3 Bengals we need to see more of following the BYE week
1. Auden Tate
Maybe we have heard this before. Well, you are about to hear it again, and this is definitely the last time I’m saying it. GET AUDEN TATE INVOLVED!
Does it seem Tate has been around since the Ocho/Houshmandzadeh days? It does to me too, yet he is only 24 years old. Tate doesn’t run particularly well, but he is an adept run blocker that possesses a huge catch radius with his 6’5″ frame. Tate was drafted by the previous regime which may factor into Zac Taylor’s reticence when it comes to giving him meaningful snaps, but the time has come to see what Tate can do.
What is the downside to having a physical freak like Tate roaming the middle of the field? He has exhibited sticky hands in the past as well as a willingness to lay his body out across the middle.
In recent weeks we have seen Michael Thomas, (not the good one), and Stanley Morgan Jr. playing limited snaps with the offense. Are we really to believe either of those players offer more to Joe Burrow than Tate does?
Many have suggested Tate should switch to tight end due to his size. While that conversion can’t take place in-season, it’s not a terrible idea, and providing Tate with more opportunities across the middle and down the seam can only benefit Joe Burrow and serve to add yet another weapon for the Bengals down the stretch.
There are a number of other Bengals that will need to come up large for the home team to entertain a playoff bid, but these are three, in particular, I would like to see more of after the bye.