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Post-Draft Outlook:COULD SURPRISE: North Carolina receiver Brandon Tate, another kick-return specialist, could play the role Bethel Johnson never did in his short stint with the Patriots. The upshot is, he's an even better receiver than Johnson ever was. Tate nearly broke the NCAA record for kick-return yardage and established himself as a two-way threat by playing receiver and defensive back. In fact, this could be the perfect makeup pick after Matthew Slater bottomed out trying to play a similar role in 2008. A closer look at the Patriots' picks: 3/83 -- Brandon Tate, WR, 6-0, 183, North Carolina...The Patriots were too top-heavy at receiver last year and they could always use more help on special teams -- especially with Ellis Hobbs dealt to Philadelphia -- so acquiring Tate makes sense. He's known more for his exploits in the kick-return game, which means his speed can be a valuable asset in two phases of the game. Tate also played defensive back at times, so there's a possibility the Patriots can utilize him a number of roles. They've done it in the past, such as when they used Troy Brown as a nickel back in an emergency role. - by The Sports Xchange
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Draft Scout Brandon Tate News
08/30/16 - WR Brandon Tate was released by the Cincinnati Bengals.
The eight-year veteran played in every Bengals regular-season and postseason game since joining the team as a free agent in 2011 after starting his career with the New England Patriots.
"We have to make the decisions we feel are best for the team, but sometimes they are tough ones," said coach Marvin Lewis.
03/05/16 - WR Brandon Tate, scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on March 9, was re-signed by the Bengals Friday (March 4).
Contract details were not disclosed on Friday, but NFL Media reported the deal was for one year.
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Tate is an eighth-year NFL player in 2016. Tate has played the last five seasons for Cincinnati and in 2015 he became the franchise's career leader in punt returns (153) and punt return yards (1,411), averaging 9.2 yards per return.
Tate, 28, also has 33 receptions with the Bengals for 469 yards and three touchdowns. He has averaged 24.3 yards on 145 kickoff returns for the Bengals, and his next kickoff return will tie him with Tremain Mack (1997-2000) for the all-time franchise lead in total returns.
"Brandon has made big plays to help us win games, and the consistency of his work ethic and his overall play is a big plus," head coach Marvin Lewis said in a statement. "We're excited to have him back in the mix on both offense and special teams. He's a player we've been able to count on every week."
Tate has not missed a regular-season or postseason game as a Bengal. Dating back to his 2010 season with the New England Patriots, he has an active streak of 102 consecutive games played.
10/04/15 - WR Brandon Tate's first catch of the season was a big one. Cincinnati led by two points in the third quarter when receiver Tate beat Chiefs corner Marcus Peters, then made a diving catch inside the 5-yard line. Tate, however, wasn't touched down by Peters so he got up and dove into the end zone for a 55-yard TD, making the score 21-12. "He's got a role and he's always trying to take advantage of his opportunity," said coach Marvin Lewis.
04/01/15 - WR/KR Brandon Tate was re-signed by the Bengals Wednesday (April 1) as an unrestricted free agent.
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Tate is a seventh-year NFL player for 2015. He has not missed a regular-season or postseason game in the last five seasons, including four with the Bengals.
Tate had 17 receptions for 193 yards and one touchdown last season. He also rushed three times for 21 yards, averaged 9.7 yards on 18 punt returns and averaged 22.1 yards on 18 kickoff returns.
In the fourth quarter of last season's playoff-clinching win over Denver, Tate had a 49-yard punt return, setting up a 23-yard field goal to give the Bengals a lead they would not relinquish.
Tate ranks third all-time on the Bengals in both total kickoff returns (127) and punt returns (126), and he could take over the all-time lead in both categories in 2015 with 20 kickoff returns and 15 punt returns.
"Brandon has been a big contributor to the success of our team in qualifying for the playoffs the past four seasons," Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said in a statement. "We are happy he has decided to remain a Bengal."
03/08/15 - WR Brandon Tate, unrestricted FA update, got extra opportunities in the offense, like Dane Sanzenbacher, and also failed to fully capitalize on them. He has mainly been a return specialist in his four seasons with the Bengals, but the team began using Adam Jones in that role more often last year with greater results. The Bengals need more out of whoever is going to be their fourth or fifth wide receiver.