Auden Tate got minimal playing time last year because of injuries to the Bengals' more prominent receivers, but in order to get more he'll have to really improve this offseason. Until he lands a consistent role and does something with it, Fantasy managers shouldn't bother adding him.
Tate has impressed the coaching staff during the Bengals' mandatory minicamp, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports. Tate made just four catches for 35 yards in seven regular-season appearances during a rookie season in which he reportedly struggled to learn the playbook. However, it seems as though Tate is picking up new coach Zac Taylor's offense much quicker than he did Marvin Lewis' final year. It will be interesting to see if Tate continues to draw praise when the pads come on -- not to mention when A.J. Green (toe) and John Ross (undisclosed) return to team drills -- but it at least seems as though he's in a better spot to contribute than he was at this time a year ago.
Tate had one catch for 15 yards on three targets in Sunday's loss to the Steelers. Tate was out of favor with the Bengals' coaching staff for most of the season, but due to injuries decimating their receiving corps he was active for seven of the last eight games. The seventh-rounder finished his rookie season with four catches for 35 yards on 12 targets.
Tate will likely be active for the remainder of the Bengals' games this season, Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com reports. Following the Bengals' loss to Denver on Sunday, the team placed star wide reciever A.J. Green (toe) on injured reserve. The rookie Tate was inactive Sunday but saw seven targets in Week 12 against the Browns when he was active. With Green out for the season, Tate could assume a bigger role in the Bengals' offense.
Tate caught two passes on seven targets for 15 yards during Sunday's 35-20 loss to the Browns. The rookie wideout had the best game of his three-game career Sunday, setting career highs in both targets and receptions. With A.J. Green (toe) sidelined, quarterbacks Andy Dalton (thumb) and Jeff Driskel threw Tate's way repeatedly throughout the contest. Tate's catch rate will need to improve if he expects to put up better numbers, but perhaps Tate and Driskel will develop a stronger rapport after a full week of practice.
Tate recorded his first NFL catch Sunday against the Ravens, good for five yards. It was his only snap of the game. Oddly, Tate was on the field for the Bengals' final fourth-down play, but then came off after a Ravens timeout. That pass instead went to Cody Core, who dropped it.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/15||San Francisco 49ers||30||26.13|
|8||10/27||@Los Angeles Rams||19||22.05|
|13||12/01||New York Jets||32||27.38|
|15||12/15||New England Patriots||14||21.68|
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|3 Year Avg||12||4||35||0||2||8.75||3|