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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12/21/16 - PR Brandon Tate is averaging 11 yards on 23 punt returns to rank fifth in the NFL. At 22.4 yard per return, Tate is eighth in kickoff returns.
11/28/16 - PR Brandon Tate made one of the biggest plays of the games for the Bills. His 43-yard punt return that set up the first touchdown late in the first half.
11/14/16 - KR Brandon Tate ranks in the top 10 in both punt and kickoff return average.
10/31/16 - WR Brandon Tate was evaluated for a concussion after getting hit by Patriots S Devin McCourty in the third quarter. He had two catches for 17 yards before getting hurt.
10/26/16 - KR Brandon Tate has 276 kickoff return yards and 130 punt return yards.