Tate was released by the Saints on Tuesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Tate re-signed with the Saints last week and played four special teams snaps Sunday, but did not see the field on offense. The veteran receiver will hope to latch on elsewhere and has 71 receptions for 1,099 yards over his 10-year career.
Tate agreed to re-sign with the Saints on Tuesday, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Tate re-joins New Orleans about a month after being waived by the Saints. He'll likely be used on special teams but could also provide depth at the receiver position. The 10-year veteran has 71 receptions in his career.
Tate was waived by the Saints on Friday, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Tate was competing for a depth receiver role with the Saints, but his best chance to make the roster was as a kick and punt returner. He ended up losing out in his bid for a roster spot, and he'll now become a free agent if he clears waivers.
The Saints signed Tate to a contract Tuesday, Nick Underhill of The Baton Rouge Advocate reports.
After stints in New England, Cincinnati and Buffalo, Tate will need to turn some heads during training camp if he hopes to land on New Orleans' final roster. The Saints now have 13 healthy receivers on their roster, so the veteran pass catcher will have his work cut out for him.
Tate finished the 2017 campaign with a 19.6-yard average on 28 kickoff returns and a 9.7-yard average on 20 punt returns. He also caught six passes for 81 yards and a touchdown while occasionally chipping in on offense.
The punt return average put Tate sixth in the NFL, but the kickoff return work was lacking and his worst per-return average in his lengthy NFL career. The latter ranked him last among the 12 NFL players with enough attempts to qualify on the league's special teams leaderboard. Tate, who's been in the league since 2009, is now an unrestricted free agent and there's talk the Bills will let him go and look for something a little more youthful with more upside in the return game. The receiver-needy Bills could also use someone that fills the spot as a return specialist while also offering a better potential than Tate for offensive duty.
Tate is inactive for Thursday's game against the Jets.
It looks like some combination of Jordan Matthews, Micah Hyde, Taiwan Jones and Deonte Thompson will serve as the primary return men Thursday. Tate is one of the league's better returners, but he doesn't offer much in the receiving game even though he made a big play last week against the Raiders. Coach Sean McDermott must have a different strategy set for this week, while Tate's outlook may not get much better once the Bills start suiting up newcomer Kelvin Benjamin in Week 10. Tate's best hope might be if his special teams replacements simply botch the job.
Tate caught two of four targets for 25 yards in Sunday's 20-16 loss to the Bengals, while also putting up 58 return yards on two punt returns and a kickoff return.
Tate was needed in the receiving game due to the injury to Jordan Matthews, and while his 34 snaps (49 percent) were just the third most on the team, there's value to be had if you have a unique scoring system that values return yards, as he's one of the league's better return guys. As for his role in the offense, Tate only has seven receiving touchdowns over 116 NFL games, so keep your expectations in check on that side of the equation.
Tate is a healthy inactive for Sunday's game in Atlanta, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
This seems strange to us since Tate is one of the league's better return men, but the Bills can also use Kaelin Clay on returns and Clay is probably a better receiver. The Bills have no stars and could use some depth in the passing game, so apparently Clay is the choice between those two for this week. In any matter, find another returner for Week 4 if your league uses those.
Tate was a healthy inactive for Sunday's loss at Carolina.
The Bills chose to use Kaelin Clay in the returner role, possibly because Clay came over from the Panthers and coach Sean McDermott thought he'd have better knowledge of how to bust one against his former team. In reality, this was kind of a strange decision, as Tate is one of the league's better return men and has performed well in his 16 games with the Bills. Since Clay didn't do much in the game besides mishandling a punt, we'd expect Tate to be handling the return duties again in short order.
Tate, who suffered a minor calf injury last weekend, has returned to training camp practices.
The Bills have some decent returners in camp between the experienced Tate, Rashad Ross and the recently signed Taiwan Jones. Tate is the best skilled of the group, however, and seems to have a good shot at landing the final receiver spot based on his special teams prowess.
Tate suffered a calf injury during Saturday's training camp practice and is considered day-to-day, Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com reports.
The Bills have a logjam of receivers trying to win jobs below the 3-4 locks to make the team, while Tate -- assuming this is only a minor injury -- seems like one of the better bets based on his excellent return skills. Tate is expected to be re-evaluated ahead of Sunday's session.
Tate re-signed with the Bills on Monday, ESPN's Mike Rodak reports.
The Bills have brought in a whole host of depth wideouts over the last week, but Tate has better special teams skills than all of them, which will likely be his ticket to making the final roster. Tate had the NFL's sixth-best kickoff return average among qualifiers in 2016 with 22.83 yards per return and was fifth best in punt returns at 11.58, so it's not hard to figure out where his value lies. Even with a new coaching staff in town, the team didn't want to let him get away.
Tate, who ranked in the top 10 in both kickoff and punt return averages in 2016, is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
If Rex Ryan was still the Bills coach, it'd be more likely that the speedy Tate would be back. However, a new regime is about to take over, so all three facets of the team are about to take on a different look. That said, the Bills may try to bring back Tate anyway, as there aren't many returners with his ability, plus he's adequate enough as a receiver to fill the No. 5 spot. He's also said he'd like to stay in Buffalo. Tate caught eight passes for 115 yards in 2016, but never found the end zone as a receiver, runner, or returner.
Tate had two catches for 48 yards while averaging 33 yards on two kickoff returns and 11 yards on three punt returns during Sunday's win over the Bengals.
Tate ended up playing 26 offensive snaps, mostly because Robert Woods left the game for good in the first half. That's a situation worth watching for those in leagues where players get points for both receiving yards and return yards, as Tate could be forced into an offensive role if neither Woods or Sammy Watkins can return for the Week 12 game against Jacksonville. In any matter, Tate was able to top 5,000 career return yards in Sunday's win, and perhaps that felt just a little better coming against his former team.
Tate (concussion) was a full participant again Friday and is not on the Bills' final injury report, The Buffalo News reports.
Tate's removal from the injury report likely implies he's returned to full health and will be ready to play Sunday against Cincinnati.
Tate (concussion) was a full participant in practice Thursday.
Tate was back out on the field Thursday after being limited in Wednesday's session. The return specialist has passed league concussion protocol testing and should be ready for Sunday's tilt with the Bengals.
Tate (concussion) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.
Tate is currently progressing through the league's concussion protocol. His availability for Sunday's game against the Bengals likely won't be known until the Bills release their official injury report Friday.
Tate remains in the league's concussion protocol as of Monday.
While Tate's contributions on offense are non-existent -- even with the Bills being depleted at receiver all season -- his return skills are among the league's best and the Bills would love to get him back soon to return punts and kickoffs.
Tate (concussion) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Seahawks.
Tate hasn't yet passed through the league's concussion protocol and was unable to practice throughout the week. His next opportunity to return will be in Week 11 following the Bills' bye, although his absence wont have major fantasy implications.
Tate didn't practice Friday as he remains under the NFL's concussion protocol.
Tate was unavailable Thursday as well. The Bills will hold one more practice Saturday, which should likely help clarify Tate's status for Monday night.
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