|Team:||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|Ht / Wt:||6'4" / 245 lb.|
|Born:||July 3, 1991|
|Drafted:||2014 / UDFA|
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.
Brate brought in both of his targets for 35 yards in the Buccaneers' 25-23 win over the Giants on Monday night.
Analysis: The veteran tight end was a solid complementary presence in the victory, trailing position mate Rob Gronkowski by a pair of catches and targets apiece while playing just 12 snaps for the second consecutive contest. Brate does have at least one catch in five straight games, but his already shaky level of involvement could take a further hit with the expected Week 9 debut of Antonio Brown (suspension) adding another high-volume asset to the pass-catching pool.
Brate brought in his only target for an eight-yard catch in the Buccaneers' 45-20 win over the Raiders on Sunday.
Analysis: Brate logged just 12 snaps from scrimmage overall, which constituted 17 percent of Tampa Bay's offensive plays on the day. The veteran's playing time was at its lowest point since prior to O.J. Howard's season-ending Achilles tear, so it remains to be seen if Sunday's usage was merely an outlier or the start of a longer-term trend. What is more certain is that the target share of the remaining members of Tampa Bay's pass-catching corps will take a hit once Antonio Brown (suspension) hits the field in Week 9 or beyond, and a player already struggling for looks such as Brate could well see their role diminish further.
Brate hauled in his only target for three yards in the Buccaneers' 38-10 win over the Packers on Sunday.
Analysis: With Chris Godwin returning from a hamstring injury, position mate Rob Gronkowski logging a team-high eight targets, and Ronald Jones responsible for most of the remaining offensive production, Brate was mostly a forgotten man one game after posting a season-best 5-44 line in a loss to the Bears. O.J. Howard's season-ending Achilles injury theoretically bumps Brate up a notch on the depth chart, but that doesn't necessarily equate to being a very high priority in a talent-rich pass-catching corps. Brate will look to bump up his numbers in a Week 7 road showdown against the Raiders.
Brate secured five of six targets for 44 yards in the Buccaneers' 20-19 loss to the Bears on Thursday night.
Analysis: Kept in proverbial mothballs for the first three games of the season, Brate was on the radar for the first time in 2020 in Sunday's win over the Chargers by virtue of a three-yard touchdown grab. However, he was back to playing a significant role Thursday, tying Mike Evans for the team lead in receptions and drawing even with Rob Gronkowski and Tyler Johnson for second in targets. The absence of O.J. Howard (Achilles) for the rest of the season should give Brate an opportunity to continue building on the chemistry he and Tom Brady developed all summer, with the veteran tight end's next opportunity to make an impact coming in a Week 6 home battle against the Packers on Sunday, Oct. 18.
Brate brought in his only target for a three-yard touchdown in the Buccaneers' 38-31 win over the Chargers on Sunday.
Analysis: The veteran tight end had yet to be targeted coming into Sunday's contest, and although he only played on 16 snaps (21 percent) against the Chargers, Brate was able to make the most of his one ball thrown his way. Ironically, his first-quarter touchdown grab came way before O.J. Howard suffered what coach Bruce Arians termed a ruptured Achilles late in the game, but given his teammate's season-ending injury, Brate now stands to see his role significantly expand beginning with Thursday night's Week 5 battle against the Bears.
Brate was not targeted during Sunday's 28-10 win against the Broncos.
Analysis: The Harvard grad has fielded 16 total offensive snaps over the first three weeks of 2020, but Tom Brady has yet to target him once. Rob Gronkowski remains the only player at the position with any receptions on the season, and he stands at a mark of eight. Brate collected 36 catches, 311 yards and four touchdowns last year splitting duties at the position with O.J. Howard, but during 2020 his role appears to be extremely limited barring an injury ahead of him on the depth chart.
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