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Offensive coordinator Brian Callahan praised Tate's performance in spring practices, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports. "[Tate] has a really unique skill set that makes him one of the best out there in terms of contested catches," Callahan said. "And he's huge. As a fourth receiver, he's been good this spring."
Analysis: Tate seems to have made a clean recovery from early-December surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder. He opened 2020 as the Bengals' No. 4 receiver after putting up 575 yards the previous year, but Tate ultimately managed only 14 catches for 150 yards in nine games last season. It sounds like he's ahead of Mike Thomas for the No. 4 job this year, while Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd and Ja'Marr Chase are locked in as the starters at wide receiver.
Jun 30, 2021 6:51 AM EST
Tate (shoulder) is expected to require 4-to-6 months of recovery time after undergoing surgery Tuesday to repair a torn labrum, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: The estimated timeline could make it difficult for Tate to gain clearance for OTAs, but he should be back to 100 percent by the time training camp gets underway in July or August. Before suffering the season-ending injury, Tate had been serving as the Bengals' No. 4 receiver. He wraps up his third NFL campaign with 14 receptions for 150 yards and no touchdowns over nine appearances.
Dec 8, 2020 10:26 AM EST
Tate is out for the season with a shoulder injury, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Tate, who had been playing with a shoulder injury for several weeks, was placed on IR on Wednesday. Per the report, the Bengals' No. 4 wideout needs surgery to address the issue, so Tate's 2020 season ends with him logging 14 catches for 150 yards in nine games.
Dec 2, 2020 10:42 AM EST
Tate (shoulder) has landed on IR.
Analysis: With Tate now slated to miss at least three games, the Bengals wideout corps will continue to be headed by Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins and A.J. Green.
Dec 2, 2020 10:03 AM EST
Tate was targeted twice Sunday against the Giants but did not get any catches. He was on the field for 10 offensive snaps.
Analysis: The memory of Tate's seven-catch game against the Titans fades further from our mind's eye with three successive duds since then. He's unlikely to provide much more of a spark with Brandon Allen at the helm at QB the rest of the 2020 season.
Nov 30, 2020 10:44 PM EST
Tate was activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, Tyler Dragon of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Analysis: It appears as if Tate, who placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, was merely listed with the designation due to close contact with an infected person. Expect the depth wideout to maintain his role in Sunday's matchup against the Giants
Nov 28, 2020 8:15 AM EST
Tate has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.
Analysis: 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. The wideout logged one catch for five yards on two targets this past Sunday against Washington.
Nov 25, 2020 8:43 AM EST
Tate had one catch for five yards on two targets in Sunday's loss to Washington.
Analysis: 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.
Nov 23, 2020 10:30 PM EST
Tate played only 12 snaps in Sunday's loss to the Steelers, catching two passes for 24 yards on four targets.
Analysis: 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's clearly 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.
Nov 16, 2020 6:47 PM EST
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.
Analysis: 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-second in targets. 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.
Nov 2, 2020 10:44 AM EST
Tate had no catches on just one target while playing just six snaps in Sunday's loss to the Browns.
Analysis: 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.
Oct 26, 2020 11:45 PM EST
Tate (shoulder) was a full participant for Thursday's practice, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: 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.
Oct 22, 2020 3:53 PM EST
Tate (shoulder) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: 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.
Oct 21, 2020 2:51 PM EST
Tate (shoulder) is active Week 6 against the Colts, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.
Analysis: 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 towards regaining his role Week 7 against Cleveland.
Oct 18, 2020 9:02 AM EST
Tate (shoulder) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game in Indianapolis, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: 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 only seen more than one target in a single game this season, so if he were to miss Sunday's game against the Colts it likely won't have a major impact on Cincinnati's offensive gameplan.
Oct 16, 2020 12:12 PM EST
Tate (shoulder) didn't participate in Wednesday's practice, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Tate played a season-high 26 offensive snaps in the Week 5 loss to the Ravens, reeling in his lone target for 12 yards. The third-year receiver popped up on the injury report for the first time this season, and it's concerning that he didn't participate in any capacity. Tate has two more practices to get on the field to have a chance at playing against the Colts on Sunday.
Oct 14, 2020 2:05 PM EST
Tate had one catch for 12 yards in the Bengals' loss to the Ravens in Week 5.
Analysis: Tate's usage was limited despite A.J. Green's hamstring injury, as frequently Joe Burrow 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.
Oct 12, 2020 8:11 PM EST
Tate had one catch on one target for 15 yards in the Bengals' win over the Jaguars on Sunday.
Analysis: Tate's lone target came in the first quarter, and he was on the field for just 22 snaps Sunday. Without a doubt, Tate's involvement diminished with the Bengals protecting a lead in the second half, allowing them to run the ball frequently.
Oct 5, 2020 1:35 PM EST
Tate had two catches for 29 yards on four targets in the Week 3 tie against the Eagles.
Analysis: 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.
Sep 30, 2020 4:17 PM EST
Tate will take the field for the Week 3 matchup against Philadelphia, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: 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).
Sep 27, 2020 9:12 AM EST
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