July 22, 2017

Three Pickups, Three Thoughts

Btandon Tate should give the Bengals' kick returns a boost.

The Bengals claimed three players Sunday and cut three. Here are three quick thoughts on the players they claimed:

1) Brandon Tate  – Tate should immediately become the team’s starting kick returner and may handle punt returns as well. He returned two kicks for a touchdown last season (one against the Bengals) and averaged over 15 yards per catch, the standard for a good deep threat. He’s worth keeping at the expense of Quan Cosby because he’s more explosive and a better option as a backup receiver.

2) Mike McGlynn – Since I’m not a professional scout, I don’t know much about McGlynn, but he started 16 games last season and is capable of playing both guard and center. Plus, he was claimed by a handful of other teams according to Joe Reedy, indicating he has some talent. He’s a candidate to start immediately in the wake of Bobbie Williams’ suspension.

3) Mickey Shuler – Shuler is more of  a blocking specialist who probably won’t figure much into the passing game. He’ll be a better run-blocker than Chase Coffman, which is important in the Bengals offense. He most likely will start the season ahead of Colin Cochart on the offensive depth chart.



  1. Shuler is no longer a Bengal, flunked his physical. Roster spot will be filled in the next 24-48 hours.