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WR Brandon Tate - Cincinnati Bengals

5-10, 183Born: 10-5-1987College: North CarolinaDrafted: Round 3

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Brandon Tate and Adam Jones have split time the last two years as returners. Tate outplayed Jones in 2013 enough to take a larger piece of the pie, a trend that may continue this year.

Week 8: vs Baltimore Ravens

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Without A.J. Green in the lineup, the Bengals offense has sputtered, and last weekend it came to a grinding halt, producing just 18/38 for 126 yards passing for Andy Dalton. Mohamed Sanu led the team with nine targets for 3/54/0 receiving; Jermaine Gresham converted 12 targets into 10/48/0 - and those were the top two receivers last weekend. YUCK! The good news is that Green sounds like he is close to returning - keep an eye on his practice status this week in Footballguys.com's Players in the News. Until Green gets back to menace teams up the field, it looks like the Bengals' passing offense is going to be a bad fantasy call. Stay tuned to this developing personnel situation before inserting any Bengal in your lineup this week. The Ravens are a tough draw with or without Green - they lead the NFL with only 104 points allowed this season, and are ranked 24th in terms of passing yards allowed per game (258.4), with seven passing TDs given up balanced by four interceptions (tied-18th in the NFL) and 15 sacks (tied-16th) generated. Matt Ryan was sacked five times for -42 yards last week on the way to 29/44 for 186 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions; Mike Glennon was dumped five times for -37 yards to get to 24/44 for 277 net yards passing, two TDs and one interception thrown. Cincinnati is second in the NFL with only six sacks allowed to date - they are pass blocking fairly well so far. This looks like a tough matchup for the struggling Bengals' attack.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
5 at NE 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
6 vs CAR 1 9 0 5 4 38 1 0
7 at IND 0 0 0 2 1 7 0 0
8 vs BAL PROJ-Dodds 1 * * 3 * * *
8 vs BAL PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 2 * * *
8 vs BAL PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 1 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs NE (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)

Tate didn't record a single catch, but made some huge mistakes in the return game. Despite great kicks from Gostkowski that pinned Tate to the back of the endzone over and over, Tate continued to try and make something happen, which really hurt Cincy. Not only did he fumble the ball away and hand the Pats a TD on one return, but he gave the Bengals poor field position a couple of other times. It was a very poor night for Tate.

2014 Week 6 vs CAR (5 / 4 / 38 / 1 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)

Tate has always been a limited WR, but the Bengals did a good job of putting him in positions to succeed. Tate started his day by catching a 16 yard slant pass on 3rd down on the Bengals' initial drive. Tate then scored on a 6 yard TD that was almost a running play. He came in motion behind Dalton, and Dalton hit him on the swing pass as the ball was hiked. Tate did a good job of streaking toward the endzone and diving for the TD. Tate also had a nice 9 yard gain on a reverse, and showed good hands late in the game on a sideline route, catching the ball, dragging the knee and getting a very big first down. Tate is in over his head a bit as a starter, but he held his own on this day, contributing on a few plays. One note, Adam Jones replaced Tate on a kickoff return late in the game, and scorched the defense for a 97 yard gain. Tate has succeeded in the past in the return game, but Tate needs to hit the bench, as Jones is a far superior kickoff returner.

2014 Week 7 vs IND (2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Tate was awful in this game. He was on the field, but got little separation and made nothing happen. He had one chance to make a play as Dalton threw a slant to Tate right at the goalline. But as Tate caught the ball and turned towards the endzone, the defender stripped the ball out of his hands. Tate just has no business being on the field as a number 2 WR, as the talent just isn't there.

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Schedule

8vs Baltimore Ravens
9vs Jacksonville Jaguars
10vs Cleveland Browns
11@ New Orleans Saints
12@ Houston Texans
13@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
14vs Pittsburgh Steelers
15@ Cleveland Browns
16vs Denver Broncos
17@ Pittsburgh Steelers