Posted August 08, 2012 on
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Brandon Tate didn't catch a pass for the Cincinnati Bengals last season. He's got the early lead in the competition for the No. 2 receiving spot heading into the preseason opener.
Tate is listed first on the depth chart for a home game Friday against the New York Jets. It'll be the first chance for the Bengals' inexperienced receivers to start sorting themselves out.
Tate is competing with Armon Binns, who joined the practice squad in September and didn't get into a game. Andrew Hawkins also is trying to win playing time - he had 23 catches in 13 games last season.
Finding a complement to receiver A.J. Green is one of the Bengals' biggest challenges during the preseason.
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After a disappointing first two seasons with the New England Patriots, wide receiver Brandon Tate signed wit the Bengals on September 4 ,2011 and spent the entire season relegated to a backup WR and punt returner.
2012 appears to be a fresh start for Tate, a former star at the University of North Carolina, as he is currently listed as the number two receiver opposite of AJ Greenâ€...
Now that the Bengals are deeply into training camp and have their first preseason game in a few days, I thought it made sense to take a look at some of the storylines to watch in the coming weeks. Here they are:
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We liked him so much last week we invited him to come back on the podcast. Itâ€™s the star of The Red vs Red Podcast and heâ€™s the Bengals writer for 2nd City Fanatics, the one, the only, Mike Smith!
In this weekâ€™s show:
We take an inside look at the depth chart
We read an email from listener Stephen asking us who is the Bengals most valuable player from a dollar perspective....
I love Paul Brownâ€¦Stadium. Â I guess that most fans feel this way about where their home team plays but Paul Brown Stadium isnâ€™t like any of themâ€¦and training camp there isnâ€™t a joke either.
So I dragged the family back to Cincy last weekend to visit the folks one more time before school starts and thought my oldest son and I should take a trek down to Paul Brown on Saturday...
Terrell Owens.Â His name alone attracts attention from both sides of the field.Â Some say he has too many problems for the NFL while others say that he is a pure playmaker.Â Yet, a lot of people canâ€™t argue with the fact that heâ€™s been bounced around the league more than a beach ball at the beach.Â
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Lately, many sources have reported that T.O has been talking...