Auden Tate not happy with his role in Cincinnati

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Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow threw 61 passes on Thursday night. None of them went in the direction of receiver Auden Tate.

None went to Tate because Tate was inactive. A healthy scratch. And Tate wasn’t happy about it.

Via Cody Benjamin of, Tate’s agent has sounded off about the limited opportunities for his client, who played only 15 snaps in the Week One loss to the Chargers.

He was healthy and ready to go,” Deiric Jackson said regarding Tate. “If they don’t know how to use him, I’m sure there are plenty of other teams that would love to have a weapon like that offensively.”

Although Jackson added that Tate doesn’t plan to be a disruption, disruption may happen without any specific plan. Arguably, it already is.

“I don’t care if it’s a first-rounder, whatever, you play your best guys,” Jackson said regarding Tate. “I know the type of chemistry that him and Joe Burrow [have] been having. He’s played special teams. . . . If you’re not going to use him, why not let him go seek opportunities elsewhere?”

Appearing in 12 games with 10 starts in 2019, Tate had 40 catches on 80 targets for 575 yards and a touchdown. He arrived via round seven of the 2018 draft.

Tate appears on the unofficial depth chart as the backup to A.J. Green. However, of seven receivers on the 53-man roster, Tate is the only one who didn’t dress on Thursday night.

10 responses to “Auden Tate not happy with his role in Cincinnati

  1. I’d have some sympathy for Tate if Tee Higgins wasn’t the exact same player…just, you know, better.

  2. Honestly, I think a lot of fans aren’t happy either. Tate’s been one of the better stories in the WR group, and seemed to develop great chemistry with Burrow in camp. I’d rather seem him out there instead of Ross. He doesn’t have Ross’ speed, but he has the ability to catch contested balls, which is a lot more important when the OL doesn’t give the offence the time to attempt any passing attempts more than 20 yards down the field.

  3. The problem is actually AJ Green’s presence.

    They shouldn’t have tagged him. Thats the mistake.

  4. I’m guessing he always got picked first on the playground. Now he knows how it was for those of us who got picked last (or not at all).

  5. I can’t believe these know nothing couch potatoes still come with the tired “bungles”. You think for an instant the coaches don’t watch practice? If Tate was the best guy to have active there is no doubt he would be active. I love it when the clueless have all the answers.

  6. If I was the coach Ross would have been gone last year. The Bengals have a weapon in Tate that many teams would use. The kid that goes after every ball thrown at him like it’s for the win in the Super Bowl. Trade Ross or cut him loose. Don’t make a player get an attitude about why is he not playing. To tell you the truth I would trade both Ross and Green for some offensive line help.

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