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10 October 2017

Transcript: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2017 Media Availability (10/10/17)

BUC BIT OF THE DAY: Since the start of the 2016 season, TE Cameron Brate has caught 11 touchdowns, the most in the NFL among tight ends and tied for the seventh-most in the league overall.
Below is a selection of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quotes from today’s earlier media availability:
(On how he felt during the tryout)
“It felt great. It felt like I was back home. It’s good to go out and kick on those fields and that’s quite a facility being built out there, so it was nice to see as well – looking forward to using it.”
(On how much training he continued to do while he was off)
“I was in the gym Monday through Friday. I took the weekends off. I kind of tried to space it out like I would a normal game week. I would kick three days a week – Monday, Wednesday, Friday. It would be at one o’clock – same time every day. My dad and I would go up there right before school ended. We got there during the last period, warmed up and we were ready to go.”
(On if he feels pressure in this new opportunity with the Buccaneers)
“I think there is pressure at every position when you get into this league – not so much the kicking aspect of it. Truth be told, whatever happened in the past is in the past. I’m looking forward to Sunday and that’s all I can control. I’m looking forward to putting some points on the board.”
(On if he feels he is a better kicker than he was during his last stint with the Buccaneers)
“I’m a better man. Mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually I am a better man, so absolutely I am a better kicker as well.”
(On what range he feels comfortable kicking from)
“Whatever Coach [Dirk] Koetter needs.”
(On how long he would’ve continued chasing his dream of playing in the NFL)
“Truthfully, I think [for] every athlete there comes a point in time when you know, ‘Okay, I need to transition.’ I sought out the advice of a lot of different people. I had the opportunity to speak with [Irish soccer managers] Roy Keane and Martin O’Neill … a couple months ago when they were in New Jersey. They kind of helped through that process to try and do this for as long as you can because you really don’t get that many opportunities to pursue your dream and play sports for a living. I definitely wasn’t at that point where I needed to transition and I’m glad that this all worked out.”
(On the pressure involved in his new role)
“Well truthfully, if you can’t handle the spotlight it’s probably the wrong profession to be in. I’m sure Jameis [Winston] gets scrutinized, as well. I’m sure Gerald [McCoy] and Lavonte [David] get scrutinized, as well. There is pressure at every position, but it’s how you deal with it. To be honest with you, I feel very comfortable in this locker room. I know these guys feel comfortable with me, so I think we work well together and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

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