QB Reps Not A Big Deal To Brate

August 9th, 2018

Talks QB reps with receivers.

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter is in a pickle.

He must find a right balance trying to get reps for quarterbacks thanks to the three-game suspension of America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston. A lot of Bucs fans are fretting in hope that backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick will get enough reps. This is on top of worrying if Jameis will have enough snaps to step in Game 4 and start without a hitch.

So Joe decided to ask Bucs tight end Cam Brate about this. He seems to think this concern is overblown, at least in training camp and perhaps in preseason as well.

“It is actually not that hard,” Brate said of playing with different quarterbacks. “Really when you go in there, the way we switch up reps in practice, a lot of times you have no idea who is in at quarterback.”

Brate even added if receivers and tight ends are responsible, it shouldn’t matter to them who the quarterback is.

“You just go in there and do your job — in training camp,” Brate said. “During the regular season, it is very regimented. The starting quarterback is going to get all the reps.”

As for training camp and preseason, playing with different quarterbacks is the norm.

“Training camp, it is kind of interchangeable on who is in there,” Brate said. “It is good for everyone, working with different players and kind of getting on the same page because you never know what is going to happen during the seasons with injuries and who is going to be playing.”

Of course, if the Bucs win, this will all be forgotten. If the Bucs lose, folks are going to look for reasons and this is as good of a starting point as there is.

8 Responses to “QB Reps Not A Big Deal To Brate”

  1. 813bucboi Says:

    lets not create excuses…..its simple pitch and catch no matter who’s in or out…..im a little more worried about the QB C exchange…..


  2. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Wow. Joe, I owe you a huge apology.

    Because I had to reformat my computer a while back, I lost all my bookmarks. So I was searching for my predraft evaluation of Jameis Winston…and in the process I saw my other posts.

    I was a real jerk toward you, Joe. I apologize, lol.

    That said….here’s my evaluation of Jameis in 2015 before he was picked:

    Regardless, I think the pick is JAMEIS WINSTON

    And since that is the case, here are the things I will watch for in him:

    A. His Release has to improve throughout his rookie year
    I don’t expect perfection, just improvement.

    B. Pocket Awareness has to develop to a better extent than he has at the moment.
    I actually see facets of him that make me believe he will improve in this area.

    C. Mobility in the pocket has to improve.
    This is an area in which he is REALLY bad at present. He is more of a statue than Glennon.

    D. Ball Placement has to take huge leaps.
    Regardless of what Winstonites claim, his ball placement is way off, and that is the first reason his picks are so high.

    E. He has to deceive the defenses with his eyes, don’t stare down his targets.
    Even Winston and Gruden admitted to this problem. Winstonites have been denying it. I’ve been shouting it from the roof tops. The Gruden QB Camp confirmed it is a major issue. (told ya!) The good news is he showed with Gruden that he can learn to mislead the defenses. That was one of the things that won me over.

    If he is drafted to Tampa, I’ll support him. I’ll hope for the best. If he keeps his behavior clean, I’ll back him 100 percent.

    I was wrong on some of that, and amazingly accurate on other parts. I recall also saying that he would be a gunslinger and picks would be high at first…that he would take a lot of chances.

    So why did I do all that digging to find the post?

    Because when I accepted that we would draft him, I considered his perceived weaknesses, what it would take to overcome them, and how long it would take. If you considered this, you knew from the get go that it would take time.

    So many people back then wanted Winston over Mariota because they thought Winston would be an instant success, whereas Mariota would need development. I even saw a post where Buc4Lyfe said exactly that.

    Development takes time. When we drafted Winston, I accepted that. I’m not one to second guess myself. If I accept something, I’m not going to be upset when it happens.

    I was wrong about how Jameis would turn out, but that’s because he won me over after drafting him.

  3. DayOnePaul Says:

    For a receiver, especially a possession receiver like Brate or Hump, it’s not an adjustment. He runs to a spot and the ball’s there, or it isn’t. It’s the QB who needs the familiarity with the receivers, especially the deep patterns, that’s the issue.

  4. orlbucfan Says:

    Brate is correct. Tight ends have to be prepared for QB changes. He gets reps in with whoever plays QB including backups. Basic common sense. Buc/Bad Luck can knock the QB out of the game at anytime. Go Bucs!

  5. Lord Cornelius Says:


    Was thinking the same thing. Luckily Winston/Fitz have been here 2 years with the same guys pretty much so I don’t worry too much about it

  6. 813bucboi Says:


    you’ve been wrong a ton….lol…you owe lots of folks an apology….lol…


  7. Tom S. Says:

    +1 813bucboi

    Except that there should be as much or more pressure on the GM if the team falters again. GM selected Winston 1 overall. He hired the coaches. He built the team. No excuses.

  8. Pryda... sec147 Says:


    I think that’s awesome you apologized big step forward right there it’s a new season all that is in the past life is short got to love each day like it your last and tonight we got 1st preseason game!!!

    I knew it was going to take time for Jameis to Develop but I do believe he has grown big time since his first game. Let’s see if he can put it all together this season. MVP ceiling for him if he does. 40+ TDS >10 interceptions 4000+ yards •