Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Three reasons to hold onto Cameron Brate

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What he did for the Buccaneers in the playoffs

Simply put, Brate was awesome in the playoffs. Gronkowski got a lot of praise, and rightfully so, for his playoff performance of eight catches for 110 yards and two touchdowns. It also helps that both of his playoff touchdowns occurred in Super Bowl LV. It was just another notch on the old future Hall of Fame belt of his. Another great postseason stat line.

As for the other tight end for the Buccaneers? Well, in the playoffs Brate’s hauled in 14 catches for 175 yards and a touchdown. That touchdown came in the third quarter of the NFC Championship Game and ended up being the last touchdown the Bucs would score in the game.

Not only are those playoff numbers comparable to Gronk, but they are also objectively better, except for the one fewer touchdown. Brate essentially filled the Joe Jurevicius role of unexpectedly going off in the playoffs during a Super Bowl run. It was also further proof of the aforementioned rapport with Brady. Gronk and Brady are obviously besties, and their connection on the field is like something sent straight from God at this point. However, Brate could be in a position to have himself a nice little season in Tampa should the Bucs choose to keep him thanks to this growing relationship something Howard has yet to fully achieve due to his injuries. Speaking of which…