Weapon Or Expensive Insurance?

September 20th, 2020

Cameron Brate logged just seven snaps on opening day and not one was on special teams.

After the game, Bucco Bruce Arians said he wants to get more work for fellow tight end O.J. Howard going forward and, of course, Rob Gronkowski played more than half the snaps Sunday and isn’t about to exit the lineup.

Per OverTheCap.com, Brate’s restructured contract will earn him $4.25 million this season. That represents a fantastic insurance policy for the Bucs.

What other team has a third-string tight end who doesn’t play special teams and earns a fat check? Joe knows of none.

Today against Carolina, the Bucs will be without Chris Godwin (concussion) and Mike Evans’ hamstring is fine but not something the Bucs want to overwork. One might think this would be a game in which Brate might get a little more work.

However, Joe is confident Brate will remain a once-in-a-while player. Blocking tight end Antony Auclair is out injured today, but keep in mind he didn’t play on offense last Sunday. So it’s not like Brate will get his snaps.

Brate’s usage will be interesting to watch going forward. If he remains buried, then Joe expects to trade Brate before the midseason deadline.

16 Responses to “Weapon Or Expensive Insurance?”

  1. Kobe Faker Says:

    “20 years of tape

    TB12 has had success with specific recievers that can separate quickly

    Goofy looking Brate does not have that skillset. Brees also needs that type of reciever. That is why Brate was cut from the Saints.

    We have been lied to. Bruce Almighty continuously claims he schemes and calls plays that emphasises the strengths of the quarterbacks. Liar Liar

    After 20 years, Brady has to change and play differently to fit into Bruce Almightys schemes and system

    We have been lied to”

    Kobe Faker

  2. bucsince79 aka bumaneer Says:

    Brate was a TD machine a few years ago. I hope he gets a TD today throws some nasty blocks & catches a few 1st downs. He can Play, so let him,,,

  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    We have nearly $20 mil,1st & 4th round draft picks invested in 3 TEs……and, we are not getting much to show for that……simply don’t understand it.

  4. Bobby M. Says:

    Brate….and McCoy. Luxuries we dont need and can add depth elsewhere.

  5. AlteredEgo Say: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    Actually Tanner Hudson’s soft hands are the insurance with Goodwin out

  6. Allbuccedup Says:

    Agree with Bobby M. Brate and McCoy are luxuries we don’t need definitely could use depth elsewhere. As soon as some teams tight end goes down make the trade (Brate).

  7. Seattle Buc is back in TB Says:

    Brate wa a TD machine with Koetter. I blame the coaches and scheme, not the player who has already prooven himself. BA and Byron need to figure it out with Brady quick. Last week the offense was terrible.

  8. Kgh4life Says:

    Auclair should be out for only 3 weeks, when he returns the Bucs should just trade Brate for anything they can get. We have to realize that Brate is not the player he once was. He doesn’t get separation and he’s not a good blocker.

  9. ir8oldman Says:

    Hilarious that Kobe calls someone else a liar when he stated that he would “disappear ” if Rojo gained 75 yards or more.

  10. m0j0 Says:

    Brate is the 2nd best pass catching TE on the team, behind Howard. He’s smart and can find open holes and has great hands. He is still a good player and will still produce when given the chance.

  11. Tackleblockwin Says:

    Need more Brate and OJ on the field together. Gronk is still trying to find his legs.

  12. SufferingSince76 Says:

    We have to have the worst strength and conditioning staff ever!! Second game and injuries already impacting the team.

  13. SufferingSince76 Says:

    And Arians’ stubbornness is really starting to irritate me!

  14. Tampabuscsbro Says:

    Yeah that strength and conditioning coach would have definitely stopped DJ swearinger from concussing Godwin.

  15. Piratic Says:

    @i8oldman: Yup. No doubt about it.

    Kobe Faker=Oath Breaker

  16. SufferingSince76 Says:

    Tampabaybucsbro, I guess DJ gave Evans that strained hamstring, too.