Cameron Brate

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tight End #84
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tight End #84

Cameron Brate News

Remains top TE option for now

Brate slots in as the No. 1 tight end on the Buccaneers' depth chart for the time being with Rob Gronkowski still non-committal about a return and O.J. Howard having departed for the Bills in free agency.

Analysis: That said, the veteran's standing at the top of the heap isn't likely to last even as far as training camp. Zac Blobner of Sports Radio 620 WDAE reports that Gronkowski alluded to there being a "very good chance" of his return to the Buccaneers in 2022 on an impromptu video shot in a Tampa-area barbershop March 16, a possibility significantly buttressed by Tom Brady's recent decision to return for at least one more season. Additionally, the team is very likely to focus on the tight end position with at least one of its draft picks this April, and there are at least a couple of free-agent options still on the market (Eric Ebron, Jared Cook) that would also presumably slot in ahead of Brate were they to be signed.

Mar 30, 2022 3:14 PM EST

Agrees to restructure contract

The Buccaneers and Brate agreed to restructure his contract to a two-year, $8 million deal Wednesday, Jenna Laine of reports.

Analysis: The six-year contract that Brate signed in 2018 locked him in with Tampa Bay through the 2023 season, but this restructure lowers the cap hits in both of the next two years. It remains to be seen if Rob Gronkowski and/or O.J. Howard stick with Bucs or move on in free agency, but at the very least the returning Tom Brady has Brate at his disposal at tight end in 2022.

Mar 16, 2022 12:35 PM EST

One catch in season-ending loss

Brate secured one of three targets for nine yards during the Buccaneers' 30-27 loss to the Rams in their NFC divisional-round matchup on Sunday.

Analysis: Brate had a minimal role in the season-ending defeat, even with Breshad Perriman (hip) and Cyril Grayson (hamstring) sitting out the contest and thereby thinning out the Buccaneers' pass-catching corps further. The veteran tight end remains under contract for the next two seasons at cap hits of $7.3 and $7.9 million, but it remains to be seen what type of offensive overhaul the team might undergo this offseason should Tom Brady decide to call it a career.

Jan 24, 2022 11:31 AM EST

Three catches in playoff opener

Brate brought in all three targets for 29 yards during the Buccaneers' 31-15 win over the Eagles in an NFC wild-card matchup Sunday.

Analysis: The veteran tight end filled his usual complementary role effectively and checked in third in receptions on the afternoon. Brate's catch total was his highest since Week 12 against the Colts, and he should be set for another modest role in next Sunday's divisional-round matchup against the Cardinals or Rams.

Jan 17, 2022 7:50 PM EST

Solid complementary numbers in '21

Brate, who brought in two of three targets for 12 yards in the Buccaneers' 41-17 win over the Panthers in Week 18, finished the 2021 regular season with 30 receptions (57 targets) for 245 yards and four touchdowns across 17 games.

Analysis: Brate's numbers were essentially right in line with his average figures over the three prior campaigns, a stretch during which he'd tallied 31.3 catches for 294 yards and four touchdowns per season. The veteran tight end continued to serve as the clear No. 2 option at the position behind Rob Gronkowski, and with the Buccaneers entering the postseason with a short-handed receiving corps, he could potentially see an uptick in involvement as Tampa Bay attempts another championship run.

Jan 13, 2022 2:58 PM EST

Another TD in Week 17 win

Brate brought in two of three targets for five yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' 28-24 win over the Jets on Sunday.

Analysis: Brate was able to make good use of his scant opportunities, crossing the goal line for the second time in as many games on a four-yard grab late in the third quarter. Brate's targets will likely continue to be limited in Week 18 and the postseason, but Antonio Brown's expected release should theoretically open up more potential targets in the air attack.

Jan 3, 2022 9:32 PM EST

Gets into end zone in win

Brate brought in two of four targets for 11 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' 32-6 win over the Panthers on Sunday.

Analysis: The veteran tight end didn't really see an appreciable uptick in targets despite the absences of multiple pass-catching options, but he did find the end zone on a four-yard grab late in the first half. Brate has three straight two-catch efforts and touchdowns in two of his last four contests, giving him some value in very deep formats for those desperate at tight end in their championship games in Week 17.

Dec 27, 2021 9:06 PM EST

Another two catches

Brate brought in two of four targets for 22 yards in the Buccaneers' 9-0 loss to the Saints on Sunday night.

Analysis: Brate produced a pair of receptions for the second straight game and failed to crack 30 yards for the 11th consecutive contest in the process. The veteran tight end's fantasy needle might be moved just slightly with the season-ending injury to Chris Godwin (knee) and the possible Week 16 absences of Leonard Fournette and Mike Evans with hamstring injuries, but even in such a scenario, he's unlikely to see more than a couple of targets over the 3.9 he's averaging thus far this season.

Dec 20, 2021 8:17 PM EST

Pair of grabs in win

Brate brought in two of four targets for 11 yards in the Buccaneers' 33-27 overtime win over the Bills on Sunday.

Analysis: Brate played on just 25% of the snaps, equating to 21 plays from scrimmage. The veteran tight end is still clearly ahead of non-factor O.J. Howard (five snaps), but as long as Rob Gronkowski is healthy, Brate is typically a touchdown-or-bust option each week.

Dec 13, 2021 9:07 PM EST

Finds end zone on one catch

Brate secured his only target for a three-yard touchdown in the Buccaneers' 30-17 win over the Falcons on Sunday.

Analysis: The veteran tight end played just 19% of snaps (13), but he was able to make good use of his one reception. Brate's three-yard score late in the first quarter served as his second touchdown reception of the season, matching his 2020 total, which was achieved over 16 games. Brate's visit to the end zone notwithstanding, he remains an option only in very deep PPR formats and as a DFS dart throw due to his typically low volume and limited role behind Rob Gronkowski.

Dec 6, 2021 12:41 PM EST

Makes trio of catches in win

Brate secured three of four targets for 23 yards in the Buccaneers' 38-31 win over the Colts on Sunday.

Analysis: The tight ends were a focal point of the air attack against a Colts defense adept at limiting wideout production, and although Brate's totals were a far cry from those of Rob Gronkowski's, he still turned in a serviceable line for those holding him in very deep PPR formats. Brate now has multiple grabs in three of the past four contests, although Sunday's tally represented his best figure during that period.

Nov 29, 2021 9:16 PM EST

Logs six targets in win

Brate brought in two of six targets for 27 yards in the Buccaneers' 30-10 win over the Giants on Monday night.

Analysis: The veteran tight end wasn't able to pay another visit to the end zone as he had in Week 10, but Brate was able to tie his season high in targets. He wasn't exactly efficient with his opportunities, yet Brate did encouraging log 35 snaps (45%) despite Rob Gronkowski's return to action from his back injury. Due to his generally modest role, Brate remains a consideration only in very deep formats and as a DFS dart throw for the foreseeable future.

Nov 23, 2021 9:15 PM EST

Gets into end zone Sunday

Brate brought in one of three targets for a six-yard touchdown in the Buccaneers' 29-19 loss to Washington on Sunday.

Analysis: The veteran tight end recorded a six-yard touchdown grab with 8:46 remaining in the third quarter to bring the Buccaneers to within three points at the time. Brate's visit to the end zone was his first since January's NFC Championship Game win over the Packers, but his volatile week-to-week production and the potential return to action of Rob Gronkowski (back) in Week 11 against the Giants makes him a risky proposition.

Nov 14, 2021 3:43 PM EST

Another modest showing

Brate secured two of four targets for 15 yards in the Buccaneers' 36-27 loss to the Saints on Sunday.

Analysis: Despite Rob Gronkowski exiting after just six snaps with back spasms and Antonio Brown (ankle) sitting out another contest, Brate was disappointingly quiet yet again. The veteran did spend more time on the field than position mate O.J. Howard by logging 37 snaps, but the two ended up with the same number of catches and Brate actually had one fewer yard. It seems evident at this point that fantasy managers should have very low expectations for Brate even if Gronkowski remains out in Week 10 against Washington following the Week 9 bye.

Nov 1, 2021 10:02 AM EST

Blanked on four targets in win

Brate failed to bring in any of his four targets in the Buccaneers' 38-3 win over the Bears on Sunday.

Analysis: It was a thoroughly disappointing afternoon for the veteran tight end, considering he logged a solid 40 snaps and yet came up empty. Brate has two or fewer catches in three of his past four contests, and with Rob Gronkowski (ribs) possibly back for the Week 8 battle against the Saints, his outlook may not brighten anytime soon.

Oct 25, 2021 7:44 PM EST

Outpaced by Howard in win

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

Held to one catch Sunday

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

Should fill in for Gronk again

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

Could replace Gronk on SNF

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 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

Season high in catches

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

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