The Cade Otton Rise Continues

November 13th, 2022

Joe is fired up about the growth of tight end Cade Otton because it’s desperately needed if the Bucs are going to become a lethal offense again.

What the Bucs need at TE isn’t going to come from Cameron Brate.

Sure, Brate probably has a few big catches left in him this season, but Otton is the only tight end on the roster capable of changing defenses.

He’s got enough speed, good hands, and Tom Brady showed again today that he trusts Otton down the seam. The Bucs’ final scoring drive featured a huge Brady step-up and throw to Otton into the red zone for a 25-yard gain.

What a way to start the fourth quarter that was!

The replay shows the Seattle safety shading toward Chris Godwin and reacting too late to Otton’s quality route down the left seam. The rookie held on and took a big shot for the first down, which led to the Bucs taking a 21-3 lead.

Otton has 26 catches for 281 yards this season in nine games played. Darn good for a fourth-round pick, but more important is the trust he’s building with Brady and how Otton is looking more dangerous.

Fast-forward to late December. Imagine if Otton is a consistent threat and Chris Godwin, Julio Jones and Mike Evans are healthy, along with a halfway decent running game.

That’s an offense good enough to beat anyone.

25 Responses to “The Cade Otton Rise Continues”

  1. SB~LV Says:

    Tough too..

  2. JimmyJack Says:

    Minature Gronk

  3. Uncle Urk Says:

    I think our words as fans are get to the team. Good job to the LT! Good job to the C. Greater job to the LG. Thattah boy to Hicks! They looked like a team today. Besides the one bone head call to throw back to Brady. Good job to the OC. The first time if you called a throw back to Brady it would have given glorious. But the cat was out of the bag. They know they missed up the first time and didn’t cover Brady. Anyway! Great win! I can enjoy football again.

  4. ATLBuc Says:

    JOe, you predicted that he would be starting by the halfway point. Good call

  5. unbelievable Says:

    Coming along very nicely.

    And while Brate has been having a down season, he did have 1 or 2 critical catches today that kept drives alive.

  6. R.O. Says:

    Our problem is that unfortunately when we have Evans, Godwin, Jones and Brate on the field at the same time we look very very slow.

  7. Ed Says:

    Grate is good backup for Otton but you have to see that he is much faster, taller and a better blocker than Cam. Brate is a good locker room guy and can be a role player, he has been on the downside whereas the needle is pointing up for Cade.

    Rachad White is perfect running back for running out of spread formations. He has vision and burst. Moves smoothly, can catch. I would like to see him in the game 65% of the plays and Fournette in there as the change of pace back.

    Leonard doesn’t see the field like White and can’t accelerate like him either.

    White, like Otton will get better and better. Fournette is as good as he will be.

  8. Says:

    You are right Joe, the way the team played today is what the fans have expected all season. Let it continue!! A complete performance from all sectors of the team!!

  9. orlbucfan Says:

    You can bet Brate is helping Otton. This kid will be a superstar if Buc Luck doesn’t bite him. Ko Kieft also had a good day blocking.

  10. Anonymous Says:

    Otton is a keeper. Barring injury, he’s going to develop into a consistent top 10 tight end.

  11. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    Otton is a keeper. Barring injury, he’s going to develop into a consistent top 10 tight end.

  12. BuxfaninTX Says:

    Is Russell Gage ever going to be able to play?

  13. Destinjohnny Says:

    Jason never hits on 4th round pick
    Nice to see !!

  14. TheShaz Says:

    Baby Gronk

  15. Miller5252 Says:

    He’s gonna make a name for himself and this time next year everyone is gonna know who he is. These guys keep growing and Brady will be back for another year

  16. Bucs96NYC Says:

    Agreed & to add on he’s a very good blocker! He can stay in on all 3 downs

  17. Steve Cole Says:

    Watched Cade since he was playing for Tumwater. He will be one of the great ones for sure. What a talent he is. Future superstar.

  18. PassingThru Says:

    I’m glad he’s getting a chance. No, he’s not in the same universe as Gronk, but he’s now clearly making a quality contribution on the field.

  19. Bucobill99 Says:

    This draft class is starting to show up well except for top 2 picks

  20. 74 Bucs Fan Says:

    Sayings he’s a great blocker at this point is a bit of a stretch imo. Bulk up and let’s see what he’s got next year. Great hands and runs good routes. Keeper!

  21. Oddball Says:

    Textbook block on run left to spring RW for a nice gain in second half.

    Ko is serving up some pancakes too.

  22. OLDE pfart Says:

    I have praised Often all year as an up and coming future star…..he has proven his innate abilities…..and a pat on the back to the O And D for their Munich game….played solid ball…..really nice to see…..

  23. JimbobBucfan Says:

    Outside of Gronk, who is unsurpassed, this team has not had the kind of tight end we need for a truly balanced attack for most of its history. Looks like Otton is growing into the roll. This fourth round pick could turn into something special for us. Not another Gronk but special by our franchise’s standards, nonetheless.

    Go Bucs!

  24. Biff Barker Says:

    Good day for the rookies. 4 guys all contributed. Both TE’s, punter and Rasheed. Has this ever happened in Tampa before?

    Never heard Logan Hall’s name called. Hope he’s not another JTS.

  25. Buccos Says:

    As long as Lasagna Lenny is backing up White we should be ok