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Brandon Tate | Wide Receiver

Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Age / DOB:  (27) / 10/5/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 195
College: North Carolina
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Brandon Tate caught one pass for seven yards in Sunday's Week 7 loss to the Colts.
The one time Tate got in front of Vontae Davis on a slant, Davis got back into the play late and ripped the ball out for an incompletion. Even if A.J. Green (toe) misses another week, Tate won't be a fantasy option. Oct 19 - 5:20 PM

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Brandon Tate caught four passes for 38 yards and one touchdown in the Bengals' Week 6 tie with the Panthers.

Tate got the start opposite Mohamed Sanu in place of A.J. Green (toe). He drew five targets on the day as the fourth option in the passing game. Tate turned a quick pass to the left into a five-yard score in the first quarter. He's not worth owning in and formats, even with Green likely to miss another game or two.
Oct 12 - 5:55 PM

Brandon Tate caught 1-of-3 targets for 50 yards in Cincinnati's Week 2 win over the Falcons.

Tate's catch came on a trick play, with Mohamed Sanu tossing a deep bomb. Tate could be in a for a little more run if A.J. Green (toe/foot) misses time, but he remains miles from fantasy relevance.
Sep 14 - 6:24 PM

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Bengals KR/WR Brandon Tate's "job appears in jeopardy more than ever."

Tate is a strict return man, but a good one. He played just 71 offensive snaps last season. The Bengals are deep at wideout and may have to cut ties with Tate in order to roster all of them. Pacman Jones could handle punt returns, while Danieal Manning is a candidate on kick returns should Tate not make the final 53.
Jun 13 - 10:27 AM

Bengals re-signed WR/KR Brandon Tate.

Tate, a 26-year-old former third-round pick of the Patriots, never panned out as a receiver but has forged a solid NFL career on special teams. He averaged 26.1 yards on kickoff returns in 2013, and 9.3 yards on punts. Tate will not push for playing time on offense, but was worth retaining on the cheap.
Mar 11 - 10:52 AM

Bengals re-signed WR/KR Brandon Tate to a one-year deal.

According to Pro Football Focus, Tate saw 278 offensive snaps in 2012, catching 13-of-24 targets for 211 yards and one score. He also averaged 24.8 yards per kick return and 8.9 yards per punt return. Tate started three games as an injury fill-in, but was unimpressive in that role. He's well off the fantasy radar.
Sat, Mar 23, 2013 12:37:00 PM

The Cincinnati Enquirer does not expect free agent WR/KR Brandon Tate to re-sign with the Bengals.

If the Bengals bring back free agent Adam "Pacman" Jones, they can easily fill the return specialist spot with him and a draft pick. Tate managed just 8.9 yards per punt return and 24.8 yards per kick return last season anyway.
Thu, Feb 28, 2013 10:19:00 AM

Brandon Tate got the start at split end for the Bengals in Week 9, but came away with one catch for 17 yards.

He saw six targets, but remains an inefficient, unnatural NFL receiver. Mohamed Sanu, the little-used rookie, would be a better option outside at this point. Sanu finished Sunday's game with two catches for 29 yards on three targets. Avoid Bengals wide receivers aside from A.J. Green moving forward. Andrew Hawkins has potential, but simply doesn't play a big enough role.
Sun, Nov 4, 2012 11:32:00 PM

Brandon Tate was held to one reception for three yards in the Bengals' Week 7 loss to Pittsburgh.

Tate got the start in place of Armon Binns (ankle). As usual, Tate's biggest impact came in the return game, where he brought back three kickoffs for an average of 36 yards. A hot fantasy waiver-wire pickup several years back with New England, Tate has never developed into a capable NFL wide receiver.
Mon, Oct 22, 2012 12:30:00 AM

Brandon Tate caught two passes for 19 yards versus the Packers in the third preseason game.

There's still no separation between Tate and Armon Binns, each of whom were targeted three times. Binns answered Tate's impressive sideline grab with a diving catch just shy of the goal line. Neither receiver has proven worthy of a late-round flier in 12-team leagues. Rookie Marvin Jones continues to flash big-play ability with the second string, accounting for the Bengals' lone touchdown Thursday night.
Thu, Aug 23, 2012 11:01:00 PM

Running with the starters in Friday's preseason debut, Brandon Tate caught two passes for 24 yards.

The Bengals' depth chart, which has Tate listed as a starter opposite A.J. Green, reflected reality this evening. Tate stayed in after Andy Dalton departed, making a nice 14-yard grab in traffic near the end of the second quarter. His best play of the night didn't count, as he skied to make an acrobatic grab while falling backward, but couldn't keep his feet in-bounds. Tate is fighting with Armon Binns for No. 2 receiver duties, but the duo could end up in a rotation with Marvin Jones.
Fri, Aug 10, 2012 10:17:00 PM

Brandon Tate is listed as a first-team wideout on the Bengals' first preseason depth chart.

Following an impressive offseason, Tate entered camp as the starter opposite A.J. Green and has stuck there despite a balking hamstring of late. Armon Binns is listed as his backup, while rookie Mohamed Sanu is buried with the fourth-stringers. Both QB Andy Dalton and beat writer Joe Reedy are on the record saying they expect a rotation at the No. 2 wideout spot.
Mon, Aug 6, 2012 11:35:00 AM

Brandon Tate opened Bengals training camp as the starting receiver opposite A.J. Green.

Tate and Armon Binns are expected to take the majority of the first-team reps throughout camp. It looks like the coaches deferred to Tate's experience edge in the initial practice. Rookie Mohamed Sanu will also have a chance to force his way into the mix.
Sat, Jul 28, 2012 03:49:00 AM

Bengals OC Jay Gruden expects Brandon Tate and Armon Binns to share the majority of the No. 2 receiver snaps in training camp.

A favorite has yet to emerge between the two holdovers, though it's noteworthy that Tate and Binns are still ahead of rookie Mohamed Sanu entering camp. At this point, Sanu is undraftable in standard-size redraft leagues.
Source: Bengals.com
Tue, Jul 24, 2012 06:17:00 PM

Offensive coordinator Jay Gruden said Brandon Tate "has been one of the best surprises of camp."

Tate, who was primarily a kick returner during his time with the Patriots, saw a lot of time with the starters during Bengals minicamp. "He's got all the ability," Gruden said. "He runs all of the routes great, he's got great feel, and he's done an outstanding job." We're not locking up the No. 2 receiver gig for rookie Mohamed Sanu just yet.
Source: Bengals.com
Fri, Jun 22, 2012 10:32:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Andy Dalton
2Jason Campbell
3A.J. McCarron
RB1Jeremy Hill
2Giovani Bernard
3Cedric Peerman
4Rex Burkhead
GLB1Jeremy Hill
2Giovani Bernard
3RB1Giovani Bernard
2Jeremy Hill
FB1Ryan Hewitt
WR11A.J. Green
2James Wright
3Brandon Tate
WR21Mohamed Sanu
2Dane Sanzenbacher
3Greg Little
WR31James Wright
TE1Jermaine Gresham
2Kevin Brock
K1Mike Nugent