Following the Buccaneers training camp practice today, the question was inevitable concerning TE Cameron Brate earning more reps in practice lately. One thing we have come to learn about head coach Dirk Koetter is the fact that he’s a straight-shooter.
“I don’t think there’s any big secret that Cam’s been working with the first group,” Koetter said. “We’re deep at tight end and Cam’s at the top of the depth right now. (Seferian-Jenkins) is working hard, he’s working at it. Austin’s trying to get better every day. …Austin’s working at it, that’s all he can do right now. He’s just got to work. Anybody that’s fighting for a job, that’s all they can do. The guys that are playing the best are going to play.
“So catching up for some guys is knowing what they’re doing, catching up for some other guys is they got to play better and I’d say he falls into that category,” Koetter said.
Following a few tough years for Seferian-Jenkins, and an unfortunate beginning to this season’s camps, Brate has gotten his opportunity to advance in this offence. Brate has had an auspicious start of the 2016 season workouts, as well as gelling nicely with franchise quarterback Jameis Winston.
Brate, an undrafted free agent in 2014, has been flat out impressive. Last season, while ASJ and other big targets were down, Brate stepped in and looked right at home in connecting with the Buccaneers first overall draft pick. He showed an uncanny ability of showing up in the end zone, and made life more manageable for his QB. The NFL is a league of opportunity, and Brate has made the most of his thus far.