Cameron Brate

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Cameron Brate
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Brate at MacDill Air Force Base in 2018
No. 84 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1991-07-03) July 3, 1991 (age 28)
Naperville, Illinois
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school:Naperville (IL) Central
College:Harvard
Undrafted:2014
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Receptions:159
Receiving yards:1,845
Receiving touchdowns:23
Player stats at NFL.com

Cameron Brate (born July 3, 1991) is an American football tight end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Harvard.

Early life[edit]

Brate grew up in Naperville, Illinois and attended Naperville Central High School, where he played high school football.[1]

College career[edit]

Brate attended and played college football at Harvard. He redshirted in the 2010 season and contributed to the 2011–2013 seasons.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 5 in
(1.96 m)
249 lb
(113 kg)
4.77 s 1.67 s 2.72 s 4.48 s 7.16 s 33 12 in
(0.85 m)
9 ft 9 in
(2.97 m)
24 reps
All values from Harvard’s Pro Day[3]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

2014[edit]

On May 21, 2014, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Brate to a three-year, $1.53 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $3,000 as an undrafted free agent.[4]

Throughout training camp, Brate competed for a roster spot as a backup tight end against Ian Thompson. On August 30, 2014, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers waived Brate, but signed him to their practice squad the next day.[5] On November 25, 2014, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers promoted Brate to their active roster.[6] Upon joining the active roster, head coach Lovie Smith named Brate the fifth tight end on the depth chart, behind Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Brandon Myers, Luke Stocker, and D.J. Williams.[7] On November 30, 2014, Brate made his professional regular season debut and earned his first career start and caught a 17-yard pass during a 14–13 loss against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 13. Brate earned his first career start after Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Luke Stocker, and Brandon Myers all suffered injuries and were unable to play.[8] He finished his rookie season in 2014 with one reception for 17-yards in five games and one start.[9]

2015[edit]

Brate entered training camp slated as a backup tight end and competed for a roster spot against Tim Wright and Evan Rodriguez.[10] On September 6, 2015, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers waived Brate as part of their final roster cuts, but signed him to their practice squad two days later. On September 15, 2015, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers officially released Brate from their practice squad.[11]

New Orleans Saints[edit]

On September 16, 2015, the New Orleans Saints signed Brate to their practice squad.[12]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (second stint)[edit]

On September 22, 2015, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Brate from the New Orleans Saints’ practice squad and to their active roster after Austin Seferian-Jenkins suffered a shoulder injury. The Buccaneers signed Brate to a one-year, $510,000 contract.[13] Head coach Lovie Smith named Brate the third tight end on the depth chart, behind Luke Stocker and Brandon Myers.

On November 1, 2015, Brate caught two passes for 48-yards and scored his first career touchdown during a 23–20 win at the Atlanta Falcons in a Week 8. Brate caught his first career touchdown reception on a 20-yard pass by Jameis Winston during the second quarter.[14] In Week 12, he caught a season-high five passes for 53 receiving yards and a touchdown during a 25–12 loss at the Indianapolis Colts. He finished the season with 23 receptions for 288 receiving yards and three touchdown receptions in 14 games and four starts.[15]

2016[edit]

On January 6, 2016, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fired head coach Lovie Smith after they finished the previous season with a 6–10 record.[16] On January 15, 2016, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced their decision to promote offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter to head coach.[17] Brate entered training camp slated as a backup tight end, but began challenging Austin Seferian-Jenkins for the starting role.[18] Head coach Dirk Koetter named Brate one of the primary starting tight ends to begin the regular season, alongside Luke Stocker.[19]

On September 25, 2016, Brate caught five passes for 56-yards and two touchdowns during a 37–32 loss against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 3. In Week 10, he made a season-high seven receptions for 84 receiving yards and a touchdown as the Buccaneers defeated the Chicago Bears 36–10. On December 4, 2016, Brate made six catches for a season-high 86 receiving yards and a touchdown during a 28–21 win against the San Diego Chargers.[20] On December 27, 2016, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers placed Brate on injured reserve due to a back injury.[21] He finished the 2016 NFL season with 57 receptions for 660 receiving yards and eight touchdowns in 15 games and ten starts.[9] Among NFL tight ends, Brate converted the highest percentage of red zone targets into touchdowns in 2016.[22]

2017[edit]

On February 28, 2017, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers placed a one-year, $690,000 exclusive rights tender in Brate.[23] On April 17, 2017, Brate signed his exclusive rights tender to remain with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[24] During training camp, Brate competed to be the primary starting tight end against rookie first round pick O. J. Howard.[25] Head coach Dirk Koetter named Brate the secondary starting tight end to begin the regular season, behind O.J. Howard.[26] On October 1, 2017, Brate caught four passes for a season-high 80-yards and caught a 14-yard pass by Jameis Winston during a 25–23 victory against the New York Giants in Week 4.[27] In Week 6, Brate made a season-high six catches for 76 receiving yards and caught one touchdown reception as the Buccaneers lost 38–33 at the Arizona Cardinals in Week 6.[28] Brate finished the season with 48 receptions for 591 receiving yards and six touchdowns in 16 games and five starts.[29]

2018[edit]

On March 12, 2018, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Brate to a six-year, $40.8 million contract that includes $18 million guaranteed.[4][30] Head coach Dirk Koetter retained Brate and O.J. Howard as the starting tight ends to begin the regular season. In Week 13, Brate has three receptions for a season-high 36 receiving yards during a 24–17 victory against the Carolina Panthers.[31]

Professional statistics[edit]

Season Team Games Receiving Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
2014 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5 1 1 17 17.0 17 0 -- --
2015 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14 4 23 288 12.5 46 3 -- --
2016 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 15 10 57 660 11.6 38 8 1 0
2017 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16 5 48 591 12.3 35 6 1 0
2018 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16 2 30 289 9.6 21 6 1 1
Total 66 22 159 1,845 11.6 46 23 3 1

Buccaneers records[edit]

  • Most consecutive games with at least 1 touchdown reception - 4 (tied with seven others)

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Cameron Brate". Harvard Crimson Athletics. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  3. ^ "Cameron Brate, DS #18 TE, Harvard". DraftScout.com. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
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  12. ^ Underhill, Nick; Erickson, Joel A. (September 17, 2015). "New Orleans Saints bring back Joe Morgan; Drew Brees is closing in on more Dan Marino records". The Advocate. Louisiana. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
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  15. ^ "Cameron Brate 2015 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  16. ^ "Tampa Bay Buccaneers fire Lovie Smith". NFL.com. January 6, 2016. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  17. ^ "Bucs turn to offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter as coach". espn.com. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  18. ^ "Bucs' Cameron Brate, Austin Seferian-Jenkins don't see each other as competition". ESPN.com. August 24, 2016. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  19. ^ "Buccaneers'2016 depth chart: Vernon Hargreaves shares starting job". bucsnation.com. September 6, 2016. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  20. ^ "NFL Player stats: Cameron Brate (2016)". NFL.com. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  21. ^ Smith, Scott (December 27, 2016). "Cam Brate Heads to Injured Reserve". Buccaneers.com. Archived from the original on September 1, 2017.
  22. ^ "Top Red Zone Tight Ends of 2016". PlayerProfiler.com.
  23. ^ Alper, Josh (February 28, 2017). "Buccaneers tender Cameron Brate as exclusive rights free agent". ProFootballTalk.NBCSports.com.
  24. ^ "Buccaneers' Cameron Brate: Signs exclusive rights tender Monday". cbssports.com. April 18, 2017. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  25. ^ "Bucs TEs Cameron Brate, O.J. Howard shine on first day in pads". ESPN.com. July 31, 2017. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  26. ^ "Ourlads.com: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Depth Chart: 10/01/2017". Ourlads.com. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
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  28. ^ "NFL Player stats: Cameron Brate (2017)". NFL.com. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  29. ^ "Cameron Brate 2017 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  30. ^ Shook, Nick (March 12, 2018). "Bucs signing Cameron Brate to six-year, $41M deal". NFL.com.
  31. ^ "NFL Player stats: Cameron Brate (2018)". NFL.com. Retrieved December 28, 2018.

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