Going into training camp this year Brandon Tate has just over 400 career receiving yards after 3 seasons in the league, but with the inexperience of Mohammed Sanu and Marvin Jones it is Brandon Tate who could be the front runner in the most important position battle at the start of training camp; the battle for the number 2 wide receiver spot opposite of A.J. Green.
After being picked up off of waivers from the Patriots before the start of last season, Tate was 100% dedicated to working on his return game and being the kickoff and punt return threat that the Bengals desperately needed. After one season with the Bengals, Tate accounted for almost 1000 kickoff return yards, and over 500 punt return yards, including a punt return for a touchdown week 8 against the Seahawks. Although he has proven that he could be the extra help the Bengals were looking for on special teams, the 6’1″ 195 pound wide receiver from the University of North Carolina is hoping to expand his role on a playoff contending team by becoming the number 2 option on offense, on the other side of Pro Bowl receiver A.J. Green.
Those of you that balk at the idea of Tate emerging as the number 2 receiver after Jordan Shipley blew out his knee last season need to look at the situation under a different light. Tate has now had a full season to get acclimated with the Jay Gruden’s system and is fully aware of the playbook and he has also already been getting snaps with the 1st team offense during the Bengals minicamp. Not to mention when Jay Gruden was asked if there were any surprise players that had made an impression during minicamp he answer was Brandon Tate at WR.