You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.

X

Welcome to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

Soft-spoken, sure-handed Tate having solid preseason


Brandon Tate is quietly having a solid preseason, which should come as no surprise because pretty much everything the Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver does is void of noise and hype.

“That’s what I got drafted as, a guy who just goes out and does his job, so why change?” Tate said. “I’m just about chillin’ and workin’.”

Tate leads the Bengals in receptions (five) and yards (84) this preseason, and he has one of the team’s three touchdown receptions, a 21-yarder from Josh Johnson in Atlanta.

“He’s having a great camp,” wide receivers coach James Urban said. “I’m really happy with where he is.”

Tate has been especially effective over the middle, which was the case Saturday night against Tennessee when he caught a 3-yard crossing pass from Andy Dalton on third and 8 and turned it into a 22-yard gain to set up the Bengals’ second touchdown.

“Coming off last season, Brandon and I talked a lot about getting him some work inside as our slot receiver,” Urban said. “We did a whole bunch of work with that in the spring. This fall he’s probably gotten more work outside, but definitely some work inside as well. And it’s been great for him. In college he played a lot inside and was very productive. We gave him a good look in there, and it’s helped him out.”

The extra work in the slot combined with Andrew Hawkins’ ankle injury could create more opportunity for Tate, who has never caught more than four passes in a game and has recorded only one 100-yard game – three catches for 101 yards as a member of the New England Patriots in 2010.

Yet he continues to stick on the roster as the former North Carolina Tar Heel enters his fifth year in the NFL and third with the Bengals.

That’s largely due to the value he adds as a returner, which is another area where has been solid in the preseason, averaging 23.7 yards on kickoffs and 9.0 on punts.

The only area where Tate struggles is when he’s asked to talk about himself, opting instead to redirect the credit elsewhere.

“You need every guy on the field,” Tate said. “Every block, every person is important. You just have to trust your guys and go make plays. (Special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons) is a great coach. He’s taught me a lot about this game. I just try to go out there and do the things he taught me.

“I’m just trying to take care of my opportunities because you know how this game goes, you only get so many.”

Tate started three games last year at receiver, but there was only one game where he was on the field for more than 50 percent of the offensive snaps.

He finished the season with just 13 catches for 211 yards and one touchdown. In four NFL seasons, Tate has 37 catches for 643 yards and four touchdowns.

Quiet production for a quiet man, but Tate’s value is not measured by numbers alone.

“He doesn’t say a lot, but he’s one of those guys you want to be around every day,” wide receiver Mohamed Sanu said. “He’s always trying to help other people get better. He’s just a kind, good-hearted person, and I’m glad he’s a part of this team.”

“He’s a pro,” added Urban. “He’s a wonderful guy, a family guy, a team guy. He’s unbelievable in my meeting room. He’s got some experience. He’s been with Tom Brady, he’s been in a different system, so he’s got a great eye for the game. I joke with him all the time that he’s going to be a coach some day.

“He understands the game and he’s not afraid to talk to the fellas,” he continued. “I’m excited to see how he plays the next couple of games.”



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Sports

Report: Springfield native, Miami grad Eaton out for season
Report: Springfield native, Miami grad Eaton out for season

Washington Nationals center fielder Adam Eaton, who was carried off the field Friday, has a torn left ACL and will not play again this season, ESPN reported. The Kenton Ridge High and Miami University alum sustained the injury in the ninth inning of a loss to the New York Mets on a play at first base. He hit a roller to the left side, barely beat the...
H.S. Results for 4/29: Milton Union wins doubles tournament

Milton Union edged out Bellbrook to win the Chaminade Julienne Doubles Invitational in boys tennis on Saturday. Milton Union and Bellbrook both finished with seven points. Vandalia and Chaminade Julienne had two points apiece. Boys Volleyball Beavercreek 3, Centerville 2: ‘Creek rallied from a two-set deficit to earn the win against Centerville...
Two Hamilton High grads agree to free agent deals with NFL teams
Two Hamilton High grads agree to free agent deals with NFL teams

Hamilton High School graduates Marcus Oliver and Adam Pankey didn’t hear their names called during this weekend’s NFL Draft, but both told the JournalNews they agreed to terms as free agents shortly afterward. Oliver, a linebacker and two-time captain at Indiana University, is headed to Philadelphia, where he work alongside Jordan Hicks...
Bengals draft class stamped with speed
Bengals draft class stamped with speed

After selecting the fastest player in the NFL Draft on Thursday and the fastest defensive lineman Friday, the Cincinnati Bengals kept their sights set on speed with their final eight picks Saturday. “That’s part of it with today’s NFL; we measure speed every day on the field,” coach Marvin Lewis said. “We have to make...
Bengals fans welcome Mixon to Cincinnati
Bengals fans welcome Mixon to Cincinnati

Less than 24 hours after hearing his named showered in boos after the Cincinnati Bengals drafted him with the 48th overall pick of the NFL Draft on Friday, controversial Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon received a warm welcome Saturday afternoon when he arrived at the team’s draft party at Paul Brown Stadium. “It means a lot,” Mixon...
More Stories