Elusive and explosive with the ball in his hands. A gifted return man who sees openings well and explodes for big yardage. Has the speed and athleticism to succeed as a wideout.
Very inexperienced as a receiver. Lacks execution basics, including efficient route-running, catching fundamentals, and using his frame. Injury-prone. Off-the-field problems are also an issue.
Excellent return man & athletic wideout.
Movements & Injuries
Declared free agent.
Re-signed by the Cincinnati Bengals.
Re-signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Cincinnati Bengals to a one-year contract.
Claimed off waivers from the New England Patriots.
Released by the New England Patriots.
Knee injury, injured reserve.
Knee injury, out.
Activated from the physically unable to perform list (knee injury).
Knee injury, physically unable to perform.
Knee injury, reserve/non-football injury.
Signed by the New England Patriots.
Claimed by the Cincinnati Bengals off waivers from the New England Patriots.
Drafted by the New England Patriots in the 3rd round (83rd overall) in 2009.
Bengals wideout Brandon Tate was an active receiving target in Week 6 with star wideout A.J. Green sidelined by injury. | 10/15/2014 8:20 AM
Bengals wideout Brandon Tate was an active receiving target in Week 6 with star wideout A.J. Green sidelined by injury.
Green is likely out again in Week 7 making Tate a viable low-end option. He caught four balls for 38 yards and a touchdown against Carolina in Week 6.
Brandon Tate losing grip on roster spot | 06/13/2014 10:27 AM
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 at that. He played just 71 offensive snaps last season. The Bengals have some talent on the back end of their receiver depth chart and may have to cut ties with Tate in order to roster all of them. Adam "Pacman" Jones could handle punt-return duties, while Danieal Manning is a candidate on kick returns should Tate not make the final 53.
Bengals re-sign WR/KR Brandon Tate | 03/11/2014 10:52 AM
Bengals re-signed WR/KR Brandon Tate.
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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.
Bengals re-signed WR/KR Brandon Tate to a one-year deal.
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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 last season as an injury fill-in, but was unimpressive in that role. He's well off the fantasy radar.
Brandon Tate expected to hit the market | 02/28/2013 11:19 AM
The Cincinnati Enquirer does not expect free agent WR/KR Brandon Tate to re-sign with the Bengals.