The Bucs announced Monday that tight end Cameron Brate will be removed from the PUP list. It’s great news for both the Bucs and the veteran tight end, who was placed on said list the day before the start of training camp.
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) August 9, 2021
The Bucs also released an official statement detailing Brate’s removal from the PUP. He will now be able to join his teammates on the practice field. Right now, he is slated as the team’s third tight end behind O.J. Howard and Rob Gronkowski.
Brate is entering his eighth season in the NFL, all with the Bucs. He has recorded 223 receptions for 2,438 yards and 29 receiving touchdowns over that span. The Harvard grad really stepped it up once Howard went down for the season in 2020. He was the team’s leading receiver through the first three games of the playoffs and made several clutch grabs down the stretch.
Brate’s return will also make it all the more interesting to see who wins the fourth tight end spot. With Brate back in the lineup, the trio of Codey McElroy, Tanner Hudson, and Jerell Adams are sure to see fewer reps in camp, which means they’ll have to make the most out of every single chance they get.
Many were wondering -outside the Bucs, of course- when Brate would be removed from the PUP and make his 2021 debut in training camp. It’s good to see that things are on schedule. Now, it’s just about getting back on the practice field and making plays.