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Brandon Tate is an interesting player.
Selected in the third round out of North Carolina by the New England Patriots in 2009, he looked like a promising receiver and return specialist. He currently holds the NCAA record for combined return yards over his collegiate career.
He played well enough in New England. In his second season, he caught 24 passes for 432 yards with 3 touchdowns. He also had over 1,000 return yards and two return touchdowns.
He was, however, released by the Patriots at the end of the 2010 season.
In Cincinnati, he's been less impressive. Taking over as the primary returner for Adam 'Pacman' Jones, he scored just one TD out of 107 return attempts.
Tate was an okay receiver in New England, averaging 18 yards per attempt. But, in Cincinnati, he hasn't been targeted once as a wideout.
Although he has more NFL experience than any other receiver on the roster, Tate hasn't had a chance to build a chemistry with Andy Dalton. His position as a returner is also in danger since Jones, now that depth at corner has been restored, may resume his return responsibilities.
Tate stands a fairly good chance of making the roster given his experience and what he was able to do with New England, but I don't expect him to be on there for the entire season.
Tate might just get cut or see a move to the practice squad.