|Team:||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|Ht / Wt:||6'4" / 245 lb.|
|Born:||July 3, 1991|
|Drafted:||2014 / UDFA|
Brate, who was a frequent attendee at the informal workouts Tom Brady organized this offseason, recently revealed he was infected with COVID-19 at some point, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Analysis: It's unclear at what point of the offseason Brate was infected, and the veteran tight end has not elaborated on whether he had any symptoms. However, Brate did confirm the diagnosis in an Instagram post, during which he also promoted plasma donations for those who've survived the virus. Brate has since recovered and reported to camp with the rest of the veterans, and he'll look to continue developing a rapport with Brady while operating in a prime tight end group that also includes Rob Gronkowski and O.J. Howard.
Brate was among a contingent of Buccaneers skill-position players that attended a workout organized by Tom Brady at Berkeley Preparatory School on Tuesday, Rick Stroud and Joey Knight of the Tampa Bay Times report.
Analysis: Brate reportedly has already been getting some work in with Brady for multiple weeks as per the tight end's own admission on the Tampa Bay Lightning's Alex Killorn's Instagram Live show May 7, but Tuesday, he was joined by a significant number of his offensive teammates. That included fellow tight end O.J. Howard but apparently not Rob Gronkowski, who's naturally already amply familiar with the Buccaneers' new quarterback. Brate's track record of dependable routes and hands -- not to mention red-zone prowess -- could make him on of Brady's more dependable second-tier targets when the future Hall of Famer drops back this coming season.
Brate is less likely to be traded than O.J. Howard in the wake of the Buccaneers' acquisition of Rob Gronkowski on Tuesday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Auman cites two principal factors for this line of thinking, the first being that Brate already agreed to a contract restructure in March that saw him take a $4.25 million pay cut to remain on the roster for 2020. The other is the likelihood the 28-year-old, would fetch a lower draft pick in a trade than the younger and more athletic Howard would, despite Brate's superior proficiency in the red zone and more productive career to date. If he indeed remains in Tampa for the coming season, it's conceivable Brate plays a relatively similar role to that of the last two seasons, when he posted a combined 66-600-10 line off 104 targets across 32 games while playing a complementary role to Howard.
Brate agreed to re-structure his contract with Tampa Bay on Sunday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Brate was originally due to make $6 million with the team in 2020, however, he's expected to take a pay cut of some kind. He's been a steady contributor for the Buccaneers in his career, as over the past five seasons, his 27 touchdowns ranks fourth among tight ends over that span. Despite likely sitting behind O.J. Howard on the depth chart heading into 2020, his fantasy value received a major boost when Tom Brady elected to sign with Tampa Bay.
Brate secured one of three targets for a two-yard touchdown in the Buccaneers' 28-22 overtime loss to the Falcons on Sunday. He finished the 2019 season with 36 receptions (55 targets) for 311 yards and four touchdowns across 16 games.
Analysis: The young veteran at least managed to get into the end zone during the finale, salvaging what was disappointing finale otherwise. Brate did actually boost both his reception and receiving yardage totals over those of 2018, but that still equated to relatively modest numbers. Brate's production was unpredictable from week to week, as he posted a trio of catch-less efforts and also had three one-reception tallies. He's on the book for a reasonable $6 million in 2020, and it would seem likely the Buccaneers keep the reliable Brate around in what will be the third season of a six-year, $40.8 million contract before the 2018 campaign.
Brate secured two of five targets for 17 yards in the Buccaneers' 23-20 loss to the Texans on Saturday.
Analysis: The expectation was that Brate and fellow tight end O.J. Howard would see an uptick in workload Saturday with both Mike Evans and Chris Godwin sidelined due to hamstring injuries. However, that didn't equate any uptick in production for Brate, who actually generated his lowest production of the last three games. It's likely Godwin misses the Week 17 tilt against the Falcons, while Evans is already on injured reserve; therefore, the possibility for extra targets could be there for Brate once more in the regular-season finale.
Brate secured three of seven targets for 33 yards in the Buccaneers' 38-17 win over the Lions on Sunday.
Analysis: The veteran tight end checked in with tied for second with Breshad Perriman for targets on the afternoon, and he was just one behind the pace set by position mate O.J. Howard in that category. Brate's target share was his second highest of the campaign as well, and he could certainly be in for a solid workload again in Week 16 against the Texans with both Mike Evans and Chris Godwin set to miss the contest due to their respective hamstring injuries.
Brate logged 24 snaps and secured all four of his targets for 30 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' 38-35 win over the Colts on Sunday.
Analysis: The veteran tight end got into the end zone for the first time since Week 6 on a three-yard grab with 38 seconds left in the first half. Brate's four receptions also served as his second-highest tally of the season and snapped a miserable two-game stretch during which he secured one of two targets for five yards in Weeks 12 and 13. Brate and fellow tight end O.J. Howard combined for eight catches overall, an elevated total for the position in Bruce Arians' offense and one that could be more the norm for any games Mike Evans (hamstring) misses the rest of the way.
Brate brought in his only target for five yards in the Buccaneers' 28-11 win over the Jaguars on Sunday.
Analysis: A week after going without a reception for the third time this season, Brate managed only a slight improvement against the Jaguars. In contrast, position mate O.J. Howard recorded a season-high five receptions, but the use of the tight end position in coach Bruce Arians' offensive scheme continues to feature considerable game-to-game volatility. Brate will look to improve his production versus the Colts in Week 14.
Brate failed to bring in his only target in the Buccaneers' 35-22 win over the Falcons on Sunday.
Analysis: A week removed from a career-high 10-catch tally versus the Saints, Brate was a complete non-factor against the Falcons. At this stage of the season, trying to figure out how much the Buccaneers' tight ends -- be it Brate or O.J. Howard -- will be involved on any given week is pure guesswork, and neither player is therefore a reliable option heading into a Week 13 matchup versus the Jaguars.
Brate secured 10 of 14 targets for 73 yards in the Buccaneers' 34-17 loss to the Saints on Sunday.
Analysis: Brate paced the Buccaneers in receptions, receiving yardage and targets, putting together his best performance of the season after not seeing a target in Week 10 against the Cardinals. The veteran tight end's production has been anything but trustworthy, with the fact he came reasonably close to exceeding his season reception tally of 15 catches Sunday a fitting example of how uninvolved Brate has often been. Brate will look to follow up with another strong effort versus the Falcons in Week 12 matchup.
Brate secured two of four targets for 47 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' 37-26 loss to the Panthers on Sunday.
Analysis: Brate was on the receiving end of Jameis Winston's only touchdown pass of the day, notching a 10-yard scoring grab with 12:51 remaining in the fourth quarter. The veteran tight end posted a season-high figure in receiving yards, and he's now recorded both of his scores on the season in the last three games. Brate will take a 12-119-2 line into the bye week and will look to continue serving as an effective complementary option versus the Titans in Week 8.
Brate secured his only target for 11 yards in the Buccaneers' 31-24 loss to the Saints on Sunday.
Analysis: Brate made good use of his one opportunity, but it was another day of minimal involvement for the veteran tight end overall. Jameis Winston didn't pay much attention to anyone not named Chris Godwin on Sunday, however, so Brate was hardly alone in generating sub-par numbers. Brate will look to bounce back from his first single-target game of the campaign against the Panthers in a Week 6 overseas tilt over in London.
Brate hauled in all three of his targets for 36 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' 55-40 win over the Rams on Sunday.
Analysis: Brate crossed the goal line officially for the first time this season, bringing in a 13-yard scoring pass from Jameis Winston on the first play of the fourth quarter. The fifth-year pro had also seen two other touchdowns nullified by penalty back in Week 1 against the 49ers, so he still retains some red-zone equity. However, Brate has yet to see more than three targets in any contest this season, however, so he'll remain a speculative, touchdown-dependent option versus the Saints in Week 5.
Brate brought in two of three targets for seven yards in the Buccaneers' 32-31 loss to the Giants on Sunday.
Analysis: As his final indicates, Brate was subject to limited involvement in the offense for the third time in as many games to open the campaign. The veteran tight end at least had a pair of touchdown receptions nullified by penalty in the opener, lending credence to the notion he would still remain a viable red-zone threat as a complementary piece to starter O.J. Howard. However, Brate only has one official red-zone target on the season otherwise, and it's the team's receivers that are getting the majority of attention from quarterback Jameis Winston early on. Those looking for any sliver of optimism in Brate's uninspired Week 3 numbers can point to the fact his snap count jumped from 18 to 32 over the Week 2 victory against the Panthers, but there's no denying his fantasy outlook is bleak at present.
Brate brought in both of his targets for 10 yards in the Buccaneers' 20-10 win over the Panthers on Thursday.
Analysis: Brate logged a modest 18 snaps on offense, but he still surprisingly saw two more targets than primary option O.J. Howard. Through the first pair of games, the rumors of Brate's demise in coach Bruce Arians' offense have proven to have been exaggerated to an extent, as the veteran has four receptions on four targets and also had two touchdown grabs on the same drive nullified by penalty in Week 1. The fact Brate has just one fewer target than Howard through two games definitely seems like an outlier, and while that figures to correct itself in time, it seems there's certainly a role of at least modest degree for Brate in the offense.
Brate brought in both of his targets for eight yards in the Buccaneers' 31-17 loss to the 49ers on Sunday.
Analysis: Brate's final line belies the fact he made two touchdown receptions on the same drive in the second quarter, only to see each nullified by a Demar Dotson holding penalty. While those unfortunate breaks did fantasy managers no favors, it was at least encouraging to see the veteran tight end targeted by Jameis Winston in the end zone, where Brate was a staple in former coach Dirk Koetter's offensive scheme.
Brate (calf) was a full practice participant Thursday, Eduardo A. Encina of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Analysis: Brate dealt with an undisclosed injury in the latter half of August, which was revealed to be a calf issue on Wednesday's injury report. While he was listed as limited there, he upgraded to an uncapped showing Thursday, all but clearing him for Sunday's season opener versus the 49ers. Still, he likely will play second fiddle to No. 1 tight end O.J. Howard.
Brate (calf) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, the Buccaneers' official site reports.
Analysis: After spending the offseason in recovery mode from surgery on both hips, Brate received clearance to take part at the start of training camp. He made an appearance preseason Week 2, catching his sole target for eight yards while playing four offensive snaps, but he was limited thereafter due to an undisclosed injury. The Buccaneers tagged Brate with a calf injury to kick off Week 1 prep, so his activity level will be one to monitor as the weekend approaches. If he gets the all-clear to play Sunday against the 49ers, he'll serve as the No. 2 tight end behind O.J. Howard.
Brate (undisclosed) won't play in Friday's preseason matchup with the Browns, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Analysis: As was the case with Brate's recent practice absence, it's ambiguous whether he's injured or simply being held out for rest purposes. Either way, he's locked into the No. 2 tight end role for the Bucs behind O.J. Howard.
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