Bucs tight end Cameron Brate didn’t have the season many, himself included, expected. With just 30 receptions for 289 yards, Brate also had a number of drops on passes that in the past he would have routinely caught.
A report by Jenna Laine of ESPN suggested there might have been a reason for Brate’s lack of production, as the former Harvard standout played with a hip injury that required recent surgery.
Source tells me that Bucs tight end Cam Brate spent the majority of last season playing with a torn labrum (with bone fragments) in his hip. Details here: https://t.co/v8J8nAJZGo
— JennaLaineESPN (@JennaLaineESPN) January 18, 2019
While Brate’s numbers were down, he did nab six touchdown receptions which was fourth most among NFL tight ends.
Late last season, former head coach Dirk Koetter revealed Brate had been battling an injury, but didn’t get into specifics.
“Cam’s been playing hurt this whole year,” Koetter said. “He hasn’t been healthy from day one. He’s done an unbelievable job of fighting through it. He’s another guy that if you knew the amount of rehab Cam does on a weekly basis just to be able to play, it’s pretty remarkable that he’s out there playing at all.”
Laine’s report indicated the team is hopeful he is ready for OTAs which begin following the draft in April.