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Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he's handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders. Contact him at: zshapiro12@gmail.com

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  1. 1

    BucWild02

    Two TE’s, two RB’s, two tall WR…Whatever it takes to put points on the board!

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    toofamiliar17

    I appreciate what Brate is and the work he puts in. I think he’s a good secondary tight end. That said, if he IS our best option to start, then we’re much weaker at the position than I thought. The guy couldn’t block a one-legged elderly woman. ASJ is the ONLY tight end of this roster who has the potential to be both a legitimate weapon in the passing game and a valuable blocker. He’s it.

    Hopefully he keeps his shit together, keeps his head straight, and delivers on his physical ability. It’s certainly not a given. But if we’re running Brate out there all the time, then we’re going to be disappointed with our production from that position. I mean, we’re talking about a guy who had a pro-rated 320 yard season last year, so it’s not like he’s some crazy receiver, either. Now, I get that he’s young and developing, but still, ASJ is easily our most talented TE.

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      76Buc

      The results are on the field.

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    drdneast

    Toofamiliar17, you state that Brate couldn’t block a one legged elderly woman and i’ wondering how you formed your opinion.
    Do you go to the games and only watch him. Do you watch the games on TV and only watch him. Do you have NFL rewind. Do you watch a lot of tape on him.
    Can you please qualify your statement.
    I for one go to the games and watch NFL rewind and haven’t paid that much attention to his blocking.
    From what I understand about him though, his primary responsibility is as a pass catching TE and he isn’t called on much to block unless he is chip blocking.
    Since he normally is used in that situation, he doesn’t catch much heat from jongruden who despises run blocking TE’s like Luke Stocker.
    Still, I would like to know how you formed your opinion of Brate’s blocking ability if you would please enlighten us.

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  4. 4

    e

    It’s a good thing that Brate & Vitale are there because I have a nagging feeling that ASJ is just not one of those long-term Bucs core players that is going to be there when as the team makes its climb.

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    scubog

    I hope Brate develops into a viable target, but as an un-drafted college F/A from an Ivy League school it may take some time. Let’s don’t get too carried away here. ASJ (when he’s on the field) is clearly the best of the bunch. Yes, he needs to mature, which is what we said about a certain young QB, but other than injury, which herein can have folks wanting a player shown the exit, there’s no way Brate overtakes him as the # 1 TE.

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    1sparkybuc

    To be the #1 TE a player has to produce. Through two seasons ASJ has not. If he makes it three in a row……he’s a bust. Play Brate, at least he’s dependable. Injuries and immaturity don’t make for great NFL careers.

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    drdneast

    unlike many fans, I think Licht is seasoned and mature enough to understand injuries happen to all players and will tolerate low production because of them for a certain period of time.
    That said I don’t think he will tolerate both immature behavior and a player who continues to be injured.
    I saw the injury that happened on an NFL network clip over and over and it had to hurt hitting the concrete floor of the Super Dome like that.
    After seeing the clip, there is little reason to believe ASJ was malingering.
    Still, if ASJ doesn’t get his head in the playbook and start producing, this could very likely be his last season with the Bucs.

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      scubog

      Well said drdneast. But we have many fans who equate a real injury with a co-worker taking a day off for stepping on a sand spur. No tolerance whatsoever. There were fans ready to send GMC and Doug Martin packing and they are two of our best players. On the other hand, Kenny Bell is a “can’t wait to see him” mystery because he has remained in the shadows, stayed silent, didn’t smile, pose or post on Twitter. Anyone watching ASJ in Training Camp can easily see the talent. Let’s hope he matures and heals.

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        76Buc

        Maybe he could mature and heal at the same time and speed up the process.

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