Cameron Brate

Cameron Brate

30-Year-Old Tight EndTE
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Tom Brady showered Brate with red-zone targets last season, and that could be the case once again this year after Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement in June. Of Brate's 57 targets in 2021, 19 came in the red zone, putting him just three back of Mark Andrews' league lead among TEs. Brate, who scored at least six touchdowns three times in his career, was unlucky to find the end zone only four times given all those opportunities. Of course, he's 31 this season and isn't much of a weapon between the 20s, topping out at 311 yards in the last four seasons, but Brate knows how to establish position near the goal line and has Brady's trust. O.J. Howard left in free agency (Buffalo), and even if Gronk eventually changes his mind, Brate should see some looks in the red zone as part of an offense that visits the area frequently. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $8 million contract with the Buccaneers in March of 2022.
Back on top of depth chart
TETampa Bay Buccaneers
June 22, 2022
Brate is currently the No. 1 tight end on the Buccaneers depth chart in the immediate aftermath of Rob Gronkowski's retirement announcement earlier this week, Joey Knight of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Brate may not be atop the heap for long, however, at least not without sharing that spot with one of several veteran tight ends still available on the open market. His last season with over 500 snaps from scrimmage came back in 2018, and heading into his age-32 campaign, Brate is most effective when sharing time with another capable pass-catching option at the position. Rookie Cade Otton (ankle) could also eventually eat into Brate's snaps depending on how quickly he picks up the team's offense.
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How do Cameron Brate's 2021 advanced stats compare to other tight ends?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Air Yards Per Game
23.4
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.88
 
% Team Air Yards
7.2%
 
% Team Targets
7.6%
 
Avg Depth of Target
7.4 Yds
 
Catch Rate
52.6%
 
Drop Rate
5.3%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
2.8
 
% Targeted On Route
20.4%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
0.88
 
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Snap Counts
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How often does Cameron Brate run a route when on the field for a pass play?
This data will let you see how Cameron Brate and the other tight ends for the Buccaneers are being used. Some tight ends may have a lot of snaps, but they're not that useful for fantasy purposes because they're not actually running routes. This data will help you see when this is the case.
Cameron Brate
280 routes   57 targets
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2 routes   1 target
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Brate opened 2020 as Tampa Bay's third tight end, logging only 16 offensive snaps (without a single receptions) through three games. He was promoted to the No. 2 role after fellow tight end O.J. Howard suffered a season-ending injury Week 4, but even then, Brate averaged only 2.7 targets per game over the final 12 weeks of the 2020 season. Now 30 years old, Brate is unlikely to reemerge as a noteworthy fantasy asset unless both Howard and Rob Gronkowski miss time in 2021.
Brate shapes up as one of the more intriguing incumbent targets for new quarterback/future Hall of Famer Tom Brady. The addition of Brady's legendary battery mate Rob Gronkowski this offseason and the fact O.J. Howard remained on the roster following the draft seemingly dampen Brate's prospects. However, the veteran's reliable hands and knack for the end zone could render him a tailor-made favorite for a quarterback who boasts a long track record of success targeting tight ends. Brate has consistently been a red-zone force throughout his six-year career, crossing the goal line on 27 of his 195 catches over that span. Moreover, Brate has a 75.0 percent touchdown conversion rate on his red-zone touches over both of the last two seasons, so despite the uphill battle for targets in a loaded Buccaneers passing game, he could carve out a modest but consistent role if he earns Brady's trust.
As it turns out, there was an injury-related factor in Brate's generally lackluster 2018 numbers - the veteran played with a torn labrum in his hip the entire season. Brate parlayed 12 red-zone targets into six TDs, which matched his 2017 total. However, he saw significant downturns in receptions (30) and receiving yards (289) compared to the prior two seasons, and he averaged a career-low 5.9 YPT. While offseason surgery put him on the path to a clean bill of health for this season, it also resulted in him sitting out OTAs and June minicamp. Brate still slots in firmly behind O.J. Howard. While former coach Dirk Koetter displayed a willingness to deploy two-TE sets, new head man Bruce Arians traditionally has relied on formations with three or four WRs. The ceiling for Brate as Howard's backup appears relatively capped.
Brate has 14 touchdowns the last two years, third most at the position - and a silly number for someone targeted just 158 times in that period. Alas, Tampa Bay's other tight end, O.J. Howard, also had six touchdowns last season, and he did it on just 39 looks. Brate's combine measurables are underwhelming, but he reads coverages well and has a solid rapport with Jameis Winston. The anti-Brate crowd will say he's a touchdown-or-bust guy, and that's not unfair. Brate had five games with just one catch, and two other outings with two grabs. Howard's presence means Brate has probably shown his ceiling over the last two seasons, but touchdowns don't grow on trees, and the veteran has proven to be efficient with whatever opportunities he gets. He will face a challenge early in the year, likely playing with Ryan Fitzpatrick while Jameis Winston is suspended for the first three weeks.
While Austin Seferian-Jenkins was kicking his NFL opportunity, Brate stepped up nicely in his third season, tying for the TE league lead with eight touchdowns. Brate was really cooking in the latter part of the season, scoring six times in his final nine starts. As you'd expect, Brate is a red-zone scoring specialist; all of his touchdowns last year came from 12 yards and in, and he's never had a TD catch longer than 20 yards for his career. Brate would be considerably higher on our list if not for the NFL Draft; the Bucs tabbed Alabama TE O.J. Howard with the 19th overall pick in April. Howard's upside is considerably higher than Brate's in the long term, but tight end is a position with a steep learning curve, so don't be surprised if Brate keeps most of his 2016 breakthrough numbers.
Brate's performance last season was the proverbial silver lining in the dark cloud that was Austin Seferian-Jenkins' extended absence due to a shoulder injury. The Harvard product hauled in 23 of 30 targets for 288 yards, along with three touchdowns. He showed some proficiency in getting down the field as well, notching four receptions of over 20 yards, including a long catch of 46 yards. By the latter stages of the season, Brate had clearly surpassed veteran Brandon Myers on the depth chart, helping to render the veteran inactive over the last four regular-season contests. He enters 2016 as the clear-cut second-string pass-catching tight end behind Seferian-Jenkins, and could therefore build on last season's modest foundation.
Brate is not expected to play a significant role with the team this season.
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Remains top TE option for now
TETampa Bay Buccaneers
March 30, 2022
Brate slots in as the No. 1 tight end on the Buccaneers' depth chart for the time being with Rob Gronkowski still non-committal about a return and O.J. Howard having departed for the Bills in free agency.
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Agrees to restructure contract
TETampa Bay Buccaneers
March 16, 2022
The Buccaneers and Brate agreed Wednesday to restructure his contract to a two-year, $8 million deal, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
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One catch in season-ending loss
TETampa Bay Buccaneers
January 24, 2022
Brate secured one of three targets for nine yards during the Buccaneers' 30-27 loss to the Rams in their NFC divisional-round matchup Sunday.
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Three catches in playoff opener
TETampa Bay Buccaneers
January 17, 2022
Brate brought in all three targets for 29 yards during the Buccaneers' 31-15 win over the Eagles in an NFC wild-card matchup Sunday.
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Solid complementary numbers in '21
TETampa Bay Buccaneers
January 13, 2022
Brate, who brought in two of three targets for 12 yards in the Buccaneers' 41-17 win over the Panthers in Week 18, finished the 2021 regular season with 30 receptions (57 targets) for 245 yards and four touchdowns across 17 games.
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