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Brandon Tate named AFC special teams player of the week

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After his punt return touchdown sealed the Bengals’ victory on Sunday, Brandon Tate has been named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week.

On the day Tate had three punt returns for 73 yards, including that 56-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter of the Bengals’ 34-12 win. Tate also had four kickoff returns for 113 yards.

The touchdown was the first on a punt return for the Bengals since Peter Warrick scored one in 2003.

A former third-round draft pick of the Patriots, Tate was claimed by the Bengals off waivers from New England on September 4, after Tate failed to make the Patriots’ 53-man roster.

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10 Responses to “Brandon Tate named AFC special teams player of the week”
  1. jfd117 says: Nov 2, 2011 12:45 PM

    So the Bengals trade Ocho to the Pats for a 5th and a 6th. The Pats cut Tate probably with Ocho now taking up a spot. Bengals claim him. Ocho doesn’t catch balls for the Pats now, and Tate receives POW honors.

    Mike Brown for NFL Executive of the year.

  2. donnyscott says: Nov 2, 2011 1:04 PM

    Another one of BB’s questionable personnel moves with the Pat’s. Seriously, Ocho over Tate. Must not have looked at tape past 2006.

  3. benh999 says: Nov 2, 2011 1:32 PM

    Brandon Taint

  4. dustyschmidt22 says: Nov 2, 2011 2:11 PM

    Not bad for a second option at returner

  5. tombradyallday says: Nov 2, 2011 2:13 PM

    cant believe belichick kept edelman over tate. tate is going to the pro bowl this year as a specialist without a doubt

  6. rexismybff says: Nov 2, 2011 2:29 PM

    Ochocinco for Tate? Nice job Brown!

    Too bad the Pats don’t have a brilliant personnel guy like Mike Brown running the show. They are stuck with BB, living off his long lost glory days – basically the new Al Davis.

  7. ticalcaldwell says: Nov 2, 2011 3:50 PM

    BB is just riding the glory of Brady…Anyone outside of New England remembers him in Cleveland….where was the genius then….When BB wins a Superbowl without Brady…then I will call him a genius…..jus sayin

  8. Patskrieg dot com says: Nov 2, 2011 3:52 PM

    As a Pats fan I’m really psyched to see Tate get these special teams honors.

    Because you can bet your life savings he won’t be winning any awards for catching passes and/or running routes.

  9. descendency says: Nov 2, 2011 4:40 PM

    Brandon Tate just didn’t seem to get something in NE.

    His physical talent never showed up in their option route system. In Cincy’s numbered system, I would imagine he would have been a bigger impact player, but he’s basically a special teamer. The patriots simply don’t keep a roster spot for guys who are only KRs or PRs.

    I’m glad to see him doing well for the Bengals though.

  10. cincyalldaway says: Nov 2, 2011 11:38 PM

    @ descendency
    Then please tell me how the Pats keep a roster spot for a washed up WR @6mil a year who hasn’t caught more than 2 balls in the last 5 – 6 games??? I guess that’s just the “Patriot Way”.

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