WR Brandon Tate - Free Agent

5-10, 183Born: 10-5-1987College: North CarolinaDrafted: Round 3, pick 2009

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2017 Week 5 vs CIN (4 / 2 / 25 / 1 rec)

Brandon Tate was targeted four times and finished with two catches and 25 yards. One of his catches was a touchdown on a seam route from the slot. Tate extended for a high throw and dragged both feet to secure the catch. Tate also served as the team's punt returner.

2016 Week 7 vs MIA (2 / 2 / 31 / 0 rec)

Brandon Tate is another bit WR that has an opportunity with all of the injuries ahead of him. He did make a decent play in catching a Taylor bullet deep in the redzone.

2016 Week 8 vs NE (3 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec, 1 / 14 / 0 rush)

Brandon Tate had a trick play carry and dropped a great Taylor pass on 3rd down before getting hurt while catching a Taylor bullet. He was knocked out of the game and is another casualty of the Bills' injury curse.

2016 Week 11 vs CIN (3 / 2 / 48 / 0 rec)

Ex-Bengal Brandon Tate, who is primarily plays on special teams, was Buffalo's leading receiver. This fact shows you the state of Buffalo's passing attack, but none the less, Tate made two great catches for big yardage. Right before the two-minute warning in the first half, Taylor hit Tate on a comeback route for a 14-yard gain. Tate did a nice job of breaking off his route to work back to the ball. In the third quarter, Taylor went back to Tate on a nice timing route for a 34-yard gain on a catch and run. On the connection, Taylor did a nice job of stepping up in the pocket and allowing Tate to clear the linebacker before finding a soft spot in the zone. Tate picked up the yardage after the catch by showing above average open field speed.

2016 Week 12 vs JAX (1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Brandon Tate's one target of the game came off a screen pass over the defenders' heads. In a game with few passing attempts, Tate did nothing in particular.

2016 Week 13 vs OAK (1 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)

Brandon Tate continues to not be a factor in the passing game. He did catch a crossing route during the Bills' second drive of the game but only had one more target (a bobbled incompletion that was canceled out by a defensive penalty). Even when the Bills need to air it out, Tate is not involved. His main worth is as the Bills' kick returner.

2016 Week 15 vs CLE (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 30 / 0 rush)

Brandon Tate's one relevant play of the day was a pitch from a direct-snap RB on an end-around. He got to the edge and sped up the field for a great 30 yards. It was a nice play to get the return-specialist in space.

2015 Week 4 vs KC (1 / 1 / 55 / 1 rec)

We don't normally see a lot from Brandon Tate outside of special teams in this offense but in Week 4 he made a big play for the Bengals. In the second half on third down, his amazing 55-yard reception had him lying out completely and when he was untouched by a Chiefs defender had the awareness to get up and dive for the end zone. Brandon Tate is not a fantasy starter by any means but this was Dalton's only touchdown throw of the night.

2014 Week 1 vs BAL (6 / 4 / 19 / 0 rec)

Tate also caught 4 passes, but was completely uneffective running after the catch. Dalton only had one throw that could have been intercepted and it was a deep throw to Tate in the endzone. Tate jumped for it, but made a very poor challenge for the ball as Jimmy Smith knocked it away. Tate is proven to be a very marginal wide receiver. The fact that he garnered 5-6 targets proves two things: First, the Bengals want to spread the ball around and be unpredictable. Second, they are really hurting with the loss of Eifert and Jones, as Tate just isn't a very good receiver.

2014 Week 2 vs ATL (3 / 1 / 50 / 0 rec)

Tate made a great catch of a deep pass by Mohamed Sanu. Tate has speed and showed it on that play, cleanly catching the ball over the shoulder for a huge gain. But aside from that play, Tate didn't do much. Dalton gave him one jump-ball in the endzone, but that was ill-advised and could have been intercepted, as Tate just isn't a jump ball guy.

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.

2014 Week 8 vs BAL (2 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec)

Tate had 2 passes in the 3rd quarter, one on a 13 yard sideline route, and the other on a 17 yard intermediate throw in the middle of the field. Tate remains a poor 3rd option, and is much more suited to a strictly backup role, as he just can't get open enough against NFL defenses to be a consistent threat.

2014 Week 9 vs JAX (1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

Tate had one catch for 10 yards. He made a nice move to get free and haul in a pass for a first down. No matter what happens with the receivers in front of him or around him, Tate isn't going to be a fantasy factor.

2012 Week 2 vs CLE (3 / 3 / 71 / 1 rec)

Tate's 44 yard touchdown was probably the easiest of the three catches he made on the day. He simply outran the Browns defensive back and then caught a perfectly thrown ball from Dalton. What was more impressive was earlier in the quarter when he caught a short hitch and then juked the defender to get up the field for an additional 15 yards.

2012 Week 6 vs CLE (1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)

Tate's only reception on the day was a well caught pass down the left sideline. Tate was covered well by the defender but he turned his head and adjusted to the football before the defender could break the play up. Tate was beaten to his spot by Sheldon Brown on a slant route that was intercepted and returned to for a touchdown. Tate didn't fight for the ball.

2012 Week 9 vs DEN (6 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)

Tate mainly squandered his opportunities in the passing game against Denver. His other targets were inaccurate deliveries by Dalton. Tate threw in a 43-yard kickoff return, but his offensive contribution was limited. Three of Tate's targets were nearly intercepted, two of which were late throws by Dalton. Tate and Dalton finally connected on a deep comeback route later in the game. Unfortunately, that catch setup a missed field goal shortly thereafter.

2012 Week 11 vs KC (2 / 1 / 24 / 0 rec)

Tate only had one catch but it was an outstanding grab. He caught the 24 yard pass diving out of bounds between two defenders. It took excellent concentration to not only make the catch but get two feet in amidst those bodies.

2012 Week 12 vs OAK (1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Tate's lone offensive involvement was a short hitch route. He made the clean catch with no yards after the catch.

2012 Week 16 vs PIT (1 / 1 / 23 / 0 rec)

Tate caught a shovel pass on second and 15 for 23 yards as he broke down the field using his blocking. He initially broke a tackle attempt from Ryan Clark in the hole.

2012 Week 17 vs BAL (5 / 3 / 53 / 0 rec)

Tate was thrown to on deep routes three different times by Gradkowski, but the only one he was able to catch was the last. Tate beat his man off the line of scrimmage and used his top-end speed to get far downfield. Gradkowski threw as far as he could and the ball arrived a little short, forcing Tate to slow down and catch the ball for a 44 yard gain. Had Gradkowski been able to hit Tate in stride, the receiver had enough speed and space to run for a touchdown. Tate also caught a quick hook for a short gain, as well as a wide receiver screen for a minimal gain.

2010 Week 1 vs CIN (5 / 4 / 36 / 0 rec)

Do the Patriots finally have a third receiver that Brady can use? Last season, Brady had Moss and Welker, and little else, as Tate missed the season with an injury. But if week 1 is any indication, Brandon Tate will give Brady that third option in the receiving corps. On one reception in the 2nd quarter, Tate showed his speed by taking a Brady dump-off pass and racing past the defenders for a 20 yard gain. Then he REALLY showed his speed in the 3rd quarter, by taking the opening kick of the half, hopping past a defender and streaking ahead for 97 yards. I don't foresee Tate becoming a reliable play in 2010, as there are just too many options for Brady, but he will make some big plays for the Pats, and should definitely be rostered in any dynasty leagues that have the roster space available.

2010 Week 2 vs NYJ (1 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)

Tate was a non-factor for most of the game until late in the fourth quarter when he caught his one pass for a 17 yard first down.

2010 Week 3 vs BUF (3 / 2 / 43 / 0 rec, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)

Tate fumbled the ball on his very first catch of the game giving the Bills defense their first takeaway of the season. He also had one carry on an end around but the play never developed and resulted in a minimal gain. Tate did have a remarkable diving catch late in the 2nd half to remind the fans of his potential.

2010 Week 4 vs MIA (5 / 4 / 39 / 0 rec)

At the half, it was Brandon Tate and not Moss or Welker who led the team in receptions. And it was Tate who changed the momentum of this game. Tate, who took an opening half kickoff return to the house against Cincinnati in week one, had an encore performance to start the 2nd half of this game when he broke a 103 yard return for a score to put NE ahead. Tate continues to make impact plays for this team on special teams and as the 3rd WR.

2010 Week 6 vs BAL (4 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 22 / 0 rush)

Tate's first touch was a reverse that resulted in a 22 yard gain to the 2 yard line that was sprung by a nice block by Deion Branch and resulted in the Patriots first score, a BenJarvus Green-Ellis TD. Some were curious what Tate's role in the offense would be without Randy Moss, but the addition of Deion Branch looks to eat into Tate's opportunities significantly.

2010 Week 7 vs SD (3 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

Tate is a forgotten man in the offense. He had one ball thrown to him in the end zone, a diving attempt that he couldn't hang on to as he tried keeping his feet inbounds. It would have been a spectacular catch had he been able to hang on.

2010 Week 8 vs MIN (4 / 3 / 101 / 1 rec)

Tate had one fluke catch on a ball that should have been intercepted, but his heady idea to sprint downfield when Tom Brady was under pressure resulted in the biggest play of the game, a 65-yard TD. This is going to be typical for Tate, all or nothing as the Patriots seldomly targeted deep threat. He has marginal value but is a good "hail mary" play in any given week.

2010 Week 9 vs CLE (4 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)

Tate is proving that he cannot be the deep threat that the Patriots need in their passing game. Tate is proving he cannot even consistently win one on one match ups vs. CB's and Brady knows this. As a result, Tate got little separation from DB's and was not targeted often in the reads for Brady. He had a crucial drop over the middle late in the game that could have extended the drive and will do nothing to give Brady confidence in his wide receiver.

2010 Week 10 vs PIT (4 / 2 / 50 / 0 rec)

Tate was the guy pegged to be the deep threat after the departure of Moss. While he is the Patriots' best chance to go deep, he's far from a consistent threat to do so. He caught two balls for 50 yards with a 45 yard strike, but he's clearly overshadowed by the many other weapons in this offense. With his accuracy being at such a high level, Brady is fine with throwing short-to-intermediate routes and gaining consistent yardage. Tate will be the home-run threat that the team looks deep to two-to-three times per game, but he's simply a "keep the defense honest" option for this team.

2010 Week 12 vs DET (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 17 / 0 rush)

Brandon Tate had two targets including one deep from Tom Brady but he and Brady could not get on the same page against the Lions. Tate did contribute later in the game with a 17-yard end around in the fourth quarter to set up Wes Welker's second touchdown of the game. Tate is not seeing enough targets as a receiver, rather getting more work as a kick returner than on offense. Welker and Deion Branch look to be far better receiver options in New England.

2010 Week 13 vs NYJ (1 / 1 / 4 / 1 rec, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)

Tate had rather simple catch in the endzone for a touchdown in which Brady bought a lot of time for him. Despite this, it was almost ruled incomplete. Tate did nothing in this offense as Brady continues to favour Branch and Welker in his receivers.

2010 Week 14 vs CHI (3 / 2 / 40 / 0 rec)

Tate had a relatively quiet day, making his big play at the end of the game when Brady hit him on a deep 28 yard route on the left sideline, on Brady's final pass attempt of the game.

2010 Week 15 vs GB (3 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Tate caught a ball in traffic for 5 yards but was held silent all night by a combination of the Packers defense and the Patriots lack of ball possession time.

2010 Week 16 vs BUF (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 12 / 0 rush)

Was used one time on an end around. It's amazing that Branch has stayed healthy all year because Tate's value in dynasty behind both Welker and Branch, and the TEs plus RBs as far as options in this offense has really taken a blow right now.

2010 Week 17 vs MIA (3 / 2 / 82 / 1 rec)

He is completing his 2nd season and while he didn't have a ton of highlights in 2010, he certainly showcased himself this past weekend. He caught two balls in the 40+ yard range turning one of them into a touchdown. It would seem with all the dink and dunk, short completions and quick hook routes that Tate would be able to stretch the field with ease and get open. In fact perhaps he can but New England enjoys controlling the clock and eating up lots of time on offense. Tate looks to have a bright future if the Patriots start opening up the playbook more in the deep passing game.

2009 Week 7 vs TB (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 11 / 0 rush)

Tate was only targeted once, on a fly route that could have been a score had the ball not been underthrown. He also ran a reverse for an eleven yard pickup.

2009 Week 9 vs MIA (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Rookie Brandon Tate had just one target on a sideline route early in the second quarter. While he has not fantasy value right now, it is noteworthy that he suited up as the Patriots' WR4 as any wideout for Tom Brady may have value at some point.