Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate expects to be cleared for training camp
Brate underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip back in January and had been dealing with the injury for quite some time before finally opting to have it remedied.
“Yeah, personally I wish I would have played better last year and everything like that, but I just don’t think I was able to prepare for the season the way I wanted to dealing with the injury,” Brate said. “Week to week I wasn’t able to prepare for the games the way I normally would. It was more just kind of getting through the season. More than anything I’m just glad I was able to get it taken care of. I won’t have to deal with that moving forward.”
The 27-year-old, who signed a six-year contract extension with the Buccaneers last year, played in all 16 games this past season, hauling in 30 receptions for 289 yards and six touchdowns.
He was clearly limited, as he was playing the entire season with the injury.
Brate, who played his collegiate football at Harvard, went undrafted but eventually landed with Tampa Bay in May 2014. He barely played during his rookie season, but the following year, he appeared in 14 games and caught 23 passes for 288 yards and three scores.
The Naperville, Il. native then broke out during his second season, snaring 57 balls for 660 yards while reaching the end zone eight times. He followed that up with 48 catches for 591 yards and six touchdowns in 2017.