Despite the arrival of first-round draft pick O.J. Howard last season, Brate still managed to put up decent numbers. His 48 receptions for 591 yards and six touchdowns marked the second-best production of his four-year career. In 2016, he posted career highs in all three categories (57-660-8). The former undrafted free agent out of Harvard signed a whopping six-year $40.8 million contract this offseason.
There are quite a few receiving options in the Tampa Bay offense. In 2017, seven different receivers had at least 25 catches. Brate undoubtedly will lose snaps and grabs to the talented Howard.
The Bucs have invested a great deal in the TE position. They demonstrated how they feel about Brate with the massive contract offer. He is one of Jameis Winstonís favorite targets near the goal line. Brate is a nice backup and streaming option, but he cannot be considered a TE1 because of Tampaís pecking order in the passing attack.