Weekly Recap: Young Bengals Staying Hungry

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Jan 07, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Brandon Tate (19) returns a punt during the fourth quarter of the 2011 AFC wild card playoff game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE

 

The biggest surprise of the day came in the form of WR Brandon Tate lining up opposite A.J. Green with the first-team offense in today’s practice. It will be interesting to see how much run Tate gets with the first and even second-team offense when it appeared he was 4th or 5th on the depth chart. In 3 NFL Seasons, he has only 24 receptions for 432 yards, all of which were in his second year with the Patriots. He’s a good return an, and perhaps Jay Gruden believes he can utilize Tate by getting him the ball in space and on screen passes and give him a chance to make plays in that manner, as his lack of adequate route-running skills and unreliable hands make him a very limited down-the-field threat.

 

Bengals fans will have to wait a little long to see how 1st-rounder Dre’ Kirkpatrick practice against NFL veterans, as he revealed today that he tweaked his hamstring and would sit out during voluntary workouts. He did say he could be back by the start of next week.

 

Who Dey Fans broke down the Bengals o-line and how it will project going into training camp.

 

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