Cameron Brate took a hard hit on Saturday night – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs starting tight end Cameron Brate didn’t have his best game on Saturday against the Jaguars.
In the first quarter, Brate let a high Winston pass slip through his hands that ended up being an interception. Brate knows he messed up.
Bucs TE Cameron Brate – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
“It happens, but obviously I have to make that catch,” Brate said. “It was a big third down, one that I’ve been catching all camp. Just a mistake there and hopefully just learn from it and make the catch next game.”
Later in the game, with the Bucs driving, Brate had an opportunity to catch a touchdown from Winston, but was unable to corral the pass. To make matters worse, Brate took a shot to the head from Jags cornerback Peyton Thompson. Fortunately for Brate and the Bucs, there are no lingering effects from the helmet-to-helmet hit.
“I am all good, I kind of knew that hit was coming,” Brate said. “But I feel fine. I was just kind of shellshocked at first (after the hit).”
Head coach Dirk Koetter told the media on Sunday that former No. 1 on the depth chart tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins had worked his way back into the mix.
“We’re going to even out those reps with the first group with Cam [Brate] and Austin,” Dirk Koetter said during his press conference at One Buc Place. “I mean, Austin’s worked his way right back in there and when he got moved down the depth chart all you can ask a player when he gets moved down is that he competes and does better and tries to get back up there and he’s done that.”
On Monday Brate smiled when the subject was brought up and seemed to be fine with Seferian-Jenkins nipping at his heels.
“I don’t really think about it at all. Just whatever plays they put me in, I’ll be ready to go. I think we both bring different things to the table. And like coach said, we will both be ready when our name is called. It will be exciting playing alongside No. 87 this year.”
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]
Yes, Brate should have caught that pass just like Kenny Bell should have caught his when he took a wicked hit. No excuses for that either. Hold on to the damn ball.
As for the hit on Brate, I hope that guy gets hit with a wicked heavy fine by the NFL. He was definitely head hunting and in a meaningless preseason game at that. What a low life scum sucking pig of a player. That was the kind of hit that can not only end a career but paralyze a player as well and it was intentional.
I agree Dick wad move. Fine that f***er. I think Brate actually had two 15 yard penalties called from players that committed personal fouls on him that night.
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