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.

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.

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19 COMMENTS

  1. Ahhh, what does his hip have to do with his hands? I commend his toughness to play hurt, especially once the season was lost, but for $7M for a TE who can’t block particularly well you have to catch the f’ng ball.

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    • Have to agree mark, commend him for playing but his problems were more about drops than anything else. Hope for a quick recovery from him.

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    • It wouldn’t affect his ability to catch… It WOULD affect his ability to run routes effectively, generate power from his blocks, and pretty much anything else that goes along with being a tight end in the NFL. Him being as productive as he was (especially after OJ went down) is a testimony to his toughness.

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    • Obviously none of y’all have hip problems. When your hips are off, your whole body is off.

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      • no never had a hip problem , but saying it effects your hands is like saying you cant catch a ball because your feet hurt. Hips have zero to do with your hands. Now everything else as you stated , blocking and route running, for sure would be effected. Listen I love Brate, but he had more drops that usual last year and while his TD’s were great, everything else wasn’t. That’s just a fact.

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  2. Now it is obvious he was dealing with a serious injury, yet placed 4th in the NFL in touchdown catches for a TE. I know a lot on here think they should get rid of him but for what he makes at $7 million a year, it is not what the average top starter makes. That is more like $10 to $12 million (OJ Howard make 11 million a year). So for what he is being paid, he is a good deal and solid TE.

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  3. Might want to consider trading Brate after this injury while his value is still up. It’s difficult to fully recover from and stay healthly. It’s the same one Percy Harvin had, he eventually reaggravated the injury and surgery failed. Lolo Jones female olympic sprinter recently had this surgery done as well. Personally, I dealt with the same injury, it really hinders your running, especially making bursts or explosive movements. I chose not to do surgery and simply do rehab, this was when I found out Harvin reaggravated it after surgery. I’m not a professional athlete I don’t get paid, so I didn’t believe it was worth my money, time, DR cutting me open for the potential of the surgery failing.
    I hope Brate the very best in recovering from this to be back 100% so he can continue a successful NFL career.

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  4. I always thought he was overpaid, but is a nice asset to have in two TE sets. We have to carry a blocking specialist on the roster because he can’t fill FB/TE duties on run downs. He has good chemistry with Winston but I bet Peyton barber doesn’t like him very much. OJ Howard gives us the best of both. Maybe 1x TE and 3 WR sets are a better scheme for us, stocker was an unsung hero in our run game, and we missed him this year. Cross and auclair were failed projects

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  5. Evans, Godwin, Humphries, O.J. Howard and Brate all lined up, 5 wide. Go ahead, defend that!

    Hope for a speedy recovery!

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  6. This year Brate had 30 receptions on 48 passes and 6 tds. OJ had 34 catches on 48 passes and 5 tds Brate had a torn labrum and toughed out the whole season. OJ hasn’t finished either of his two seasons. Why are you people down on Brate? He’s had 23 touchdowns in 4 seasons. Hope he recovers and has a great season. He’s a keeper.

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  7. Jeez…people were so happy to sign Brate to a long term deal last year and now some of you guys want him out a year after signing that contract..I believe Brate is a solid teammate and didn’t just quit after signing. I’d like to see if it was just the injury hampering him this year so he should stay.

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  8. Brate is rock solid, and hips definitely affect your play. I think with Howard, Bucs are pretty strong at TE but now that Cross has retired, and Brate is recovering. I wouldn’t be surprised if they draft another TE late in the draft.

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  9. You don’t know if He’s going to be the same. That’s a bad injury. It’s not that he’s not a great teammate and good player. An injury like that might limit him going forward. You have to look for another tight end. You don’t know how or even if he will play in the future at the level he was at before.

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  10. Torn labrum (hip) is a tough injury. I hope he can recover 100%. Hips affects everything. Yes this would affect the ability to catch a ball as it affects the ability to extend the hands and arms away from the body.

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  11. There’s just no compassion in Bucville. Folks in the real world will call in sick for even the most trivial reason. Brate chose to man-up and he’s chastised for dropping a couple of contested passes. They stood out because he typically caught most of his targets.

    I’d like to know why the team doctors and Brate didn’t opt for surgery once the season was lost. Why was he never on the injury report?

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  12. You don’t think an injury that requires surgery affected drops? You have no clue then. Of course it affects everything including drops It distracts you as well. You have to go up twist left or right etc to make catch at times. If your thinking about aching hip and how not to get hit on that side after you catch it you don’t think that affects it? Crazy.

    Anyways as far as he goes I would keep Brate for sure he’s kind guy you want in locker room and proven great pass catching TE with chemistry with Winston. Howard gets hurt again you still a great TE in Brate.

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    • You really have no clue how much PAIN effects every thing we do!!

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  13. I have read a lot of idiotic remarks out here in the past, but the ones about a painful hip injury not affecting your ability to catch a ball pretty much come out on top.
    I’m not even going to give the reasons why, the people who posted those remarks are either to stupid or ignorant to comprehend them.

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  14. You have to understand the Sports Mind and the psychology that goes along with it. If He is experiencing pain when He cuts on His route’s or on the field at all. Then His hip injury is affecting His hands. As an athlete when you on your on. But when something is off it affects the best of them.

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