It seems that Brandon Tate is something of a hot button in Who Dey Nation. Some people seem to hate him and think he may not even make the roster this year. Others seem to recognize his contributions to special teams, where he was a pretty productive returner, although prone to some poor decisions.
I fall somewhere in the middle. He produced near panic attacks for me on many punt reurns last year, fielding the ball too deep or carrying it in a perilous fashion. But I also recognize that he might be a good fit opposite A.J. Green this season.
Consider this. When Tate last played a full season at wideout – in New England mind you, where he survived in a rather complex scheme – he had just 24 catches, but those went for three touchdowns and an average of 18 yards each. Anything over 15 is considered very good. Thus, Tate might be the perfect complement to A.J. Green, who will draw double coverage on many plays. Opposite Green, the Bengals receiver is likely to face single coverage, so someone who is a deep threat is ideal. Tate could be just that.
Sure, he is still an unproven commodity, and yes, he doesn’t have a tremendous track record in regard to decision making, but neither of those factors should have you neglecting Tate’s chances as the Bengals No. 2 this season.
He could be very good.
We just don’t know yet.