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Brandon Tate
WR #19
Height:
6-1
Weight:
195
Age:
26
College:
North Carolina
Hometown:
Burlington, NC
Experience:
6

Quick Stats (2014):

REC
5
YDS
69
AVG
13.8
TDS
0
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesReceivingRushingFumbles
GGSRecYdsAvgLongTDAttYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
TOTAL 43 718 16.7 65 4 7 73 10.4 22 0 10 3
2014 CIN 2 0 5 69 13.8 50 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
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 @BAL W 23-16 4 19 4.8 7 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2 ATL W 24-10 1 50 50 50 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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Bio

      A sixth-year NFL player for 2014, Tate has contributed in various roles for the Bengals, primarily as a kickoff and punt returner ... A key waiver pickup from New England just before start of 2011 regular season, Tate ranks first in Bengals history in career kickoff return average (24.83) and second in career punt return average (9.87) ... Ranked sixth in 2013 in AFC in kickoff returns (26.1) and in punt returns (9.3) ... His ’13 kickoff return average ranks second in Bengals history, behind 27.1 by Tremain Mack in 1999 ... His 29-yard punt return in OT at Buffalo put offense in range for game-winning FG ... In ’11, set franchise record for combined kickoff and punt returns in a season (93), as well as for total punt return yards (543) and most punt returns (51) ... Earned an AFC Special Teams Player of the Week in ’11 ... Returned two kickoffs for TDs for Patriots in ’10.
   A sixth-year NFL player for 2014, Tate has contributed in various roles for the Bengals, primarily as a kickoff and punt returner ... A key waiver pickup from New England just before start of 2011 regular season, Tate ranks first in Bengals history in career kickoff return average (24.83) and second in career punt return average (9.87) ... Ranked sixth in 2013 in AFC in kickoff returns (26.1) and in punt returns (9.3) ... His ’13 kickoff return average ranks second in Bengals history, behind 27.1 by Tremain Mack in 1999 ... His 29-yard punt return in OT at Buffalo put offense in range for game-winning FG ... In ’11, set franchise record for combined kickoff and punt returns in a season (93), as well as for total punt return yards (543) and most punt returns (51) ... Earned an AFC Special Teams Player of the Week in ’11 ... Returned two kickoffs for TDs for Patriots in ’10.

    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.

    2013 highlights: Played in every game ... Saw brief action on offense and had one catch for six yards ... Averaged 26.1 yards on 35 kickoff returns and 9.3 yards on 36 punt returns ... In overtime on Oct. 13 at Buffalo, set up offense at Bills 33 with a 29-yard punt return, and three plays later, Mike Nugent kicked game-winning 43-yard FG ... On Oct. 27 vs. N.Y. Jets, his 71-yard kickoff return to Jets 29 set up a TD for 28-6 halftime lead ...On Dec. 8 vs. Indianapolis, his 18.3 average on four punt returns included a team season-long 43-yarder ... On Dec. 22 vs. Minnesota, averaged 13.5 yards on two punt returns ... Averaged 25.6 yards on five kickoff returns in Wild Card playoff on 1-5-14 vs. San Diego.

    Previous seasons: 2009—Limited by injuries to two games for New England ... Played his first game Oct. 25 against Tampa Bay ... Tampa Bay game was in England at London’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 kickoff returns, 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 ... Was first Patriot since 2002 to return two kickoffs for TDs in a season ... Had three catches for 103 yards 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 ... Started Divisional playoff game 1-16-11 vs. N.Y. Jets (no catches), logging 21.6-yard average on five KORs. 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 kickoff returns ... His 51 punt returns broke Bengals season record of 43, set in 1993 by Patrick Robinson ... Named AFC Special teams Player of the Week for performance Oct. 30 at Seattle, when his 186 total return yards included 56-yard punt return for TD ... Averaged 35.5 yards on two punt returns Dec. 18 at St. Louis, including 56-yarder in third quarter that 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 punt returns and 24.8 yards on 32 kickoff returns ... 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 punt return 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.

    College: Left North Carolina with NCAA record for combined career punt and kickoff return yards (3523), despite missing final seven games of 2008 senior season ... Set Atlantic Coast Conference records for both career kickoff returns (109) and career kickoff return 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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