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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
09/19/13 - WR Brandon Tate has taken seven of the nine punt returns as Adam Jones has battled injuries.
08/18/13 - WR Brandon Tate was thought to be on the roster bubble, but he keeps having a consistent offseason and is improving as a receiver. Many have second-guessed Tate as a kick or punt returner but he leads the Bengals in receptions (five) and yards (84) in the first two preseason games and isn't afraid to go over the middle on receptions.
07/24/13 - WR Brandon Tate (hamstring) was placed on the physically unable to perform list.
03/25/13 - WR Brandon Tate officially re-signed with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Tate caught 13 passes for 211 yards and a touchdown in 2012, his second season with the Bengals. He also averaged 24.8 yards on 32 kick returns and 8.9 yards on 21 punt returns.
His average of 10.1 yards on punt returns is the best in franchise history.
"Brandon has excellent tools, especially great speed, and he can continue to help is both on offense and special teams," said Bengals special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons/ "He's a hard worker and a good team player. We're glad to have him back."
12/17/12 - WR Brandon Tate will continue to see some time at punt returner despite fielding a punt at the Bengals 1 during the Eagles game instead of letting it go into the end zone.