Brate failed to record a single target in Sunday's 30-17 loss to the Falcons.
Analysis: Brate played the most offensive snaps of any Buccaneers tight end Sunday, but he was a complete non-factor in the contest. The veteran's 49 percent snap percentage was his highest since Week 12. Brate has just not been a major part of Tampa Bay's offensive game plan this season, as rookie Cade Otton has emerged as the top pass-catching option at tight end. The veteran will look to get more involved in the wild card round of the playoffs, as the Buccaneers will host the Cowboys on Monday night.
Jan 11, 2023 2:59 AM EST
Brate (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 17 clash against the Panthers, Greg Auman of FOXSports.com reports
Analysis: Brate had played just eight snaps in the Week 16 overtime win against the Cardinals and is now a relatively surprising healthy scratch Sunday. In his stead, rookie Cade Otton will serve as the clear top pass-catching option at tight end, while veteran Kyle Rudolph and fellow first-year pro Ko Kieft will rotate behind him, primarily as blocking options.
Jan 1, 2023 8:48 AM EST
Brate played just eight snaps from scrimmage and did not log a target in the Buccaneers' 19-16 overtime win over the Cardinals on Sunday night.
Analysis: Brate was outpaced by rookie position mate Cade Otton significantly in snaps, as the latter logged 60 more plays from scrimmage than the veteran. The disparity came abruptly considering Brate had just been in on 19 plays to Otton's 48 in Week 15 against the Bengals and recorded a pair of receptions on four targets. Little-used veteran Kyle Rudolph and rookie Ko Kieft were also active Sunday and saw 11 and 14 snaps, respectively, so perhaps Brate's reduced opportunity was simply the result of a one-week glut at tight end.
Dec 27, 2022 9:44 AM EST
Brate brought in two of four targets for 25 yards in the Buccaneers' 34-23 loss to the Bengals on Sunday.
Analysis: The veteran tight end outpace rookie position mate Cade Otton by one reception, five yards and three targets, somewhat of a departure from recent trends. Brate still logged 19 fewer snaps than Otton's 48, however, so the numbers for each player could simply prove to be a bit of an outlier in the team's remaining games.
Dec 19, 2022 11:04 PM EST
Brate brought in two of four targets for 12 yards in the Buccaneers' 35-7 loss to the 49ers in Week 14.
Analysis: Brate had missed the Week 13 win over the Saints with an illness, but he was back to his usual complementary role alongside rookie Cade Otton for Sunday's defeat. The veteran tight end has progressively ceded more pass-catching work to his younger teammate, who doubled him up in receptions, logged an additional target and recorded 45 snaps to Brate's 28. The arrangement is likely to persist in a Week 15 home interconference battle with the Chiefs.
Dec 13, 2022 7:11 AM EST
Brate (illness) practiced fully Wednesday.
Analysis: Brate sat out last Thursday and Friday due to an illness, but despite practicing in full Saturday he still was given a questionable designation for Monday's game against the Saints. Eventually, the Bucs included him among their inactives, resulting in his fifth absence of the season. Now that he's back to all activity to begin the week of prep, Brate seemingly is good to go as the team prepares for Sunday's visit to San Francisco.
Dec 7, 2022 1:48 PM EST
Brate (illness) is listed as inactive Monday versus the Saints, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
Analysis: Brate opened Week 13 prep with back-to-back absences as he dealt with an illness, but he managed a full session Saturday and went down as questionable to play Monday. This last point may have been a tell, though, as he'll miss his fifth game of the campaign. With Brate sidelined, Cade Otton, Ko Kieft and Kyle Rudolph will be Tampa Bay's available tight ends.
Dec 5, 2022 3:56 PM EST
Brate (illness) is listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Saints, someone reports.
Analysis: Brate failed to practice both Thursday and Friday, but the veteran tight end was available fully Saturday, which would seem to indicate he'd be able to play. In the event Brate is unavailable, rookie Cade Otton has essentially been the team's lone tight end, although a healthy Brate would likely mean both tight ends split snaps.
Dec 3, 2022 1:54 PM EST
Brate (illness) didn't practice Friday.
Analysis: After missing back-to-back practices, Brate has one last chance Friday to join his teammates. He could play in Monday's game against the Saints even if he's out another day, as he's been with QB Tom Brady for three years now and with the Bucs for much longer. Rookie Cade Otton has typically handled a near-every-down role when Brate is out, while the two tend to split snaps when the veteran is healthy.
Dec 2, 2022 1:32 PM EST
Brate didn't practice Thursday due to an illness.
Analysis: The severity of Brate's illness isn't known, but he'll have two more chances to practice this week before the Buccaneers determine if he's fit to play Monday against the Saints. In Tampa Bay's Week 12 overtime loss to Cleveland, Brate played two fewer snaps (35 to 33) than rookie Cade Otton, but the veteran was the more productive receiver of the team. Brate finished with two catches for 15 yards on five targets, while Otton failed to draw a look from quarterback Tom Brady.
Dec 1, 2022 1:58 PM EST
Brate brought in two of five targets for 15 yards in the Buccaneers' 23-17 overtime loss to the Browns on Sunday.
Analysis: Brate logged just one fewer snap than position mate Cade Otton's 36 and finished third on the team in targets. However, the veteran hasn't exceed Sunday's yardage total in the last three games overall, however, so his upside remains nearly non-existent while Otton is healthy in front of him.
Nov 28, 2022 9:17 PM EST
Brate (neck) brought in one of two targets for eight yards in the Buccaneers' 21-16 win over the Seahawks on Sunday.
Analysis: Brate was able to make his return following a three-game absence and logged a solid 34 snaps overall, but that was still 12 behind rookie teammate Cade Otton. Otton also finished with one more target and two more catches, and it appears his solid play of late has likely pushed him ahead of Brate as the top pass-catching option at tight end.
Nov 14, 2022 10:56 PM EST
Brate (neck) is active for Sunday's game against the Seahawks in Munich, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
Analysis: Brate will dress for the first time since suffering the neck injury in the Buccaneers' Week 6 loss to the Steelers after he completed a regimen of three full practices from Wednesday through Friday. Though he's served as Tampa Bay's starting tight end when available this season, Brate could find himself in a timeshare with rookie Cade Otton in the former's first game back from injury. Otton has turned in an impressive 11-147-1 receiving line on 16 targets while Brate has been sidelined for the past three contests.
Nov 13, 2022 5:04 AM EST
The Buccaneers list Brate (neck) as questionable for Sunday's game against the Seahawks in Munich.
Analysis: Brate was a full participant in practice Wednesday through Friday, so he'll more than likely suit up in Germany and is likely just carrying a designation for precautionary reasons in the event of a setback leading up to Sunday's 9:30 a.m. ET kickoff. The veteran tight end has missed four of the Buccaneers' last five games with a concussion and a neck injury, so he could be eased back into the mix Week 10 with a smaller role than usual. Given that rookie Cade Otton has produced well in Brate's stead, the Buccaneers don't have reason to hand the latter a big snap count if he suits up Sunday.
Nov 11, 2022 10:35 AM EST
Brate (neck) practiced fully Wednesday.
Analysis: After missing three of the last four contests due to first a concussion and then a neck injury, Brate appears to have gained medical clearance to return to action following Wednesday's uncapped session. His workload in the short term could be impacted, though, as rookie tight end Cade Otton has compiled a 13-170-1 line on 19 targets during the aforementioned four-game stretch.
Nov 9, 2022 2:29 PM EST
Brate (neck) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Rams, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Brate has missed four of the past five games, first suffering a concussion and now sitting out three in a row with a neck injury. He did return to limited practice participation this week, and thus could make it back for a Week 10 matchup with the Seahawks in London. Rookie Cade Otton has topped 80 percent snap share in each game Brate has missed this year, putting up receiving lines of 6-43-0 (seven targets), 4-64-0 (five targets) and 2-15-0 (five targets).
Nov 4, 2022 9:40 AM EST
Brate (neck) was limited at practice Thursday.
Analysis: Stringing together back-to-back capped sessions generally would be a good sign for a player that's been sidelined for two games. However, Brate suffered a concussion and a neck injury in the span of three contests from Weeks 4 through 6, so the Buccaneers likely will continue to take a cautious approach with their No. 1 tight end. Friday's practice report may provide a glimpse into the team's plans for Brate in advance of Sunday's game against the Rams.
Nov 3, 2022 2:34 PM EST
Brate (neck) practiced on a limited basis Wednesday.
Analysis: This marks Brate's first noticeable on-field work since he suffered a neck injury Week 6 at Pittsburgh. The Buccaneers likely are exercising the utmost caution with the tight end after he sustained a concussion and the aforementioned health concern in the span of three games. In any case, with some activity under his belt this week, Brate's status bears watching as the week continues.
Nov 2, 2022 3:10 PM EST
Coach Todd Bowles said Wednesday that Brate (neck) is ruled out for Thursday's game against the Ravens, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
Analysis: Brate will miss his second straight game as he continues working his way back from a neck injury. In his stead, the Buccaneers will rely on Cade Otton, Kyle Rudolph and perhaps Ko Kieft (ankle) to hold down the fort at tight end versus Baltimore.
Oct 26, 2022 9:23 AM EST
Brate (neck) didn't participate in Tuesday's walkthrough, Brianna Dix of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
Analysis: After sitting out Week 5 due to a concussion, Brate returned to action Week 6, only to suffer a neck injury in that contest. There's no telling when the tight end will gain clearance to return to action, but he seems in danger of logging a third DNP in four games. If he's unable to play Thursday versus the Ravens, Brate will yield reps at the position to Cade Otton, Kyle Rudolph and potentially Ko Kieft (ankle), the latter of whom was listed as limited on Tuesday's practice report after logging no activity Monday.
Oct 25, 2022 2:19 PM EST
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