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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.

News you need to know

General News (Fri Dec 19): did not practice on Friday (due to illness).

Week 16: vs Denver Broncos

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Andy Dalton has run hot-and-cold as a passer this year - last week, the Bengals ran the football 45 times for 244 yards and three rushing scores at Cleveland, so Dalton had a 'cold' game, with 14/24 for 117 yards rushing, zero TDs and one interception thrown (taking two sacks for -14 yards). A.J. Green saw the most targets, as usual, with 11, but only managed 5/49/0 receiving in those chances, while nobody else on the team got over 40 yards receiving. Jermaine Gresham's injured toe kept him sidelined last week and he's seeing a toe specialist this week - he looks iffy to play in this key AFC contest. Denver's run D is so good that most teams elect to attack the Broncos through the air (also, the opposition is usually in chase mode due to playing against Peyton Manning's offense) - to date, Denver ranks 16th in the NFL averaging 237.8 net passing yards allowed per game, with 26 passing scores allowed vs. 16 interceptions (eighth in the NFL) and 38 sacks (tied for sixth) generated. Philip Rivers wasn't sacked last week (24/41 for 232 yards passing, with one TD thrown) but he was intercepted twice. Two weeks ago, Kyle Orton took four sacks for -14 yards, ending the day with 38/57 for 341 net yards, one TD and two interceptions thrown. As you can see, the Bronco's ball-hawks have been active and productive in the secondary over the last two games. Dalton and company face a dangerous matchup this week - we've seen four multiple-interceptions-thrown games from him this year, and Denver is noted for going for turnovers - at home in Paul Brown stadium we give this a neutral ranking for Dalton and company.

Recent Stats and Projections

12 at HOU 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 at TB 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 vs PIT 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
15 at CLE 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
16 vs DEN PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 0 * * *

Latest News

Bengals | Friday practice report for Week 16 (Fri Dec 19, 06:07 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals LB Emmanuel Lamur (hamstring), WR Brandon Tate (illness), T Andrew Whitworth (non-injury) and WR James Wright (knee) all did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 19. DE Carlos Dunlap (calf) and CB Dre Kirkpatrick (achilles) both were limited in practice. DE Margus Hunt (ankle), CB Terence Newman (ankle) and OG Mike Pollak (knee) all fully practiced.

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Bengals | Brandon Tate expected to be No. 3 WR (Sat Dec 6, 12:09 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR Brandon Tate is expected to be the team's No. 3 wide receiver in Week 14, because WR James Wright (knee) is listed as doubtful.

Our View: Even as the Bengals WR3, we're not expecting much from Tate. Even dynasty owners shouldn't have a lot of stock invested in Brandon Tate.
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