PewterReport.com analyzes the top players in the 2020 NFL Draft with its position previews. Mark Cook previews the tight ned position with a comprehensive look at what the Bucs have and what they need at tight end, a detailed list of this year’s top prospects, and Scott Reynolds offers up the annual PewterReport.com Bucs’ Best Bets – one early round pick, and a pick from the later rounds.
What The Bucs Have At Tight End
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Of all the units on the Buccaneers, this may be the deepest group. Led by two capable starters in O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate, both tight ends are experienced and have been at times productive. The only question now is how much better can they be with Tom Brady at the helm and another year in Bruce Arians’ offense?
Bucs TE Cameron Brate – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
In reserve, Tampa Bay has Anthony Auclair, who serves primarily as the team’s blocking tight end in lieu of a traditional fullback. Tanner Hudson, last year’s preseason sensation, returns on a one-year deal, and behind him the Bucs have Codey McElroy and Jordan Leggett.
In 2019, Howard was inconsistent at times but still put up 459 yards on 34 receptions, but only one touchdown, down from the five he had in 2018. He has been rumored to be a trade candidate as the 2020 NFL Draft draws near. Brate had 36 receptions for 311 yards and four touchdowns for the Buccaneers and took a pay cut this offseason in order to stay in Tampa Bay.
What The Bucs Need At Tight End
The Buccaneers appear set at the tight and position although they could maybe look at add a tight end to be used as a blocker in case of injury again to Antony Auclair who is coming off of foot surgery. Other than that, Tampa Bay appears loaded with pass catching tight ends, a position Brady was known to favor and utilize in his previous 20 seasons with New England.
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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, the beach and family time.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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