The Power Of Brate

October 7th, 2018

Among the best.

The Bucs have one of the NFL’s most productive touchdown-scoring tight ends.

And his name isn’t O.J. Howard.

Howard, who is a freak for stretching the field, has been so good in the first three games that fellow tight end Cam Brate had almost been pushed aside.

With Howard out for the next game at least with a knee injury, Brate will be getting more targets in the red zone. He should.

With his touchdown against the Bears last week, it was Brate’s 16th since the start of the 2016 season. Only one NFL tight end has more touchdowns and that would be Kyle Rudolph of the Vikings who has 17. Jimmy Graham of the Packers also has 16.

How Brate has not made a Pro Bowl, Joe cannot figure out.

20 Responses to “The Power Of Brate”

  1. YoungBucs Says:

    I guarantee the Bucs don’t lose today.

  2. First Down Tampa Bay Says:

    What an offense Jason Licht has built. He deserves major props for creating this.

  3. YoungBucs Says:

    He isn’t making the pro bowl because he isn’t on a winning team kind of like the similar bias the little turds in the NFL push aside our good players in the top 100 for.

  4. sunshine Says:

    first down.. how can you give props to Licht when he has a losing record?? His job is to make the bucs a consistent winner which he has been failing at..

  5. Not there yet Says:

    You can’t spread out touchdowns over a 3 year period and ask why a guy isn’t in the pro bowl. They have to get in the end zone to target this guy. The offense took everyone by surprise so throw out the first two games along with the Chicago game and now that teams know your philosophy dirk go out and lets see you not look like last year and I don’t think he can do it. I think dirk has the same time of losing season he did last year because of the same mentality he wants us to think is different. Bad defense and no run game how do you overcome that

  6. BuccYa Says:

    Yup Jameis is back so as a defense you know he’s gunna force it to Brate and Evans in the red zone.

  7. Anonymous Says:

    Can’t tell you how often my fiancé Judy and I are watching the Bucs in the Red Zone and I will yell out “BRATE” when the play starts. — He has caught quite a few of those, especially from Jameis!

  8. Anonymous Says:

    YoungBucs Says: “I guarantee the Bucs don’t lose today”

    You called it, we are indeed undefeated vs the bye!

  9. adam from ny Says:

    omg i can’t take it…no bucs football on sunday…

    thank God for depth with oj out for a bit…it’s cam brate time – especially with jameis slingin’ the football

  10. adam from ny Says:

    hey if the bucs go into atlanta and the defense gets thrashed, i think that’s the straw that breaks the camel’s back…the writing is already on the wall…so if smith get’s embarrassed by his old team, i think the glazers swoop in and intervene…they can smith, and throw dufner in as interim dc…smith can’t get lit up against his old team or the glazers will bounce off the walls and have to do an intervention of sorts

  11. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    Maybe he hasn’t made the pro bowl because he plays on a crap team.

  12. adam from ny Says:


  13. First Down Tampa Bay Says:


    While yes he also deserves (discredit?) forr the awful defense, he also does deserve his due diligence for creating one if the NFL’s best offense. Now if only we had even slight competency on defense…

  14. Erik w/ Clean Athletics Says:

    I’m still upset with Brate for dropping that easy 1st down catch at the end of the eagles game to basically lose us the game… Please start catching the dang ball consistently, homie.

  15. SB Says:

    “How Brate has not made a Pro Bowl, Joe cannot figure out.”

    Really? I mean, Really? You can not be that dense Joe.

  16. LakeLand Says:

    The Bucs offense are far from being one of the NFL best

    According to Football Outsiders
    The Bucs offense are ranked 10th
    But they have them as the worst offense in the NFC South
    These are their rankings (DVOA) method, NFC Soputh teams

    3.New Orleans
    6. Carolina
    7. Atlanta
    10.Tampa Bay

  17. LakeLand Says:

    DVOA measures a team’s efficiency by comparing success on every single play to a league average based on situation and opponent.

    DVOA is a method of evaluating teams, units, or players. It takes every single play during the NFL season and compares each one to a league-average baseline based on situation. DVOA measures not just yardage, but yardage towards a first down: Five yards on third-and-4 are worth more than five yards on first-and-10 and much more than five yards on third-and-12. Red zone plays are worth more than other plays. Performance is also adjusted for the quality of the opponent. DVOA is a percentage, so a team with a DVOA of 10.0% is 10 percent better than the average team, and a quarterback with a DVOA of -20.0% is 20 percent worse than the average quarterback. Because DVOA measures scoring, defenses are better when they are negative. For more detail, read below.

  18. Gambelero Says:

    I like tight ends that can do it all. If Brate can’t improve his blocking, he’s going th be a part-time specialist.

  19. Pickgrin Says:

    Always Love Brate’s “Cam-Do” attitude…

    But its Time to start earning those big dollars Harvard. Hope your blocking skills are coming along. If not – we are going to be seeing a good bit of Cross and/or Auclair with OJ out for at least a game or 2.

    OL obviously needs help with run blocking and the loss of Howard is significant in that respect.

  20. Brandon Says:

    Anonymous Says:
    October 7th, 2018 at 9:23 am
    YoungBucs Says: “I guarantee the Bucs don’t lose today”

    You called it, we are indeed undefeated vs the bye!


    But I’m sure the defense probably still managed to give up 30.