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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
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.
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.