Data Scout Notes: HM M/6GP-16-376-23.5-3TD-Rec/11-143-13.0-1TD-Rush/22.6-1TD-PR/27.7KOR
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
11/30/14 - RB Ben Tate played in a game for the first time since being claimed by the Vikings off waivers from the Cleveland Browns two weeks ago. Tate carried five times for 15 yards.
10/14/14 - WR Brandon Tate, getting the start for the injured A.J. Green, tied his career high with four catches and caught his first touchdown pass in more than two years.
12/17/13 - KR Brandon Tate averaged 32.8 yards on four kickoff returns. He is up to fifth in the AFC in kickoff return average at 26.8 yards.
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.