July 11th, 2019


Joe is starting to believe the Bucs have a star on their roster, and he’s not even a full-time starter.

Think about it, the Bucs have Mike Evans, one of the best receivers in the game. Since 2016, Evans has the fourth-most receiving touchdowns in the game (25). He’s putting up Hall of Fame numbers and Joe is not using hyperbole here. He’s a first down machine.

Now if Joe had told you Evans (or any other receiver) had, say, the eighth-most touchdowns in the NFL through the last three seasons, you’d say that’s damn good and likely be confident the Bucs have one of the best in the game, right?

Well, the Bucs do have such a person. And he’s not even a full-time starter. And he’s not expected to be a full-time starter.

Hell, he’s not even a receiver.

Ladies and gentlemen, let Joe introduce you to Cameron Brate!

Joe was sifting through Twitter and ran across how Brate is among the league leaders in touchdowns the past three seasons. Joe checked that with the reliable Pro Football Reference and voila! Brate is tied with five other players with 20 touchdowns the past three seasons.

Not a receiver, mind you. A tight end. The only tight end who has more touchdowns than Brate is Kansas City’s Travis Kelce with 22. Brate’s 20-touchdown total is nearly double that of malcontent wide receiver DeSean Jackson (11).

Brate may be the most underrated player in the NFL, certainly among tight ends. All the folks typing about the Bucs from faraway places like Boston and Cleveland and posh upper-east side condos in Manhattan, where the ivory tower types look down from their balconies at the hordes of the unwashed pushing themselves down the sidewalks, write constantly about how O.J. Howard will light up the NFL. And he very well may do just that.

When is the last time you read a peep about Brate from these same types?

So is Brate underrated? A lot of evidence suggests yes, he is.

46 Responses to “Underrated”

  1. Lamarcus Says:

    One of the highest paid TE is underrated?

  2. Jmarkbuc Says:

    It’s Cameron Brate week? Nobody told me..

  3. ATLBucs Says:

    He is but won’t be for too much longer

  4. BA FAN Says:

    His touchdowns are Great but he is not a blocking TE. With D. Smith needing a blocking TE on his side when he is facing a speed rusher (which you will see right away with Smith facing speed rusher Dee Ford in our first game with the 49ers) you will likely see Auclair start on that side to chip Ford and then go out for passes and Auclair is an inch taller than Brate and can catch passes too as well as block. Give Auclair as many TD targets as Brate and Auclair could get more TDs than Brate because his heavier weight would allow him to brace against a CB trying to come over his back and knock down the pass.

  5. Buc4evr Says:

    I actually expect to see him line up in the slot this year. Total mismatch. He’s got great hands and can run all the routes.

  6. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Brate = the Adam Humphries of TEs.

    Not an elite blocker. Not over sized or an elite athlete. Just gets to the right spots and makes catches – especially contested catches – more often than not.

    In the red zone that’s been conducive to a lot of tight window type box out TDs where he/Winston have a good chemistry.

    We still need to run this offense through Evans/Godwin/Howard.

    When we get in red zone it’ll be great having the 2 TE set and having Evans/Godwin/Howard/Brate all on the field. That’s 4 players who can win contested catches in traffic so you just pick your best matchup.

  7. TampaBayAllTheWay Says:

    On the 5th day of the league year this year, NONE of Brate’s contract was guaranteed. None! So a BACKUP TE coming off of major hip labrum surgery, prudently gets released, then re-signed by a COMPETENT G.M. to a $ 3 million base salary, plus game roster bonus and production incentives above that, for a 2019 backup TE who doesn’t block, in a system (BA’s) that does NOT utilize 2 TE sets hardly ever if ever. That’s…what a competent GM would do.

    And for any noise that you all would reference on well “Licht doesn’t believe in asking players essentially to take pay cuts yada yada”…well that fat buffoon is why (with his shoddy drafting and BOY SCOUT TROOP like kumbaya mantra)…is why we are in salary cap h3ll !!

    This is a professional sport, and Brate would be LUCKY to get that anywhere else! The buffoon SHOULD be running his contractual philosophy like Howie Roseman, Les Snead, Chris Ballard, Thomas Dimitroff…etc. It’s a business, do your job player X, or get out and you’ll get paid what we decide to pay you.Licht continues to try and build goodwill for players to later contribute to his food stamp fund on the unemployment line.

    That’s…how real franchises are run…successfully. Backups get backup money especially off surgery.

  8. JGhoti86 Says:

    I think this is a question that can be answered more accurately after this season IF he can stay healthy. But he’s definitely a good football player.

  9. Barack's Crack Pipe Says:

    “Brate’s 20-touchdown total is nearly double that of malcontent wide receiver DeSean Jackson (11).”


  10. Cobraboy Says:

    I expect to see Brate and Howard in the slots in a 4-wide set, along with Evans and Godwin.

    Who are you going to double?

    Is there a better 4-wide receiver set in the NFL?

  11. #1bucsfan Says:

    Yes he is. It’s also crazy how buc fans want to trade him cuz we have O.J. don’t get me wrong Howard is a beast an there’s not one defender who can cover him not even jalen Ramsey but the dude hasn’t finished a full season let’s go Bucs #endthedrought

  12. DB55 Says:

    I said this 2 years ago and got laughed at bc wtfdik

  13. Gary B Schwartz, MD Says:

    This site is getting stale! one of highest paid TE in nfl is underrated bla! He should of been traded for picks to add defense help or o-line.

  14. BucEmUp Says:

    The only reason he wasnt traded was just in case Howard gets.injured again. Love Brate but hes a little pricey

  15. 813bucboi Says:

    and that is why i say we should trade him…..he has great value and production…..

    GO BUCS!!!!

  16. D-Rome Says:

    Is there a better 4-wide receiver set in the NFL?

    No, which is why I think it’s a disgrace that Jay-Miss is as inconsistent as he is.

  17. adam from ny Says:

    the real question is…

    why does casey phillips look like cameron brate’s sister ?


  18. Mr. Lucky Says:

    Wow Joe, whats with all the hate here for Cameron?

    Last week when Joe was writing about how OJ Howard was going to be the next greatest TE since Gronk I asked about Brate then …..crickets.

    Now “fans” are saying that Brate’s a back-up, lucky to be in the league, etc.,

    Maybe you should provide some people with valium prior to their comments….

  19. Hoops Says:

    Can’t believe all the Brate hate from supposed fans. WTF is dissing a 20 touchdown TE. And to top it all off he was playing with a torn labrum all last season and struggled thru the pain all 16 games. Some Bucs fans are really pathetic.

  20. Louis Friend Says:

    How good would Jameis be if he had Tom Brady’s group of pass catchers to throw to? And how good would Mariota be if he had our group? Jameis is performing at his current level with the best WR and TE position groups in the league. And everyone is waiting on him to play better.

  21. tickrdr Says:

    “Is there a better 4-wide receiver set in the NFL?”
    Here is one that I thought of off the top of my head.
    Julio Jones = 113 catches, 1677 yards, 8 TDs
    Mohammed Sanu = 66 catches, 838 yards, 4 TDs
    Calvin Ridley = 64 catches, 821 yards, 10 TDs
    Austin Hooper =71 catches, 660 yards, 4 Tds

    They’re not even close to:
    Mike Evans = 86 catches, 1524 yards, 8 TDs
    Chris Godwin = 59 catches, 842 yards, 7 TDs
    Adam Humphries = 76 catches, 816 yards, 5 TDs
    Desean Jackson = 41 catches, 771 yards, 4 TDs
    OJ Howard = 34 catches, 565 yards, 5 TDs
    Cameron Brate = 30 catches, 289 yards, 6 TDs

    Wait, I did something wrong.
    Oh yeah, 117 catches, 1587 yards, and 9 TDs no longer play for the Bucs!
    Those 179 targets do have to go somewhere though.


    Ryan: 35 TDs (5.8%), 7 INTs (1.2%); 5.8 – 1.2 = 4.6
    Winston: 19 TDs (5.0%), 14 INTs (3.7%); 5.0 – 3.7 = 1.3
    TD/INT ratio > 2:1 = Ryan check, Winston no
    TD%age > 5.0% = Ryan check, Winston check
    TD% – INT% > 3.0 = Ryan check, Winston no, and never in career

  22. doctor_berto Says:

    Eh, I feel as though he is pretty overrated. Paid too much, drops a lot of passes and cant block very well. Kinda wanted to trade him this offseason to get Howard more looks.

  23. Kobe Faker Says:

    “Brate and his fake Harvard diploma will be out of the NFL in 2 years

    His arthritic hips are done

    Brate never can get separation that is why he was cut by Brees and couldnt get receptions with Fritz

    Brate needs a anticipation thrower like JW3 to catch Brates seam routes

    Brate needs to donate 75% of his career earnies to JW3′ s son”

    Kobe Faker

  24. Allbuccedup Says:

    Brate overrated the only reason he’s getting catches is because JW can’t find the deep reciever.

  25. D-Rome Says:

    Eh, I feel as though he is pretty overrated. Paid too much, drops a lot of passes

    He had 3 dropped passes last year.

  26. JimmyJack Says:

    If you look at his whole career he is overrated but if you look at what he did last year he caught less yards then quiz Rodgers.

    That’s not a good look for a pass catching TE. If he’s at full health I think he rebounds but til then hes not underrated.

  27. Rod Munch Says:

    Brate is a good TE, it’s why they kept him over bringing back Hump. Is he a star? No. OJ is a star. Brate is a solid/good TE with good hands that could start for the majority of teams in the NFL. Having him AND OJ on the team is huge. But once OJ gets hurt, if Brate becomes the focus of the defense, he can be shutdown pretty easily since he lacks that top end athleticism – as we’ve seen repeatedly. But for most teams in the NFL that holds true for their starter, so it’s not really a knock, but the star hype is a bit much. In any case he’s who I’d keep when the choice is him or Hump.

  28. tmaxcon Says:

    if these bums joe slobbers over daily were so good why in the hell have they spent their entire careers in the basement smiling and making excuses… the only thing that can be said accurately pertaining to Brate is they have LOST WITH HIM! everything else is irrelevant if you lose.

  29. Rod Munch Says:

    tmaxcon – Yeah dummy, clear out the entire roster every year if you don’t win it all, that’s sure to make you a winner.

  30. pepsi Says:

    you guys just now looked at Brates stats and noticed he had a lot of TDs and decided it was a worthy site post? lol yea, its definitely the off-season

  31. JimmyJack Says:

    Rod Munch I don’t think it’s fair to say Brate can easily be shut down when you look back at his 2016 performance. Most yards reception and TDs in his career & no OJ. Aside from that the weapons we had on offense that season was a far cry from what we had in 2017 & 2018. Seem to remember a whole weapon for Winston campaign that off-season.

    Agreed Brate is no star but not easily shut down either.

  32. Allbuccedup Says:

    Melvin Gordon wants to be traded load up Brate and Barber free up 9 million and sign Gordon.

  33. Defense Rules Says:

    @Joe … “So is Brate underrated? A lot of evidence suggests yes, he is.”

    Respectfully disagree Joe. Cam Brate is currently serving a 6-year, $40.8 mil sentence with the Bucs. Every 3 years that amounts to $20.4 mil or roughly $1 mil per TD. I don’t exactly call that being disrespected.

    Or look at it another way. Cam has 135 catches in the past 3 years. That’s a tad over $150,000 per catch. Poor Cam. In reality though, there aren’t that many WRs or TEs in the NFL who make that much $$$ per catch.

    It’s humorous that just a couple weeks ago a number of JBFers were dangling Brate as trade bait to get a Rb or an OLineman or just to save $$$ for next year. Funny what a difference a little bit of positive press makes.

  34. Hodad Says:

    I hope he’s healthy, and stays that way. He’s a good player, but Licht overpaid for him like he’s done with to many other players in the past. All that salary cap money Licht has spent with back to back 5-11 seasons says it all. The numbers don’t lie.

  35. TDTB Says:

    Love Brate. It will be sad to see him go, but looking forward to the OL or RB we get in return.

  36. WestChap Says:

    Brate gives us depth that I hope we don’t lose… but I have a feeling Bruce would love to leverage him into a RB or OL addition. 🙁 Fingers crossed he’s catching lots more TDs for Bucs this year.

  37. Swamp Buc Says:

    Rod Munch,
    it’s not very nice to call a mentally challenged person a “dummy”.

  38. Swamp Buc Says:

    I guess moderation is fair

  39. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Remember the old saying looks like Tarzan plays like Jane?

    Sometimes the reverse of that is true. Looks like Jane and plays like Tarzan

    I’m not suggesting that Brate or Hump are “girlie men” just that they do not overwhelm physically.

    IE…the RESULTS…do not match the way they look. Who cares? It’s not hollywood and so we do not judge players on their looks…or at least should not.

    Show me the money or in this case the TD’s. Joe did EXACTLY that so what are you crybabies whining about? He has produced!

    Brate will earn the tenth largest TE salary in ’19.
    Look at the list….


    Brate’s RESULTS are superior as Joe has pointed out to all but one of those guys who earn far more than Brate.

    And so Brate…second leading TD producer at TE…making 60% of what the top five guys each earn annually should take a pay cut to 3 million? Really? This means he’d be earning 30% as much as guys whose production he doubles. He HAS VALUE!!!

  40. Cobraboy Says:

    All Brate does is make clutch catches, and people gripe.


  41. Cobraboy Says:

    And nobody complained when he got his big contract.

  42. #1bucsfan Says:

    Once again T-m-a-xi pad doesn’t know what he’s talking about an the rest of these haters ain’t got nothing better to do then hate. To hate on a guy that played thru a injury that no ones else plays thru an he’s the only consistent red zone threat geez ppl y’all ain’t the smartest tools in the shed the only other TE to have more TD catches then Brate is Kielce that’s great company to be in. JOE kick these dumb fans there opinions don’t count when there that dumb

  43. Cobraboy Says:

    @#1bucsfan: never let the casual fans get you down.

  44. BigMacAttack Says:

    Flying under the radar is good but every defensive coordinator in the NFC South knows exactly who Cam Brate is. They’ve all been burned by him time and time again.

  45. BigMacAttack Says:

    Tmax just does that to get under y’all’s skin. Haven’t you heard “don’t feed the trolls”? I think he’s funny and often has valid points. I think the Bucs are going to be good. Maybe it’s the optimism a the beginning of every season, but this one feels a little different. I’d be lying if I said wasn’t worried about the offensive line though. Koetter and his play calling didn’t do them any favors either. Yet when Monk was calling plays with Fitz at the helm, the line was fine and they lit up the score board. We will see and BA is as good as you’ll find for running an offense. Yo Yo Yo Bucs!

  46. Clw JB Says:

    Best 2nd TE in the NFL period- when we have to pay OJ Brate will have to go