The Bucs have been developing depth at tight end quite nicely, especially in light of Cameron Brate's recent positive showings at training camp. Over the course of the preseason, Brate has consistently shown he's as reliable as ever, and as a result is listed on the current depth chart as Tampa's starting tight end.
Coach Dirk Koetter spoke to the media after practice Monday about Brate's successes thus far.
"He’s a good player. He’s 6’5, he can run, he’s smart, he’s coachable, he’s consistent, [and] he knows where to be and when to be there," Koetter said. "That’s important. Guys that don’t make mistakes and then when you get a chance to make plays you’ve got to make them and he does. A high percentage of the time when he gets a chance to make a play, he makes it.”
After a brief stint on the New Orleans' Saints practice squad last season, the Buccaneers were able to reacquire Brate, something that Koetter was happy about.
"I was holding my breath when we lost [Brate] to the Saints [last season] - I’ve been a Cam fan," Koetter said. "He’s come even further than that, but when we lost him to the Saints last year I was nervous. I thought the Saints were getting a really good guy, and it just worked out that we had a chance to get him back and thank God we did.”
Brate rounds out a group of solid Bucs tight ends also featuring the likes of Dan Vitale, Luke Stocker and even Austin Seferian Jenkins, who has been shining in practice recently. If QB Jameis Winston has a tight end capable of making necessary catches consistently while racking up huge amount of yards after catch, it will add a whole new dimension to this offense. Brate spoke about the developing chemistry between himself and Winston, saying it was clicking well.
"Working with Jameis is awesome, just to see his growth from last year to this year, especially at this point of the year last year we were turning the ball over a lot," Brate said. "Just his command of the offense is awesome. And obviously a great passer, very accurate, so it’s fun playing with him."null