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Brandon Tate | Wide Receiver

Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Age / DOB:  (26) / 10/5/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 195
College: North Carolina
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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

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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

The Cincinnati Enquirer believes neither Bengals WR Brandon Tate nor WR Andrew Hawkins is guaranteed a roster spot.

Tate ran with the first-team offense in OTAs last week, but it was based purely on seniority. Tate caught zero passes last season, and may not even retain return duties if he keeps his roster spot. Hawkins caught 23 passes in 13 games after being signed off the practice squad, but is severely under-sized at 5-foot-8, 165. He'll likely be cut if Jordan Shipley's knee is 100 percent.
Mon, May 28, 2012 08:30:00 AM

Brandon Tate lined up opposite A.J. Green with the first-team offense in Tuesday's practice.

Position coach James Urban had previously hinted that Tate could have a bigger offensive role this season. Tate and Armon Binns have the inside track on rookies Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones because of their experience in the offense. That should change by the time training camp rolls around. Sanu is widely viewed as the favorite to emerge as the No. 2 receiver.
Tue, May 22, 2012 02:23:00 PM

Bengals WRs coach James Urban hints Brandon Tate could have a bigger role on offense in 2012.

Claimed off waivers from the Patriots after final cuts last season, Tate notched zero catches as he focused on returns. "(Tate's) played in the league and we're excited to see how he fits in with our offense now that he's been here," Urban said. Not a realistic competitor for the Bengals' No. 2 job, Tate has to worry about holding onto return duties before becoming a factor on offense. He's off the fantasy radar.
Source: Bengals.com
Tue, May 8, 2012 09:40:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Andy Dalton
2Jason Campbell
3A.J. McCarron
4Tyler Wilson
RB1Giovani Bernard
2Jeremy Hill
3BenJarvus Green-Ellis
4Cedric Peerman
5Rex Burkhead
GLB1Jeremy Hill
2BenJarvus Green-Ellis
3RB1Giovani Bernard
2Jeremy Hill
FB1Ryan Hewitt
2Orson Charles
3Nikita Whitlock
WR11A.J. Green
2Mohamed Sanu
3Ryan Whalen
4James Wright
5Jasper Collins
WR21Marvin Jones
2Dane Sanzenbacher
3Brandon Tate
4Cobi Hamilton
5Colin Lockett
WR31Mohamed Sanu
TE1Jermaine Gresham
2Tyler Eifert
3Alex Smith
4Kevin Brock
K1Mike Nugent
2Quinn Sharp