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Buccaneers Release First Official Depth Chart, Announce Rob Gronkowski's Replacement

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released their first official depth chart of the preseason on Tuesday afternoon. With it, we now know who'll be replacing Rob Gronkowski as the team's starting tight end. 

The Bucs have announced tight end Cameron Brate, 31, will replace the now-retired Gronkowski and start at tight end. Brate has spent his entire NFL career in Tampa Bay. He has 253 catches for 2,683 yards and 33 touchdowns in eight seasons. 

Tom Brady will be looking Brate's way often throughout the 2022 season. We all know how much he utilizes tight ends in his passing attack.

"#GoBucs released first depth chart. Aaron Stinnie is the starter at LG, Cameron Brate at TE, Akiem Hicks at DT, CBs are Sean Murphy-Bunting and Carlton Davis, S Mike Edwards and Antonine Winfield Jr, Jaelon Darden is the KR/PR," said Rick Stroud.

Brate has big shoes to fill as he tries to replace Rob Gronkowski. The veteran Kyle Rudolph, who signed with the Bucs earlier in the offseason, will also contribute. 

The Bucs open the 2022 campaign on Sept. 11 vs. the Dallas Cowboys.