Bucs TE Cameron Brate underwent surgery last week to repair a torn labrum in his hip, ESPN's Jenna Laine reports. Brate played the "majority" of the season with the injury, according to Laine. That helps explain a disappointing 2018 campaign that saw him finish with 3-year lows in catches (30), yards (289) and yards per catch (9.6). Brate is expected to be sidelined for a few months, and the Bucs are hoping he'll be a full-go by June minicamp.
Bucs TE O.J. Howard has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL and is expected to miss 2-4 weeks, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. It's the same injury and timetable as Giants TE Evan Engram. The good news for Howard is that Tampa has a Week 5 bye, so it's possible that he only misses 1 game. He's worth hanging on to in most leagues considering the dearth of fantasy-viable TEs. Between Howard's injury and the return of QB Jameis Winston, TE Cameron Brate's stock is trending up.
Bucs TE Cameron Brate (hip) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game vs. the Packers. He was added to the injury report on Thursday and limited in Friday’s practice. It sounds like Brate will play, but the hip is just another reason to avoid him in Week 13 fantasy lineups. He has just 1 catch in 4 straight games and draws the league’s top-ranked TE defense.
The Bucs have placed TE Cameron Brate on IR with the back injury he suffered in last week's loss to the Saints. He'll miss the season finale against the Panthers. It's a disappointing end to what was an impressive year for Brate. He hauled in 57 balls for 660 yards and a TE-high 8 TDs. He's currently sitting 6th at the position in PPR points. Brate should be back as Tampa Bay's starter in 2017.
Buccaneers HC Dirk Koetter called TE Cameron Brate his starter Wednesday, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. Koetter reportedly said Brate deserves the job "because he's making plays and run blocking has improved." That doesn't necessarily mean that the situation is set for the regular season, but it follows an offseason of negative buzz for 3rd-year TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins. There's lots of athletic upside to the former 2nd-round pick, but ASJ has lost 16 games to injury over 2 seasons and apparently failed to mature. We'll see if this lights a fire, but we're moving Seferian-Jenkins even further down our TE rankings until he gives us a reason to believe.