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Cameron Brate has great explanation for what makes Rob Gronkowski funny

Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski is known for being one of the funniest players in the NFL, but is that reputation a bit misleading? As fellow Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate explained, people tend to laugh at Gronkowski more than they laugh with him

Brate was asked on Tuesday if he can describe what it’s like to be around Gronkowski. Some were surprised to hear Brate say Gronk is “not a funny guy,” but his explanation made a lot of sense.

“He’s not a funny guy, per se, he’s just really funny to be around,” Brate said, via NESN’s Doug Kyed. “He’ll say something that’s not funny at all, and he’ll start cracking up at his own joke. You’re not really laughing at what he said. You’re just laughing at his laugh.”

Anyone who has followed Gronkowski through the years knows exactly what Brate is talking about. Tom Brady gave us a glimpse of what it’s like to be around Gronkowski with his hilarious Gronk impersonation (video here) earlier this season.

Gronk is the definition of a class clown. The material may not be that great, but you can’t help but laugh at his antics. That’s exactly what Brate was referring to.

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Bucs TE Cameron Brate reveals he had coronavirus

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate revealed on Wednesday that he has recovered from the coronavirus, which led to another round of criticism for Tom Brady.

In a video he shared on Instagram, Brate said he is fully recovered from COVID-19 and encouraged people to donate plasma to help fight the virus in others who contract it.

What does that have to do with Brady? Last month, Brady and several Buccaneers teammates got together for workouts despite the NFLPA’s medical director, Dr. Thom Mayer, advising players against it. Brady and his teammates continued to work out together, and Brady posted a quote on Instagram that appeared to be a response to Mayer’s advice.

Brate was one of the players who was frequently spotted working out with Brady and the Bucs. It’s not known if Brate was the only player who tested positive for COVID-19 or if he had it during the practices.

OJ Howard, Cameron Brate could be trade candidates

OJ Howard Alabama

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have several talented tight ends on their roster following the addition of Rob Gronkowski, making it seem like they could trade some of their other players at the position. Tampa Bay also has OJ Howard and Cameron Brate, who seem like trade candidates.

Howard, 25, was a first-round pick by the Bucs in 2017. He caught 11 touchdowns over his first two seasons with the Bucs but only had one touchdown in 14 games last season. He seemed to not really be a great fit with new head coach Bruce Arians.

Howard seems like he could be traded before Brate, considering as of last week a report identified him as a trade candidate.

Brate, 28, has been with Tampa Bay since 2014 and has 27 career touchdown catches, including 20 from 2016-2018. He is entering the third of a six-year, $40.8 million contract he signed with the Bucs in 2014.

Based on all the signs and the contract Brate is under, Howard seems like the more likely player to be dealt. He could be a very productive player in a different system and would likely be coveted.

Every NFL team’s key role player

Tyler Lockett

Every NFL team has a series of superstars on both offense and defense who steal the limelight, but in order for a team to be successful, they need quality starters at every position and strong reserves/role players.

Often, it’s those role players who are ultimately the difference between a championship run or a story about what could have been.

Here’s a look at every NFL team’s key role player.

Arizona Cardinals – John Brown, wide receiver

This spot could have just as easily have gone to wide receiver J.J. Nelson, but John Brown has been an under-the-radar gem for the Cardinals several years running. He finished fourth on the team in all purpose yards (697) in 2016 despite starting only six games, and did his damage through the air, on the ground and returning both kicks and punts. Unfortunately he is currently being limited by a quad injury.

Atlanta Falcons – Adrian Clayborn, defensive end

After starting for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers over four seasons, Adrian Clayborn joined the Falcons as a reserve and like many others on defense, plays a key role. A rotational defensive end with quality experience, Clayborn recorded 7.5 sacks with Atlanta over his first two seasons and provides a solid third-and-long option. The 29-year-old has one sack this season, and made his presence felt with a big hit on Aaron Rodgers in Week 2.


Hidden gems on all 32 NFL teams

James Bradberry

NFL superstars tend to receive many rewards, ranging from massive contracts to All-Pro nods and trips to the Pro Bowl. But in order to succeed at the highest level, all 32 teams still need role players and unsung heroes to help them along their journey.

Sometimes those role players receive the recognition they deserve — most often within the fan bases or cities in which they play. But frequently, they are not recognized the way they should be.

Each team has some hidden gems on their roster — here’s a look at one for each team.

Arizona Cardinals – Markus Golden, linebacker

Markus Golden is more overlooked than unknown, but at his current rate of development, he won’t be forgotten much longer. Golden finished the 2016 season with 53 total pressures, 41 run stops and 12.5 sacks. The 41 run stops were good for fourth-most among edge defenders in the NFL. Golden is in line for a Pro Bowl or All-Pro nod in 2017 if he continues at this pace. If that happens, the secret will be out.

Atlanta Falcons – Grady Jarrett, defensive tackle

Grady Jarrett was considered underrated in college and that remained true over his first two seasons with the Falcons. Even despite a strong performance in the Super Bowl, Jarrett hasn’t exactly seen his name in lights. If Atlanta didn’t choke the game away, perhaps that would be different, but for now, Jarrett and his 78.3 Pro Football Focus rating will continue to fly under the radar.