Bullish On Brate

June 18th, 2016
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Jameis likes.

Whether Tweety Austin Seferian-Jenkins is your starting tight end (doesn’t appear promising) has nothing to do with his mental meltdown last week.

Yes, ASJ is talented. But as Dirk Koetter likes to say, the best ability is availability. ASJ’s nagging injuries have left him unavailable in half of all games played since he was drafted two years ago.

What is not up for debate is the development of Harvard man Cameron Brate. Undrafted in 2014, Brate has skyrocketed up the Bucs’ depth chart, and nothing suggests he has reached his ceiling.

Brate has become so valuable that Jenna Laine of BSPN types how he is one of the favorite targets of America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston. Laine highlighted Brate’s standout minicamp this week.

Tight end Cameron Brate continues to be a popular red-zone target. During red-zone drills, he caught a diving, back-shoulder fade from Mike Glennon while working against safety Major Wright. Brate showed nice body control in keeping both feet in bounds.

Brate had another touchdown catch in the red zone [Thursday], running across the back of the end zone with Major Wright diving at his ankles. Head coach Dirk Koetter took notice, saying, “He’s got an uncanny ability to show up in the red zone and did so again today.”

The only knock Joe hears about Brate is that he isn’t much of a blocker. That’s where Luke Stocker comes in. He is a very good blocker and an underappreciated pass catcher. Bucs folks like his versatility.

Where ASJ factors in, well, Joe reports, you decide.

32 Responses to “Bullish On Brate”

  1. Dreambig Says:

    Rewatched a YouTube of Winston’s rookie highlights last night. ASJ pops up several times with some nice catches, including that nice Hail Mary grab in the end zone. Hopefully he does get his head together and gets committed to himself and the team. It’s still a bit early to give up on him, but in the meantime what a luxury to have Brate!

  2. HFXBUC Says:

    The luxury of having a top QB is how much better everyone else is when he’s throwing to them. Brate, Humpheries are two examples why drafting pass catchers early won’t be happening in Tampa anytime soon.

  3. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Would like to see ASJ use this year to prove himself as long it includes plenty of catches for Brate.Enjoyed watching Brate and Winston hook up on seam pattersns.Reminded me of Phil Simms and his ability to throw this pass.

  4. DemBoyzFromDaBay727 Says:

    It’s very nice to have a guy like Brate as a second option in the passing game. (Sorry but ASJ is still my 1st option.)the perks of having a franchise, pro bowl QB like Winston is that he makes everyone around him better, and I think that’s the case with Brate. Both of them make each other better really, but with Winston making Brate one of his favorite targets, especially in the redzone, that builds his confidence and makes him believe he belongs in this league as one of the better pass catchers, and that’s why you are seeing him make these spectacular catches in OTA’s now. But that is the benefit of having a guy like Jamies. He gonna make average guys around him look good. And I’m not saying Brate is average, but he doesn’t have ASJ talent either. Brady is a perfect example, look what he does with so little every year. You seen what Jamies did with Brate, now imagine what he could do with a healthy ASJ all season.

  5. Fsuking Says:

    From what I have seen, Luie Stocker is going to be our primary first and second down TE with ASJ or possibly Brate coming in on passing downs. It also appears ASJ is our redone TE with Brate once again getting plenty of work there.

  6. Rrsrq Says:

    As much as we like to believe in the underdog who works hard, generally elite athleticism (that’s works hard) will win out. Of course you have to be smart and not sure ASJ is that yet, but when it comes to lining up on that line of scrimmage and you’re facing a linebacker with the skills of say LVD, you better have some elite athleticism. I’m for ASJ, Brate and Stcker if those are the three TE that make us better, throw in Vitale too.

  7. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    From the article, Is Brate THAT good or is Major Wright THAT bad?

  8. Buc1987 Says:

    HFXBUC…I disagree. Sorry there’s always someone I disagree with.

    What IF the Bucs drafted pass catchers early? Would that not add more potency to the offense possibly making it a high octane offense?

    I say yes, and give this kid as many highly drafted weapons as possible. Don’t hold back on them. It would be really nice to have a very potent offense in Tampa along with an average defense. That to me smells like another SB. Me thinks that would put LOTS of smiles on the fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers faces.

    Load up the O!

  9. biff barker Says:

    Having a play caller who knows how to keep a defense off balance means that not every target need to be a superstar.

  10. Buc1987 Says:

    Scotty I think Jameis loves his TE’s. Loved them at FSU and it should continue in the NFL. Oh and Brate is pretty damn good. He’s still young, so time will tell if he flames out or not.

  11. Buc1987 Says:

    Marino, Duper and Clayton anyone?

    Culpepper, Moss and Carter anyone?

    Montana, Rice and Taylor anyone?

    Moon, Givens, Hill, and Jeffires anyone?

    More, more weapons. Never enough weapons for JW!

  12. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Brate has shown good route running ability and great hands and an ability to get open. I have seen ASJ appear clumsy at times when running routes and
    his hands have been suspect at times.Penalties were also an issue.plenty of room for both on team to see if ASJ can finally reach his untapped potential.

  13. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    I like Brate, but I’m not going to sit here and think that he’s a top tier TE. I’m also not going to think that the Bucs won’t draft a pass catcher early next year. Regardless of ASJ or Brate blowing up, we still probably need a VJax replacement next season. I don’t think I would draft a WR in round 1, but definitely rounds 2 or 3. Unless, of course, we got his replacement the way we got him, Free Agency.

  14. ATrain Says:

    If ASJ is the best TE every in the NFL but only gives you 6-8 games is he worth it???

  15. ManzielMadness Says:


    Gotta agree with 87 on this one we need more weapons… WR is thin
    and VJAX is getting up there in age. Not to mention if ASJ can’t make good on his potential then TE might be an option too. I like Brate but more as a second TE.

  16. LordCornelius Says:

    WR next year depends on how Bell / Humphries turn out (and potentially Murphy I guess) I think even if those 2 develop we’ll probably want to draft one in the top 3 rounds or sign a good FA regardless because neither is Vjax and not sure Vjax will still be with us at that point

  17. Buccaneers Says:

    Rooting for ASJ.

  18. LakeLandBuc Says:

    The bottom line… we need production from our TE’s.

  19. SOEbuc Says:

    Im rooting for all of them. If ASJ Can stay healthy and not be such a punk (we all remember what Winslows attitude did for the team) then I would like to see him at #1 but I would like to see them all get their time and hopefully make some nice plays

  20. Cobraboy Says:

    Vitale makes for a better “expanded” roster, as does Pamphile. The Bucs can keep 3 real TE’s—Stocker, Brate & ASJ—and an extra WR. That’s the beauty of cross-training.

    Vitale is kept as a back, Pamphile as an OL, but both can play a TE depending on the set.

    No need for 4 pure TE’s with different skill sets.

    Seems there are some solid guys at WR, especially slot with Humphries, Bell and Reedy, all possibly worthy of making the roster.

    Of course, as usual, opinions vary, all blessings.

    I am really liking how Licht is putting this team together…

  21. the real Bucobruce Says:


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  24. Buc1987 Says:

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  25. Fred McNeil Says:

    Scotty, I often wonder if it’s great catches or poor defense too.

  26. James Walker Says:

    He may be 30, but Brandon Myers is also on this team. We are deep at TE.

  27. Cobraboy Says:

    James Walker Says:

    He may be 30, but Brandon Myers is also on this team. We are deep at TE.

    Myers may be the one on the bubble.

    He’s not the blocker as Stocker. He’s not the receiver as ASJ or Brate. He’s not as versatile as Vitale (caveat: Vitale has to prove himself.) I don’t thunk he plays ST’s.

    He is a quality “traditional” TE, but seems the team is going away from “traditional” thinking in some positions…

  28. tickrdr Says:

    HFXBUC Says:
    June 18th, 2016 at 7:39 am

    The luxury of having a top QB is how much better everyone else is when he’s throwing to them……………….
    You are so right.

    Some things I learned en route to looking up other things.

    VJax83: In 2013, in 3 games with JF5 = 0 TDs.
    In 2014, in 11 games with JM12 = 0 TDs.
    But in 2015, in 10 games with JW3 = 3 TDs.
    In 2013, in 13 games with MG8 = 7 TDs.
    In 2014, in 5 games with MG8 = 2 TDs.
    ME13: In 2014, in 11 games with JM12 = 8 TDs.
    But in 2015, in 15 games with JW3 = 3 TDs.
    In 2014, in 4 games with MG8 = 4 TDs.
    LMurphy: In 2014, in 6 games with JM12 = 0 TDs.
    But in 2015, in 6 games with JW3 = 0 TDs.
    In 2014, in 5 games with MG8 = 2 TDs.
    BTW, in 2013, Tim Wright(UDFA) had 5 TDs and Tiquan Underwood(7th Rd) had 4 TDs.

    Heresy right?


  29. Buc1987 Says:

    tickdr…are you Glennon’s heart doctor or something? 🙂

  30. tickrdr Says:

    @Buc 1987:

    No, I have never met the young man. My daughter and her hubbie did meet him at at the Stadium Club Poker night in 2013 though. They thought he was a very nice and polite young man.


  31. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    Brate does have good hands and runs the hash marks good. Tough after hits as well but Rudy Humphries does not have very good hands or balance, too much double clutching and losing balance while catching the ball

  32. WheresYourBuccaneers? Says:

    The only knock Joe hears about Brate is that he isn’t much of a blocker. That’s where Luke Stocker comes in. He is a very good blocker and an underappreciated pass catcher. Bucs folks like his versatility.

    So I guess if Stocker is out there, it’s probably going to be a running play?