The Bengals placed Tate on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.
Tate's placement on the list indicates that he's either tested positive for COVID-19 or has been in close contact with an infected person. Due to the timing of his placement on the list, Tate appears unlikely to be available for Sunday's game against the Giants. Tate has been serving as the Bengals' No. 4 receiver this season, recording 14 receptions for 150 yards on 20 targets over his eight appearances.
Tate had one catch for five yards on two targets in Sunday's loss to Washington.
Tate was on the field for 21 offensive snaps, good for a 31 percent share, but with the second half becoming a total loss after Joe Burrow's injury, there was little chance for Tate to impact the game.
Tate played only 12 snaps in Sunday's loss to the Steelers, catching two passes for 24 yards on four targets.
Tate's limited chances are a bit of a surprise, given that he had 33 snaps in the win prior to the bye week, and that the Bengals were trailing throughout this game. At least for this game, he clearly was fourth in line behind Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins and A.J. Green. Green didn't do much at all with his snaps, however, so perhaps later in the season the Bengals might just turn their attention to Tate more as part of their future.
Tate caught all seven targets for 65 yards during Sunday's win over the Titans, and offensive coordinator Brian Callahan said Monday the wideout "has a role that needs to expand and we'll expand it," Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.
The 23-year-old played only six offensive snaps last week and had seven targets all season entering Sunday's contest, but he led the team in receptions and tied for second in looks on the day. Tate ended up playing 45 percent of the offensive snaps against the Titans, though he remains clearly behind Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins and A.J. Green on the depth chart (all played at least 75 percent). Tate's fantasy prospects remain limited as the No. 4 wide receiver, but any injuries ahead of him could allow him to be a more viable option.
Tate had no catches on just one target while playing just six snaps in Sunday's loss to the Browns.
Tate was battling a shoulder injury and had to miss the Week 6 loss to the Colts, and perhaps because of that Mike Thomas has surpassed him.
Tate (shoulder) was a full participant for Thursday's practice, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.
Tate was limited to start the week during the first practice session after he was sidelined for last week's loss to the Colts. Now that the Florida State product is officially healthy, he likely won't make a difference from a fantasy perpective as he's buried on the receiver depth chart behind A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins and Mike Thomas.
Tate (shoulder) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.
Tate logged two limited sessions to cap off last week's set of practices, but he was ultimately ruled out for Sunday's loss to the Colts. It's encouraging that he's on the field to begin the week ahead of this Sunday's matchup against the Browns. Even if he returns to action, he's buried on the depth chart with A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins commanding most of the reps in three-wide sets.
Tate (shoulder) is active Week 6 against the Colts, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.
With Tate sidelined for the first time this season due to injury, the door is open for John Ross to return to the active roster. Tate will look to work toward regaining his role Week 7 against Cleveland.
Tate (shoulder) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game in Indianapolis, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.
Tate looks like he's trending toward missing his first game of the season due to injury, though he was also a healthy scratch Week 2. The third-year wideout has seen more than one target in only a single game this season, so if he misses Sunday's game against the Colts, it likely won't have a major impact on Cincinnati's offensive gameplan.
Tate (shoulder) didn't participate in Wednesday's practice, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.
The third-year receiver popped up on the injury report for the first time this season, but according to Ben Baby of ESPN.com, Tate was present on the field Wednesday. That likely means that he practiced but didn't do enough to be listed as a limited participant. Tate has two more practices to elevate his participation to have a chance at playing against the Colts on Sunday.
Tate had one catch for 12 yards in the Bengals' loss to the Ravens in Week 5.
Tate's usage was limited despite A.J. Green's hamstring injury, as Joe Burrow often didn't have time to go through his progressions and locked in on Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins and Joe Mixon. If Green has to miss Week 6's game against the Colts, Tate could be bigger part of the game plan.
Tate had one catch on one target for 15 yards in the Bengals' win over the Jaguars on Sunday.
Tate's lone target came in the first quarter, and he was on the field for just 22 snaps Sunday. Tate's involvement clearly diminished with the Bengals protecting a lead in the second half, leading to them running the ball frequently.
Tate had two catches for 29 yards on four targets in the Week 3 tie against the Eagles.
Tate was a healthy scratch against the Browns in Week 2, but at least he was back out there, with John Ross instead getting scratched. Both have been passed by rookie Tee Higgins, who has already starting clicking with fellow rookie Joe Burrow. At least Tate received two red zone targets.
Tate will take the field for the Week 3 matchup against Philadelphia, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.
Tate saw 15 snaps in the season opener, but was a healthy scratch Week 2 against Cincinnati. The door is open to seeing the field a bit more this week, however, as John Ross will be a healthy scratch for the contest. Even with Ross out, A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd are expected to carry most of the weight in the passing game, with Tee Higgins also in line to see the start (per Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site).
Tate will be a healthy scratch for Thursday's game against Cincinnati, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.
Tate only suited up in 22 percent of offensive snaps without a single target in Week 1's loss to the Chargers, so this news may not be surprising. The 2018 seventh-round pick was expected to assume a consistent role in the offense this season, however, it appears Mike Thomas has stepped up into the No. 4 role. With Tate sidelined, Tee Higgins, Alex Erickson and Mike Thomas will handle depth receiving duties Thursday.
Tate fielded 22 percent of the offensive snaps but he did not receive a single target during Sunday's 16-13 loss to the Chargers.
The 2018 seventh-round draft choice seemed primed for a consistent role coming into the new season, but it was instead Mike Thomas who stepped up as the No. 4 option at receiver behind A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd, and John Ross. Even with a promising training camp from Tate this summer, his fantasy impact in 2020 may be sporadic given how many mouths there are to feed within the Bengals' passing attack. During Week 2, Tate will remain a depth option at receiver as Cincinnati takes on a Browns defense that surrendered three passing touchdowns to the Ravens in its season debut.
Tate is the "early frontrunner for offensive MVP" at Bengals training camp, according to Ben Baby of ESPN.com.
With A.J. Green and Tee Higgins sidelined by hamstring injuries and John Ross spending time on the reserve/COVID-19 list, it's been Tate and Tyler Boyd getting regular reps with the first-team offense. Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic reports that Tate had a 3rd-and-14 conversion and a touchdown reception during Joe Burrow's first drive of camp last week, quickly developing a connection with the rookie QB. It still isn't clear if the excellent August showing will translate to regular snaps in September, considering Higgins and Ross recently returned to practice and may soon be joined by Green. If everyone is healthy -- a big 'if' in this case -- the Bengals have a logjam at wide receiver.
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.
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