints. Brate had multiple receptions in three straight games prior to Sunday's, and although he's capable of similar occasional spikes, he remains a middling option during the fantasy postseason due to the considerable amount of competition he faces for targets.
Brate (illness) is active for Sunday's game versus the Vikings, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
Analysis: As expected, Brate has shaken off the illness that surfaced Friday and will suit up in Week 14. He should operate as the No. 2 tight end behind Rob Gronkowski, while Tanner Hudson, who missed last game following the passing of his father, will return to the lineup and slot in as the No. 3 tight end.
Brate (illness) is expected to play in Sunday's game versus the Vikings, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Brate was added to the injury report Saturday. The illness hasn't been linked to COVID-19, and he's healthy enough to play in Sunday's NFC matchup. He'll slot in as the No. 2 tight end behind Rob Gronkowski. Over the last three games, Brate has reeled in 10 passes for 88 yards and a touchdown, playing less than 50 percent of the snaps in each outing.
Brate (illness) was added to the injury report and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Vikings, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official sitereports.
Analysis: Brate has seen an uptick in playing time as of late parlaying at least 20 offensive snaps in each of the last three games into 10 receptions for 88 yards and a touchdown. Tanner Hudson, who missed the previous game after the passing of his father, would step in as the No. 2 option if Brate were ruled out ahead of Sunday's 1:00 p.m. ET showdown with the Vikings.
Brate secured four of six targets for 34 yards in the Buccaneers' 27-24 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday.
Analysis: The veteran tight end recorded multiple receptions for the third straight game, easily making it his most productive multi-game stretch of the season. Brate has seen his target tally climb in each of the three contests as well, but he continues to carry a relatively low fantasy floor thanks to the fact he sees the majority of his opportunities relatively close to the line of scrimmage while position mate Rob Gronkowski handles the downfield routes. Brate will look to keep up his recent solid level of involvement in a Week 14 battle against the Vikings following the Week 13 bye.
Brate secured three of four targets for 23 yards in the Buccaneers' 27-24 loss to the Rams on Monday night.
Analysis: The veteran tight end showed up on the stat sheet for the second straight game after a largely invisible first nine weeks of the season. Brate now has multiple receptions in consecutive contests for the first time all season after also posting a 3-31-1 line against the Panthers in Week 11. Despite the modest impact, the reality is Brate's numbers could quickly plummet on any given week, given the wealth of talent at the pass-catching positions for the Buccaneers. The Harvard product will look to carry over his recent momentum in a Week 12 matchup against the Chiefs that could feature plenty of passing from both squads.
Brate secured all three of his targets for 31 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' 46-23 win over the Panthers on Sunday.
Analysis: The oft-forgotten tight end was able to make a nice impact on the contest with a five-yard scoring grab late in the first quarter. The catch represented Brate's second visit to the end zone this season, with the other having come Week 4 against the Chargers. Despite the surprising success Sunday, it's worth noting Brate had a combined 4-46 line over the prior four games, making him a speculative play at best for a Week 11 Monday night showdown against the Rams.
Brate did not see a target over 12 snaps from scrimmage during the Buccaneers' 38-3 loss to the Saints on Sunday night.
Analysis: The veteran tight end's blanking on the stat sheet might unfortunately become more of a norm moving forward, much to the chagrin of he and his fantasy managers. Even on a night when Tom Brady was forced to go heavily to the air, the fact the rest of the team's extremely deep pass-catching corps was at full health resulted in Brate being a complete non-factor. He'll hope to have at least a modest number of opportunities in a Week 10 NFC South battle against the Panthers.
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