WR Auden Tate - Cincinnati Bengals
|6-5, 225||Born: 2-3-1997||College: Florida State||Drafted: Round 7, pick 2018|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 9): Tate suffered a knee injury in Week 14 and his status going forward is unknown.
General News (Tue Dec 10): was placed on the Reserve/Injured list with a sprained left medial collateral ligament Tuesday, Dec. 10.
General News (Mon Dec 9): was diagnosed with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee after an MRI on Monday, Dec.9, showed no structural damage, according to ESPN's Ben Baby.
Week 15: vs New England Patriots
FBG says: Bad matchup. The Bengals will once again start Andy Dalton after they seemingly have abandoned the Ryan Finley experiment. Dalton has kept the Bengals in both of the games since coming back from the benching as he played a key role in beating the Jets and lost a close game to the Browns last week. Dalton provides more stability to the Bengals making them more competitive. The Bengals did suffer a tough injury this week as Auden Tate was placed on IR and with no signs of A.J. Green coming back this season will make the options for this offense limited outside of Tyler Boyd and John Ross who returned last week but saw just 51% of the snaps. The recent struggles from the Patriots can not be blamed on their pass defense which continues to be the best in the NFL this season. This is a unit that has not allowed a 300-yard passer on the year and has allowed just two quarterbacks to top 250 yards one of which was garbage time production from Ben Roethlisberger back in Week One. This is a unit that over the last two weeks has been vulnerable to speed receivers as Mecole Hardman and Kenny Stills both have caught touchdowns in back-to-back weeks against the Patriots and a big reason for this has to do with Jason McCourty's injury. McCourty who was active played just four snaps last week and has been a limited participant this week. If he is unable to go, the Patriots could be vulnerable to John Ross on a deep play as they rely on McCourty to match up with the fastest receiver. If McCourty is unable to go, it will be J.C. Jackson who has been up and down this year in his second season in the NFL. Overall, outside of a deep throw to Ross, it will be difficult to see the Bengals consistently move the ball against this defense this week.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Auden Tate's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 14 vs CLE (4 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)
Dalton threw it behind Tate on an in-breaking route and Tate tried to dive backwards to make a highlight-reel catch but it went off of his hands and into the hands of Browns cornerback Denzel Ward, who picked it off and ran it back for a touchdown. Tate made another costly mistake on a blindside block that drew a flag. He made his lone catch on the day over the middle of the field for a 16-yard gain early in the third quarter. He tried to make a move after the catch but was dragged down by the ankle from behind. The tackle led to an MCL injury that will likely sideline him for the final three weeks of the season.
2019 Week 13 vs NYJ (7 / 4 / 66 / 0 rec)
Tate made one of the highlight-reel leaping grabs he is becoming known for, skying for a high pass for an 18-yard gain. Tate made another leaping grab against tight coverage and was able to slip the first tackler and weave his way for a 19-yard gain. Tate picked up 16 yards on 3rd-and-14, sitting down in a soft spot in the zone.
2019 Week 12 vs PIT (3 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Tate was carted off the field last week after taking a huge hit to the head and neck but was surprisingly able to return to face the Steelers. He played his normal allotment of snaps (86%). He went up high over a defender to make a fingertip grab of 10 yards on a wobbly pass from Finley. Finley went back to him again on third down and Tate drew a pass interference penalty on Joe Haden when he was grabbed trying to make a diving grab on a short out route. Tate made a spectacular sideline grab at full extension but wasn't able to get both feet down in bounds.
2019 Week 11 vs OAK (6 / 4 / 56 / 0 rec)
Tate led the team in targets, catches, and receiving yards on the day. He was targeted in the end zone early in the game and drew a holding call on cornerback Trayvon Mullen, setting up the Bengals lone offensive touchdown. He caught a 14-yard pass over the middle in traffic in the two-minute drill before halftime. Tate picked up 18 yards on a scramble drill play, working back across the field to give Finley a target after the quarterback broke the pocket. Tate made a 20-yard catch on 3rd-and-19 midway through the fourth quarter, going low to make the grab in front of the safety. He took a cheap shot hit to the head and neck area as he was going down and had to be carted off the field. He suffered a concussion and was also diagnosed with a cervical strain. Early speculation is that the injury could be season-ending.
2019 Week 10 vs BAL (6 / 3 / 36 / 0 rec)
Tate played every single snap against the Ravens. He made a nice spin move after catching a comeback route and got upfield for a gain of 15 yards. He showed his power running after the catch on an 11-yard pickup. He again caught the ball short, turned upfield, and dragged Marcus Peters for a few yards before finally being brought down. Tate was wide open for what should have been a 25-yard touchdown but pressure in the pocket caused Finley to sail the pass out of bounds. A few plays later, he again flashed his power. Taking a short pass and bulldozing through a defender to pick up 10 yards and get down to the 4-yard line.
2019 Week 8 vs LAR (13 / 5 / 65 / 0 rec)
Tate rarely left the field, playing 81 of 83 snaps on the day. Once again, he was the biggest beneficiary of garbage time. Tate was targeted 10 times in the fourth quarter. He made a spectacular grab for 27 yards on a double move down the left sideline. He was grabbed as he ran by the cornerback (drawing a flag), who had been caught flat-footed which caused the ball to be overthrown but he was still able to go get it with a diving, fingertip grab at full extension. Tate had a key drop in the end zone midway through the fourth quarter that would have brought the Bengals within one score. He had both hands on a well-place high ball in the front corner of the end zone but couldn't hold on through contact and the Bengals eventually turned it over on downs. Tate had back-to-back end zone targets in the final seconds of the game. It was initially ruled that he had caught a 9-yard touchdown but on review it was overturned because the ball moved as he hit the ground.
2019 Week 7 vs JAX (6 / 3 / 65 / 0 rec)
Tate had a quiet game with Dalton focused on Boyd and Erickson. His catches were again of the spectacular variety, however. He was double covered but Dalton still threw it up and gave him a chance to make a play on it. Tate make the leaping grab for 33 yards. He also made a pretty twisting catch along the sideline for 20 yards in the final minute of the game. He almost scored but his momentum carried him out of bounds just shy of the end zone.
2019 Week 6 vs BAL (12 / 5 / 91 / 0 rec)
Tate made a spectacular 17-yard diving grab on a post route. He was held coming out of his break but still able to get inside the defender. He dove with full extension and still needed every bit of his 6-foot, 5-inch frame and 34" arms to reach out and make the fingertips catch. Tate is showing his catch radius is as large as anyone in the league's. He made another acrobatic grab for a 17-yard gain on a back shoulder throw down the left sideline. He made a third diving grab a few plays later, pulling in a 12-yard pass on an out route that he had to extend forward to grab. The fact Tate was able to make some big plays that required high degree of difficulty acrobatics was impressive. However, he is going to have to make a living on those difficult contested catches because he doesn't have the speed or quickness to create separation against NFL cornerbacks.
2019 Week 5 vs ARI (6 / 3 / 26 / 1 rec)
It was a brutal start for Tate. On the Bengals first offensive play, he was open for what should have been an 11-yard catch but he dropped the pass when he went low to try to haul it in. Later in the opening drive, on third-and-goal from the five Tate again dropped the pass on a quick slant. He was open and might have been able to get into the end zone if he had just held on. He didn't get another chance until the second half. He made a pretty grab for 15 yards on an out route along the sideline. He was targeted in the end zone on a fade route but wasn't able to get any separation and it didn't have a chance. Tate ran a nice route on a slant to get wide open in the end zone for a 2-yard touchdown catch.
2019 Week 4 vs PIT (6 / 4 / 50 / 0 rec)
Tate was one of four Bengals tied for the team lead with six targets. He got a look in the end zone on a fade route but Joe Haden was step for step in coverage so Dalton threw it high and out of bounds. The next play, Tate caught a comeback route for a five-yard gain. He couldn't break away from Haden after the catch and was pushed out of bounds at the 5-yard line. Tate made a sliding 15-yard grab over the middle in the two-minute drill before halftime. He also made an 8-yard catch on a quick slant from the slot when the Bengals spread it out with a five-wide alignment. Tate made a 23-yard catch on a post route, pin balling off of the first tackle attempt to stay on his feet for another five yards. He also drew a pair of pass interference penalties. The first came on a 3rd-and-long. The defensive back grabbed him out of his break on an out route near the sideline. He also drew a pass interference penalty on Joe Haden on a 4th-and-9. He had Haden fooled on a double move and Haden held him instead of letting him run free for what might have been a long touchdown catch. Overall, it was another positive performance for Tate who is going to get an extended look in the starting lineup with A.J. Green's absence expected to drag out longer than expected.
2019 Week 3 vs BUF (10 / 6 / 88 / 0 rec)
Tate has fully supplanted Damion Willis in the starting lineup. He played 89% of the snaps and was second on the team in targets against Buffalo. He was able to take advantage of his opportunity, though much of his production came against prevent defense looks. Tate was open on a crossing route for what should have been a solid gain but Dalton's arm was hit as he attempted the throw. He made a 24-yard grab deep down the middle of the field in the two-minute drill before halftime, making a nice hands catch in traffic. Tate's receiving totals were inflated due to a 32-yard catch on the final play before halftime. The Bengals were too far away to try a Hail Mary and the Bills put most of their defenders near the goal line in an extreme prevent defense. Dalton tossed it to Tate, who was wide open 20 yards short of the end zone. He fumbled it trying to throw a lateral as the Bills defense was closing in around him. Tate did much of his damage on the final drive. The Bengals took over with less than two minutes left and needing a touchdown, so the Bills defense conceded short passes over the middle to make sure the Bengals couldn't get anything deep or along the sidelines. Tate caught three straight short passes over the middle for 7, 12, and 10 yards. The Bengals lost the game when Tate couldn't go up quite high enough for a Dalton pass in the final seconds and had the ball ricochet off of his hands into the arms of a Bills defender behind him.
2019 Week 2 vs SF (2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Tate played 25 snaps and ate into the playing time of Damion Willis. He had a physical run for six yards on a quick screen in the red zone. With Willis not showing out early, Tate could see a few more opportunities next week to make his case for playing time once Green returns.
Latest NewsBengals | Auden Tate done for the year (Tue Dec 10, 02:21 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR Auden Tate (knee) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list with a sprained left medial collateral ligament Tuesday, Dec. 10. Our View: The Bengals move forward with Tyler Boyd as their lead receiver. Behind him, guys like Alex Erickson and John Ross will try to make an impact. In a corresponding move, WR Damion Willis was elevated from the practice squad to replace Tate on the roster.
link to story Bengals | Auden Tate suffered MCL sprain in Week 14 (Mon Dec 9, 01:03 PM) - Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Bengals WR Auden Tate (knee) was diagnosed with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee after an MRI on Monday, Dec.9, showed no structural damage, according to ESPN's Ben Baby. Our View: It's somewhat minor but Tate might be done for 2019. Alex Erickson will get a larger role if Tate misses time. John Ross can score from anywhere on the field and could be 'what the heck' flex worthy with Tate out.
link to story Bengals | Knee injury for Auden Tate (Sun Dec 8, 03:40 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR Auden Tate (knee) suffered a knee injury during the Week 14 game and is considered doubtful to return. link to story Bengals | Auden Tate targeted seven times (Sun Dec 1, 06:23 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR Auden Tate finished with four receptions for a team-high 66 yards in Week 13 against the New York Jets on seven targets. Our View: Tate's stock should be upgraded with Andy Dalton back. He's a deep league option against Cleveland next week and should be carried in all dynasty leagues with AJ Green halfway out the door.
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