Kick Returner: B
It takes a lot for me to hand out compliments to Brandon Tate, but believe it or not, Tate was 9th in the NFL with a 26.1 average…though it is worth keeping in mind that they count the yards coming out of the end zone.
Punt Returner: B
Even more shocking was Tate’s 9.3 punt return average which was 13th in the NFL. He even had a few punt returns that saved/won games. Like it or not, Tate had a pretty good year.
Special Teams as a Whole: C+
Here are the Bengals rankings in the following categories:
Kick Return Avg: 13th
Punt Return Avg: 15th
Kick Coverage: 15th
Punt Coverage: 12th
FG Percentage: 23rd
Net Punting: 15th
Their average ranking across all 6 categories? 15.5 out of 32 teams. That is about as average as average can be. Brandon Tate had a decent year, but I would still like to see the Bengals find an upgrade at the kick and punt returner position.
Huber had a good year until his injury. The coverage teams were average and Nugent had some big kicks and big misses. All in all, a very average year for Darrin Simmons and crew.