Cincinnati Bengals Roster Prediction: Brandon Tate


Jun 16, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Brandon Tate (19) during minicamp at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Tate was re-signed to a one year deal but it is tough to see it done, because it meant losing Dane Sanzenbacher, who was a fan favorite and Ohio boy. Brandon Tate was expected to walk and primary return spot given to Adam “Pacman” Jones but after a visit to the Chiefs, Tate returned to the Bengals.

Brandon Tate did help the Bengals in a down receiving season, with the loss of both A.J. Green and Marvin Jones. During the games he played, he was the number two receiver behind Mohamed Sanu last year during A.J. Green’s absence. He ended up with 17 catches for 193 yards and one touchdown, but also lost a fumble. His numbers are not impressive and even his return numbers went significantly down last season.

Tate’s tenure in Cincinnati is coming close to an end and with Mario Alford, who is much like former Steelers return man Stefan Logan, his kick and punt return value could be all but gone with the Bengals. The best thing that Brandon Tate could hope for would be an incredible camp and an injury or value buster camp for one of the other wide receivers fighting for a roster spot.

Tate will be competing against Mario Alford, James Wright, possibly Dane Sanzenbacher, if he returns to camp as an invite, Denarius Moore, and Cobi Hamilton. Three of those five who could possess more value than Tate, which would push him into a practice squad position or even out of Cincinnati all together.

The question at hand is will Brandon Tate be in a Cincinnati Bengals uniform come week 1. The answer is, not unless he changes the future for himself. He is right now fifth to sixth on the depth chart and with the Bengals expected to field six wide receivers without designation for special teams, he could be the odd man out. My prediction, he will be wearing another color, whether it is on another team or practice squad, depends on him. It is hard to picture him on this roster in September.