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Pats cut Brandon Tate

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Safety Brandon Meriweather isn’t the only recognizable name to be a former Patriots.  Also gone is receiver Brandon Tate.

A league source tells us that the Pats have waived Tate.

Tate was selected by the Patriots in the third round of the 2009 draft, after missing all of the prior season with a torn ACL.

Appearing in 16 games with 10 starts in 2010, Tate caught 24 passes for 432 yards and three touchdowns.  He also returned two kickoffs for touchdowns — a skill that coach Bill Belichick possibly decided that he no longer needs given the movement of the kickoff point from the 30 to the 35.

Meanwhile, linebacker Brandon Spikes and defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick are hoping that Belichick hasn’t developed a negative association with their first names.

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44 Responses to “Pats cut Brandon Tate”
  1. tiffpats4eva says: Sep 3, 2011 4:04 PM

    Shocking.

  2. rayvens says: Sep 3, 2011 4:09 PM

    Damit!…who am i going to go deep with on Madden!

  3. cromags says: Sep 3, 2011 4:10 PM

    New kickoff rules made him obselete. Was never the competent deep threat they hoped.

  4. mikemc89 says: Sep 3, 2011 4:10 PM

    hes fast….too bad he couldnt catch very well.

  5. 21skins4ever says: Sep 3, 2011 4:12 PM

    If meriweather is willing to play strong safety… Welcome to Washington ! Laron L keeps having setbacks from offseason surgery.

  6. june20102002 says: Sep 3, 2011 4:14 PM

    This will be a different team this year, mark my words. BB is relying heavily on a lot of old names. His receivers are older, Ocho 33, Branch 32, Welker 30, and none of them stretch the field.

  7. CKL says: Sep 3, 2011 4:14 PM

    So this is what all the time Slater spent @ WR was about. Keeping 1 guy who can do a couple things is better than keeping 2 guys with one having POTENTIAL to POSSIBLY do two things.

  8. kspl1 says: Sep 3, 2011 4:14 PM

    Lol, not a good day to be named Brandon in new England. Crazy though, both of those guys r gonna get picked up quick. Tate was a beast in fantasy for a couple weeks last year. Merriweatjer could start on the eagles today with their horrible safeties

  9. duanethomas says: Sep 3, 2011 4:15 PM

    I love this time of the year, it makes me feel feel so warm inside. These clowns dont deserve to be in the NFl and I LOVE IT!!!!

  10. willysantos says: Sep 3, 2011 4:16 PM

    If the team drafted as good as they cheat they wouldn’t have to cut so many players.

  11. patpatriotagain says: Sep 3, 2011 4:16 PM

    funny i never put that together about the brandon association. too bad for deadrick that he’ll probably have to wait to week 6 to meet his fate.

  12. ryanmallettsbluntwrap says: Sep 3, 2011 4:17 PM

    Ugh …. Exact opposite of shocking , guy ran the worst routes out of all patriots WR . They don’t need tate with the way taylor price is coming along . Waste of a roster spot .

  13. gerkman says: Sep 3, 2011 4:18 PM

    Apparently not a good day for anyone named Brandon in Pats camp

  14. duncanthecat says: Sep 3, 2011 4:19 PM

    Big Deal!

  15. dequan81 says: Sep 3, 2011 4:20 PM

    “Meanwhile, linebacker Brandon Spikes and defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick are hoping that Belichick hasn’t developed a negative association with their first names.”

    That actually made me chuckle a bit. Good line.

  16. firemarshal1 says: Sep 3, 2011 4:20 PM

    Wow! How many draft picks bust is that for the Patriots now. Where’s all the critics. If wasn’t for Brady, the Patriots would be a lousy team.

  17. grigshow says: Sep 3, 2011 4:22 PM

    Go go Dolphins, pick him up.

  18. justentertainingthestupid says: Sep 3, 2011 4:22 PM

    what the hell?

  19. obamasballsack says: Sep 3, 2011 4:22 PM

    Taylor Price time to shine now.

  20. mistrezzrachael says: Sep 3, 2011 4:23 PM

    Is why NE can continue to win year after year…If a player is not a strong positive contributor to their success..he’s gone…does not matter who he is.

    Tate a pretty decent player..but not good enough for them.

    Do not see any ‘ emotional player additions there’…Belichick would cut his mother if he thought a better one available….Thats why he wins consistantly…and his bad years are 14-2 & getting knocked out in 1st round of playoffs

  21. kmurph1226 says: Sep 3, 2011 4:24 PM

    According to ESPN, he was their “V-Factor”, short for Vick Factor. This was given to a guy on each team you couldn’t game plan for.

    Shows you how smart ESPN is.

  22. macker1283 says: Sep 3, 2011 4:24 PM

    This is what happens when you take kickoff returns out of the game. Guys like Tate are going to be forced out of the league.

  23. firemarshal1 says: Sep 3, 2011 4:25 PM

    Belicheck gets a free pass from the New England sports media. Also, if wasn’t for the video cheating, how many Super Bowls would have they really won, fair and square.

  24. jimyritz says: Sep 3, 2011 4:26 PM

    Now that kickoffs have been basically eliminated Tate has limited value….Similar to Bethel Johnson…The guy just doesn’t get open…

  25. idealisticapathetic says: Sep 3, 2011 4:27 PM

    Iffy route-runner and iffy-hands. As a Pats fan I’m not surprised at all. The Patriots only have room for studs and beasts, and Tate is neither. Good luck with the 49ers.

  26. gusforgottens says: Sep 3, 2011 4:28 PM

    Tate is the WR from UNC right?

  27. lilrob10201 says: Sep 3, 2011 4:31 PM

    They should cut Tom Brady.

  28. kevinbobrow says: Sep 3, 2011 4:35 PM

    I think this says a lot about New England’s view of their WRs who will contribute. To me, they must have a lot of confidence in Ochocinco. They already trust Branch and Welker, but if they thought Ocho was going to be a Patriot bust like Galloway (as some are suggesting) then they wouldn’t have let Tate go.

    I could see Ocho contributing in Moss-like ways by mid-year…

    mydailyff.com

  29. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 3, 2011 4:42 PM

    No shock, he wasn’t getting time behind Chad, who himself has stunk it up badly. Being in there late in two meaningless preseason games was a sign.

  30. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 3, 2011 4:44 PM

    You gotta love the no-life doughboys who are jealous that guys are in the NFL making more money in one game than these armchair, fantasy football-playing, taking-Madden-too-seriously types will before they turn 50.

  31. richm2256 says: Sep 3, 2011 4:47 PM

    firemarshal1 says:
    Sep 3, 2011 4:20 PM
    Wow! How many draft picks bust is that for the Patriots now. Where’s all the critics. If wasn’t for Brady, the Patriots would be a lousy team.

    firemarshal1 says:
    Sep 3, 2011 4:25 PM
    Belicheck gets a free pass from the New England sports media. Also, if wasn’t for the video cheating, how many Super Bowls would have they really won, fair and square.

    —————————————————————-

    Troll = loser

    Hey firemarshal, quick: tell us all exactly what the Patriots did wrong with the taping, without looking it up?

    Do you even KNOW?

  32. ninerdynasty says: Sep 3, 2011 4:48 PM

    Tthat’s what happens when you start drafting 5-10 2nd-3rd rounders guy every year. at one point, someone has to get cut..

  33. jrs1972 says: Sep 3, 2011 4:58 PM

    price > tate. it really is that simple.

  34. jrs1972 says: Sep 3, 2011 4:59 PM

    richm2256 says: Sep 3, 2011 4:47 PM

    Hey firemarshal, quick: tell us all exactly what the Patriots did wrong with the taping, without looking it up?
    ———————
    oh oh oh, pick me *raises hand*

    was filming in wrong location, if filmed in press box, no fine.

  35. mempusa says: Sep 3, 2011 5:04 PM

    Go sign em Panthers!

  36. catdelmonte says: Sep 3, 2011 5:15 PM

    i guess they forgot how bad slater sucks

  37. mistrezzrachael says: Sep 3, 2011 5:33 PM

    firemarshal1 says:
    Sep 3, 2011 4:25 PM
    Belicheck gets a free pass from the New England sports media. Also, if wasn’t for the video cheating, how many Super Bowls would have they really won, fair and square.

    Looks like firemarshall is another jet fan in drag…I don’t care what team you root for, it’s idiots like firemarshall , flagstaff & deb….that make you wonder about the relative IQ of posters out here.

    jet fans seem to be scraping bottom of barrel…just like filthy parasites.

  38. ryanmallettsbluntwrap says: Sep 3, 2011 5:40 PM

    Actually Slater has looked great so far in the pre season on Special Teams and as a WR , i guess you forgot to use your brain .

  39. Patskrieg dot com says: Sep 3, 2011 6:16 PM

    Later. Straight line speed is great. You still need to learn how to run routes. I won’t miss the Reche-Caldwell-esque adventure of wondering if he’ll drop it every time Brady goes to him.

  40. backindasaddle says: Sep 3, 2011 6:53 PM

    Great athelete….but never clicked as a receiver with Brady. Then, with the emergence of Taylor Price as a receiver combined with the reduced importance of kick running….this was very easy to forecast. No surprise.

  41. firemarshal1 says: Sep 3, 2011 8:52 PM

    To My Patriot Fan: DICKM2256 (RICHM)

    Hello! The Patriots got fined and lost a draft pick. Selective memory Dick, a huge competitive advantage. The league didn’t more, because of Mr. Kraft.

  42. firemarshal1 says: Sep 3, 2011 8:54 PM

    Wow! The Patriots fans are pretty touchy.

  43. majmalphunktion says: Sep 4, 2011 1:15 AM

    Sad that the most famous person on the Jets is an idiot in the crowd wearing a firehat.

    Tate was gone after the first preseason game. Price should be a solid number 4.

    Morris, no surprise, he looked really slow.

    Merriweather, do not do what the coaches tell you to do…bu bye.

  44. elyasm says: Sep 6, 2011 12:49 PM

    @firemarshal1
    A huge competitive advantage? When the commissioner himself said that it “had no material impact on the outcome of games”? Might want to check your facts there, pal.

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