Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate can’t catch a break

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced on Saturday that veteran tight end Cameron Brate has been placed on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list.

Brate, 30, was first signed by the Bucs in 2014 as an undrafted free agent out of Harvard. Teams aren’t required to specify injuries during the offseason, but Brate dealt with back issues in the postseason.

Entering his eighth year in the league, Brate’s best days are behind him. In 2016, he had a career-high 660 yards receiving and eight touchdowns. Since then, though, his production has been on the decline. You knew Brate’s stats would take a hit the moment Tom Brady coaxed his buddy and Pro Bowl tight end Rob Gronkowski out of retirement. Brate did score a critical touchdown in the Bucs win over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC title game.

The riddled injury history of former first-round draft pick O.J. Howard has proved beneficial for Brate’s status on the team. If it weren’t for Howard’s inability to stay healthy, Brate likely would’ve been long gone. While Brate is a great pass-catcher, his 6-foot-5 frame lends itself to underwhelming athleticism and little upside as a blocker.

The Buccaneers restructured Brate’s contract this offseason, which helped the team free up cash to make some moves, most notably re-signing Antonio Brown.

In related news, wide receiver Justin Watson was also put on the PUP list, and the team signed wide receiver-turned-tight end De’Quan Hampton.

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