Brate Says Bucs Will Get Him “Really Healthy”

July 30th, 2020

Throughout the 2018 season, Cameron Brate quietly battled through a torn hip labrum that required postseason surgery.

Last summer, he was still recovering and the 2019 season delivered a lingering rib injury.

Today, Joe asked Brate to forget about his recent bout with The Sickness and talk about his football body and how that feels after a couple of rough years.

Brate smiled and said this wacky offseason was great for healing and strengthening. He said he “used a shed” owned by a friend to keep in shape during the core months of the virus lockdown, in addition to attending workouts with Tom Brady and teammates.

“Really healthy, really strong,” is how Brate described himself.

Health is a big X factor for Brate this season. Is he a 29-year-old that is breaking down, or is he primed for a bounce back season after very limited production since 2017?

9 Responses to “Brate Says Bucs Will Get Him “Really Healthy””

  1. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    I cannot see Brate even being a “factor” this season cause he’s primarily a receiving TE and he doesn’t block.

    Say what you want about OJ Howard but we all know he’s a pretty good blocker and I see OJ Howard getting more playing time than Brate.

  2. Roy T. Buford Says:

    Good is that if he did have the COVID and did recover, is that he will likely be around all season (however long that is) barring other injury. I’ve read in some places that you can get it more than once, but I’ve only seen that as speculation, nothing factual…could be wrong.

    I’m loving the idea of the option with both Gronk and Brate on two-TE sets lined up to run. Extra bonus is Vaughn can catch.

  3. Roy T. Buford Says:

    @Anthem…I’m elated with Brate or Gronk or Howard…think they are all going to shine! But, I am betting Howard is the #3 going into Camp. He SHOULD be #1 given his draft position, and I think he will be eventually…but still lots of learning going on.

  4. mark2001 Says:

    Speaking of the “sickess”, some aren’t as fortunate as Cam. Herman Cain died today of Covid19. He was a man about a month ago, healthy enough to attend the Oklahoma political rally without a mask. I didn”t agree with him politically, but RIP Herman.

    And Coach Bruce…please be careful.

  5. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    @ mark2001

    Why you always gotta bring up talk about the “sickness” and then project it outwards like “see, I told you so”.


  6. Steven007 Says:

    2001, Herman Cain had stage 4 cancer and should have been nowhere near that event. given the time frame of everything it’s likely that’s where he contracted his illness.

  7. Roy T. Buford Says:

    @Steven…you said “given the time frame of everything it’s likely that’s where he contracted his illness.” Wow, that’s amazing sleuthing on your part! Good on you.

    I’d tend to call it “speculation” for those unlike you who don’t keep tabs on Cain’s whereabouts and know what’s likely or not. I’d also say whether he was at a rally, a beach, a restaurant, park, with family, or just out for a drive, given he’s got Stage 4 cancer (look at the probabilities of survival), it’s pretty much his call to be wherever the he11 he wants. If he was there, clearly he wanted to be there. But thanks for clearing it up for all that’s how he likely got COVID and declaring he had “no business” there. Reminds me of the movie, “The Bucket List.”

    I’m curous, do you want to offer pay for people to live their lives too, or just dictate how they do it?

  8. mark2001 Says:

    Anthem…did you read the article? Joe mentioned “the sickness”. I was just saying that it is great when someone like Cam walks away well…but it doesn’t always end that way.

  9. JimbobBucsFan Says:

    If Howard matures as a player he will get more playing time than Brate, naturally.

    I gather that Brate has no serious after effects of the virus. He should be a strong contributor to the overall offense as well. He does have a role if you will.

    Right now we need as much depth as we can get at every position. No one knows how many will “go down” for a time because of normal injuries or because of the virus during this season