Last year, wide receiver Brandon Tate was picked up on waivers from the New England Patriots on the final day of roster cuts. He wasn't asked to contribute on offense at all, with only a handful of snaps at wide receiver and zero targets, but rather to become the team's primary kick and punt returner. Now, Tate has moved on to become a leading candidate to take the second wide receiver spot.
This year, a host of elusive, speedy players are on the team fighting for either of the two starting return positions. Head coach Marvin Lewis listed the candidates in a chat with Cincinnati.com last Wednesday:
Adam Jones will have an opportunity as well as Brandon Tate and Marvin Jones and Andrew Hawkins as punt returners. Tate, Hawkins and Aaron Brown, [Kashif] Moore and [Taveon] Rogers will get plenty of looks in kickoff returns.
Cornerback Adam Jones said earlier in the offseason that he really wants the punt return job.
"I want that job," he said. "I really want that job. I'l...