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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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10/26/16 - KR Brandon Tate has 276 kickoff return yards and 130 punt return yards.
10/24/16 - WR Brandon Tate caught two passes for 31 yards, but his biggest contributions came on special teams. Tate had a 30-yard punt return, a 25-yard kickoff return, and he downed a punt at the 1-yard-line.
09/13/16 - PR Brandon Tate made his Bills' debut and had one punt return for 21 yards. He may have already surpassed Reggie Bush as the main returner.
09/06/16 - KR/WR Brandon Tate signed a conteact with the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday less than a week after the 28-year-old receiver was released by the Cincinnati Bengals. Tate played five seasons with the Bengals and is the franchise's all-time leader with 1,415 punt return yards. He also ranks second in kickoff return yardage with 3,517. Tate, who turns 29 next month, will likely get a chance to become Buffalo's main kickoff returner. Veteran running back Reggie Bush has secured the punt-return duties.
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.