With the Cincinnati Bengals on their BYE, it’s time to look at the players who haven’t done much for the team through nine games this season.
Whether it’s not being targeted, not finding the field, not making opportunities count, or being unable to stay healthy, these four players haven’t offered the Bengals much at all.
4. Auden Tate
The Bengals spent a seventh-round pick on Florida State’s Auden Tate in the 2018 NFL Draft and at first, it looked like a golden pick for them. Tate had 40 catches for 575 yards and a touchdown during the 2019 season but struggled to stay on the field in 2020.
This year, he’s been mostly healthy but it hasn’t made a difference for the former seventh-round pick. He’s had just three catches for 39 yards so far and has been ignored completely in three games.
In the games where Tate has been ‘involved’, he’s only been targeted once. He did have a touchdown pass in the Week 6 blowout win over the Lions, but that came from Brandon Allen, as most of the starters were pulled from the lineup.
The Bengals should have considered trading Tate before the deadline and getting something for him since they’re not utilizing him. Then again, he’s not the only wide receiver who’s been ignored this season.