With the selection of Tee Higgins by the Bengals in the second round of the NFL Draft on Friday, Tate (knee) could begin the season as low as fifth on the depth chart. Tate first has to show that he can play at game speed, though it's a good sign that he's been medically cleared to resume football activities after his season ended with an MCL sprain Dec. 8. But he has to compete with the likes of A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd, Higgins and John Ross just to get on the field.
Tate (knee) received medical clearance to resume all football activities, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports. Tate was placed on injured reserve after suffering a sprained MCL on Dec. 8, finishing 2019 with 40 receptions for 575 yards (14.4 per reception, 7.2 per target) and one touchdown in 12 games (10 starts). Tate's 50 percent catch rate tied for 192nd among 199 qualified pass catchers, but he had no shortage of highlight-reel receptions and also tied for fourth in the league with seven pass interference penalties drawn. With Tyler Boyd on a long-term contract and A.J. Green likely to be re-signed or franchise tagged, the Bengals may have Tate and John Ross competing for one starting job in 2020. The team is expected to use the No. 1 overall pick on QB Joe Burrow, while Andy Dalton figures to be traded or cut.
Tate (knee) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Tyler Dragon of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. He suffered an MCL sprain in his left knee this past Sunday in Cleveland. With just three games remaining on the schedule, the Bengals' hand likely was forced, and Tate's modest breakout campaign has thus come to a close. He'll end it having caught 40 of 80 targets for 575 yards and one TD in 12 contests.
Tate was diagnosed with a sprained MCL in his left knee following his early exit in Sunday's 27-19 loss to the Browns, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports. Tate nabbed only one of his four targets for a 16-yard gain before the injury spelled an end to his afternoon. The Bengals haven't commented on Tate's availability for the Week 15 matchup with the Patriots, but given that injuries of this nature often require multi-week recovery timelines, he appears unlikely to play. If both Tate and A.J. Green (ankle) are sidelined versus the Patriots, Alex Erickson likely would claim a regular spot alongside Tyler Boyd and John Ross in three-wide sets.
Tate was forced out of Sunday's game against the Browns with a knee injury. Tate caught one of his four targets for 16 yards prior to his exit from Sunday's contest. Now heading the Bengals' Week 14 wideout corps are Tyler Boyd, Alex Erickson and John Ross.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/13||Los Angeles Chargers||3||16.13|
|12||11/29||New York Giants||29||26.00|
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|3 Year Avg||46||22||305||0||16||13.86||30|