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Brandon Tate
WR #19
Height:
6-1
Weight:
195
Age:
28
College:
North Carolina
Hometown:
Burlington, NC
Experience:
8
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesReceivingRushingFumbles
GGSRecYdsAvgLongTDAttYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
TOTAL 57 901 15.8 65 6 10 94 9.4 22 0 13 4
2015 CIN 16 0 2 59 29.5 55T 1 -- -- -- -- -- 1 0
2014 CIN 16 4 17 193 11.4 50 1 3 21 7 12 0 2 1
2013 CIN 16 0 1 6 6 6 0 -- -- -- -- -- 2 0
2012 CIN 16 3 13 211 16.2 44T 1 1 0 -- 0 0 4 1
2011 CIN 16 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 3 1
2010 NE 16 10 24 432 18 65T 3 5 62 12.4 22 0 1 1
2009 NE 2 1 0 0 -- -- 0 1 11 11 11 0 -- --
Recent Games
WKOppResultReceivingRushingFumbles
RecYdsAvgLngTDAttYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
1 @OAK W 33-13 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2 SD W 24-19 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 @BAL W 28-24 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
4 KC W 36-21 1 55 55 55 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
5 SEA W 27-24 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
6 @BUF W 34-21 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
8 @PIT W 16-10 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
9 CLE W 31-10 1 4 4 4 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
10 HOU L 6-10 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 1 0
11 @ARI L 31-34 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
12 STL W 31-7 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
13 @CLE W 37-3 0 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
14 PIT L 20-33 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
15 @SF W 24-14 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
16 @DEN L 17-20 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
17 BAL W 24-16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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Bio

      A seventh-year NFL player in 2015, Tate has contributed in various roles for Bengals, primarily as kickoff and punt returner, but also on offense ... Has moved into Bengals all-time leads for punt returns (149) and PR yards (1403) ... Provides great ball security as punt returner and has 9.2-yard career average ... Has played all 16 games in each of last six seasons (one with New England, five with Cincinnati) and has active streak of 102 consecutive NFL games played (including postseason).

      A seventh-year NFL player in 2015, Tate has contributed in various roles for Bengals, primarily as kickoff and punt returner, but also on offense ... Has moved into Bengals all-time leads for punt returns (149) and PR yards (1403) ... Provides great ball security as punt returner and has 9.2-yard career average ... Has played all 16 games in each of last six seasons (one with New England, five with Cincinnati) and has active streak of 102 consecutive NFL games played (including postseason).

     Career transactions: Selected by New England in third round of 2009 NFL Draft (83rd overall) ... Signed with Patriots on 7-23-09 ... Waived by Patriots on 9-3-11 ... Acquired on waivers by Cincinnati on 9-4-11 ... Re-signed with Bengals as unrestricted free agent on 3-25-13 ... Re-signed with Bengals on 3-11-14 ... Re-signed with Bengals as unrestricted free agent on 4-1-15 ... Re-signed with Bengals on 3-4-16.

     Tate takes over: With 27 punt returns for 171 yards in 2015, Tate moved ahead of Mike Martin into Bengals all-time leads for PRs (153) and PR yards (1411). Martin (played 1983-89) had held the records at 140 returns and 1381 yards entering the season. Tate has averaged 9.2 yards per return.

     More 2015 highlights: Played in Games 1-16 and in Wild Card playoff ... Logged two receptions for 59 yards, including a 55-yard TD, 21 punt returns for 8.0 average and 15 KORs for 22.5 average ... On Sept. 20 vs. San Diego, his 17-yard PR to Chargers 38 set up a TD drive for a 24-13 lead ... On Oct. 4 vs. Kansas City, made stellar 55-yard TD catch, with leaping grab near five-yard line and scramble into end zone after falling untouched to the turf ... Also vs. Kansas City, downed a punt at Chiefs one-yard line ... One catch for four yards Nov. 5 vs. Cleveland ... Had a 58-yard KOR, longest by Bengals of the season, on Nov. 22 at Arizona, helping set up TD drive in fourth quarter.

     Previous seasons: 2009—Third-round Patriots draft pick was limited by injuries to two games ... Played his first game Oct. 25 against Tampa Bay, at London, England’s Wembley Stadium, and he had an 11-yard rush plus two KOR for 22.0 average ... Placed on Reserve/Injured list Nov. 14. 2010—Led New England with 18.0-yard reception average, catching 24 for 432 yards and three TDs ... Third in AFC and sixth in NFL in KORs, with 25.8-yard average on 41 attempts ... Returned second-half kickoff 97 yards for TD Sept. 12 vs. Bengals ... Returned second-half kickoff 103 yards for TD Oct. 4 at Miami, second-longest KOR in Patriots history ... Had three catches for 101 yards (career yardage high) on Oct. 31 vs. Minnesota, including 65-yard TD that was Patriots’ longest scrimmage play of season ... Two TD receptions in regular-season finale 1-2-11 vs. Miami, for 40 and 42 yards. 2011—Played in all 16 Bengals games, plus Wild Card playoff ... Saw action primarily on special teams, averaging 10.6 yards on 51 punt returns (eighth in AFC), with one TD, and 23.8 yards (seventh in AFC) on 42 KORs ... Named AFC Special teams Player of the Week for performance Oct. 30 at Seattle, when his 186 total return yards included 56-yard PR for TD ... On Dec. 18 at St. Louis, his 56-yard PR in third quarter set up a Cincinnati TD for a 13-6 lead. 2012—Played in every Bengals game, logging 13 catches for 211 yards and one TD ... Also played in Wild Card playoff ... His 16.2-yard per-catch average led the team ... Averaged 8.9 yards on 21 PRs and 24.8 yards on 32 KORs ... Three-for-71 receiving in win Sept. 16 vs. Cleveland, including a 44-yard TD in third quarter ... On Oct. 14 at Cleveland, had 32-yard PR that set up a TD ... In playoff-clinching win on Dec. 23 at Pittsburgh, had a 23-yard gain to the Pittsburgh 24-yard line on a shovel pass in the second quarter, setting up a Cincinnati FG. 2013—Played in every game ... Saw brief action on offense and had one catch for six yards ... Averaged 26.1 yards on 35 KORs and 9.3 yards on 36 PRs ... In overtime on Oct. 13 at Buffalo, set up offense at Bills 33 with a 29-yard PR, and three plays later, Mike Nugent kicked game-winning 43-yard FG ... On Oct. 27 vs. N.Y. Jets, his 71-yard KOR to Jets 29 set up a TD ... Averaged 25.6 yards on five KORs in Wild Card playoff on 1-5-14 vs. San Diego. 2014—Played in Games 1-16, and in Wild Card playoff ... Caught 17-for-193 with a TD, and also had three rushes for 21 yards ... Averaged 22.1 yards on 18 KORs and 9.7 yards on 18 PRs ... Started Games 5-7 at WR in place of injured A.J. Green ... One catch for 50 yards, on pass from WR Mohamed Sanu, on Sept. 14 vs. Atlanta ... Started at WR and caught four-for-38 with a five-yard TD on Oct. 12 vs. Carolina, and had one rush for nine yards ... On Dec. 14 at Cleveland, his 30-yard PR in second quarter set up a 36-yard TD drive ... In playoff-clinching win Dec. 22 vs. Denver, his 49-yard PR to Broncos 22 in fourth quarter set up FG that put Bengals ahead to stay at 30-28.

     College: Left North Carolina with NCAA record for combined career punt and KOR yards (3523), despite missing final seven games of 2008 senior season ... Set Atlantic Coast Conference records for both career KORs (109) and career KOR yards (2688) ... In 2006 vs. Duke, became ninth player in NCAA history to return a kickoff and a punt for TDs in same game.

     Personal: Hometown is Burlington, N.C. ... Attended Cummings High School, where he was a three-year starter in both football and basketball ... Helped lead prep basketball team to a state title as a junior, playing guard ... Communications major at North Carolina.

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