The Buccaneers didn’t have to look far for a new tight ends coach to replace Jon Embree, who was hired away as a tight ends/assistant head coach by new 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan.
The team is promoting Ben Steele, who is coming off his third season as the Bucs offensive quality control coach.
For Steele the move represents a shift back to the spot he held as an assistant coach at the University of California-Davis in 2013, when he was the team’s tight ends coach.
Steele was also a tight end during his playing days, first as an All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference selection at Mesa State and later during a two-year run with the Green Bay Packers.
Steele will be charged with continuing to improve Cameron Brate, who something of a breakout year in 2016 when he caught 57 passes for 660 yards and eight touchdowns.
Brate still needs to learn to block more consistently to be considered an all-around tight end but the hiring of Steele should help as it helps maintain continuity in the coaching staff.