One Bright Spot

December 19th, 2016
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There wasn’t much to like in last night other than one team (the Bucs) played like crap and the other team (Dallas) had a near-historic performance by a quarterback, and a strong game by a running back, yet still the Bucs led in the fourth quarter.

That one lone offensive bright spot from a performance standpoint was tight end Cameron Brate.

While he didn’t rack up a lot of yards, Brate did have a third quarter touchdown, pulling in a 13-yard pass from America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston. Brate also had a circus catch of a Jameis throw over the middle that somehow Brate out-wrestled Sean Lee for.

Folks, this Brate, Harvard Man from Naperville, Ill., is legit. He is now tied with Hunter Henry of San Diego for the most touchdown catches this season by a tight end, seven.

Now if you can excuse Joe, he must take a break and go drop an ASJ.

22 Responses to “One Bright Spot”

  1. Trubucfan22 Says:

    I love me some brate! Not sure why some buc fans see TE as a huge need.

  2. unbelievable Says:

    Brate played great.

    Winston didn’t have a very good game. Even though he was running for his life quite a bit, I rewatched much of the game and counted at least 5 or 6 passes where he just flat missed, and he wasn’t under duress. Feet planted, clean pocket, and JW just missed his target. He’s still young, so I have hope he will be more consistent but he’s been very streaky this season again.

    Our defensive line simply can’t match up with with premier offensive lines. And as I’ve been trying to tell Joe since last year, the offensive line needs 2 spots to be upgraded.

  3. Doctor Stroud Says:

    Good point on Brate. I thought that TE would be a dire need in next year’s draft, but that will not be case. That will free up Licht to pursue other areas of need: WR, OLB, OL, DE, S, CB.

  4. Buc53 Says:

    Lol…there wasn’t this much Bucs scorn after they got whipped by Arizona.

    It was a 6 point/one score game. Stop acting like they got destroyed.

  5. James Walker Says:

    Brate may not be as athletic as many TE but good hands, good work ethic, and the brains to know the playbook and where you need to be goes far.

  6. Buccfan37 Says:

    The Bucs were outplayed. The results were obvious. Dallas was the better team. I’m still upbeat about the Bucs future, on track to further build a winner going forward. That team we lost to should change their name to the Plowboys because that’s what they did to our Bucs.

  7. orlbucfan Says:

    Buc53 Says:
    December 19th, 2016 at 1:03 pm
    Lol…there wasn’t this much Bucs scorn after they got whipped by Arizona.

    It was a 6 point/one score game. Stop acting like they got destroyed.
    The Rams nailed the Bucs, and the final score proved it. Ironic as their coach Jeff Fisher was let go a few days ago. Brate, Hump, and ME (he doesn’t vote)13 are turning into a serious group of receivers. Wish we had a fly on the wall when this team meets and has to deal w/game films.

    I am calling the final 2 games wins. Go Bucs!!

  8. Buc50 Says:

    Brate had one of the best catches this year…right up there with the Evans catch

  9. orlbucfan Says:

    Yeow! I meant the the Cardinals nailed The Bucs. Rams did, too. Brate already has NFL stats proving how good he is. He along with Hump will keep maturing. Love it. Go Bucs!!

  10. pick6 Says:

    probably wildly premature to compare him to a HOF player, but i think the TE on the opposite sideline has carved out the type of career that brate could have for himself. Super reliable TE who isn’t exactly a standout from a talent or physical standpoint, who can basically link his career to a rising star franchise QB that can throw passes to him for the next decade or so

  11. $acbuc$ Says:

    Famous let’s make Cameron Brate again. Go Bucs!

  12. mike Says:

    I thought the one bright spot was going to be Roberto was perfect. He actually looks like an NFL kicker on anything inside of 35 yards.

  13. bojim Says:

    Like to see a little YAC but dem hands!!

  14. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Trubucfan22 Says:
    December 19th, 2016 at 12:50 pm
    “I love me some brate! Not sure why some buc fans see TE as a huge need. ”

    I’m guessing because of Luke Stocker.

  15. c-spann Says:

    I think most fans would like a more explosive TE. Im good with Brate, you cant always teach hands

  16. The Buc Realist Says:

    @Buc Bonzai

    And maybe some expect the TE position to block as well!!! Our Tackles sure could use the help!!!! But it is something I expect CB84 will work on to become a well rounded TE!!!!!

    But I do not see how the Bucs could pass on a dominate TE that can help with pass protection, run blocking and be a passing threat!!!

  17. Phred Says:

    No one expected the Bucs to be in the playoff hunt this year. My God, a 9 or 10 win season with the overall talent level on this team would be an amazing achievement. If Licht and Koetter can keep the improvement trend line going for two more seasons, we’ll be the Patriots of the NFC.

    Let’s just keep things in perspective.

  18. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    1 more win and BigHog can no longer talk about a need for improvement on that last coach even though it took Koetter just 1 season to get there

  19. Doctor Stroud Says:

    Buc Realist makes a good point. There was a lot of talk this week about how much better off the Bucs running game would be with Stocker back. I’m not sure how much he was in the game, so maybe the Joes can look more into that. The running game sure needed help, and that is one factor that created an inconsistent offensive attack.

  20. Kbecks Says:

    “Brate the Great”

  21. Dave Says:

    Defense barely the real deal. Early in the year I thought TR would need to be addressed in the offseason. No more.
    Focus on both lines and a wr and another db

  22. Brandon Says:

    It’s fitting that we are now appreciating Brate for what he is right after we played Dallas, a young Jason Witten. Not huge, not overly athletic, but he makes the tough catches, good athleticism in tight areas, and reliable. It wouldn’t hurt us to add another TE in the offseason, but Brate CAN be a fixture and a weapon in this offense for years to come.