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    Auden Tate Impressing

    Jay Morrison

    @JayMorrisonCMG






    Rookie 7th round pick Auden Tate is noticeably slower than the other WRs but he has made two unreal, leaping, body-control catches for touchdowns in 1-on1 and 7-on-7 drills. #Bengals
    3:33 PM - Jun 13, 2018


    Jay Morrison
    @JayMorrisonCMG





    Auden Tate does it again, out fights Will Jackson and hauls in tipped pass to get both feet down in the corner of end zone. #Bengals
    11:52 AM - Jun 14, 2018




    Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com writes:
    Seventh-round pick Auden Tate, the monstrous Florida State wide receiver and last of the Bengals’ 11 draft picks, is making a real run at the roster. At 6-5, 228 pounds Tate has caught everything despite his marginal 40 speed but there are no indications they’re moving him to H-Back. Asked about Tate’s catch radius by Bengals radio voice Dan Hoard, [John] Ross gave him a great future training camp bite with, “I think it’s ridiculous. It looks like the ball is always out of his reach, but it’s never out of reach for him.”


    From Thursday:
    Auden Tate again proved how he can be a physical presence in the red zone, beating William Jackson III’s great coverage in the corner with strong hands. Jackson III nearly broke the ball up, but Tate secured the ball and got both feet in. It was an exclamation point on a strong minicamp for the seventh-round pick.
    And from Tuesday:
    Auden Tate told everyone when he was drafted he could high-point a ball, and he showed that off on Tuesday. The seventh-round pick excelled in red zone situations and made some “wow” grabs that even had Andy Dalton asking a camera crew if they caught one reception on video.





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    Surely a team with as much issues scoring in the red zone last year has to keep someone like this, don't they? Maybe try to get him down to 215 and see if he can handle the physicality/gain some wheels, if not, beef him up and make him a move tight-end.

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    Not sure about actual playing time but a roster spot isn't out of the question. Tate's 7th round pedigree seems unimpressive until compared with the receivers at the very bottom of the depth chart.

    Core has stuck around awhile. The Bengals may look at that experience as a strong positive or they may feel it's time to end the experiment.

    Ironically one of my biggest complaints with Cody Core is he never makes contested catches. IMO he too often telegraphs with his hands when the pass is coming and never seems to finish the play. Not much doubt Core would beat Tate in a foot race but it sounds like Tate has a better feel for high pointing the football and stronger hands. Could be enough.

    Bigger picture, I think the Bengals are going to have an outstanding practice squad this season. Lots of fringe players with real upside.

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    Especially when you consider Eifert’s injury history and his strength as a red zone threat you almost have to keep someone else who can provide that. I think Core and Erickson are both on notice.

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    I doubt it happens, but wouldn’t be shocked if lafell got cut IF some of these young guys really show up big in TC and preseason. Guys like Ross, Boyd and Malone showing they are good enough to be the 2-4 and a guy like Tate showing he’s worthy of a spot. Big IF though but wouldn’t be unheard of.

    Also would be interesting to see if Phillips can steal the returner position away for Erickson which would make him expendable.

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    We always seem to fall in love with the late round wr that flashes potential, yet they so rarely pan out. Maybe his chances are better if he's only asked to be a red zone jump ball specialist and not a complete wr.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gatorclaws View Post
    We always seem to fall in love with the late round wr that flashes potential, yet they so rarely pan out. Maybe his chances are better if he's only asked to be a red zone jump ball specialist and not a complete wr.

    I’d think he’d be good at backshoulder catches on any part of the field.

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    Will be curious if Tate can play any special teams.

    Seems like our 5th/6th WRs are always core special teamers (Core and Erickson).

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    Cincy Jungle@CincyJungle Jul 10More



    #Bengals rookie WR Auden Tate training with Randy Moss
    https://t.co/vCJzwTNMbu





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    Quote Originally Posted by happyrid View Post
    Will be curious if Tate can play any special teams.

    Seems like our 5th/6th WRs are always core special teamers (Core and Erickson).
    This is exactly the issue that I see for this guy. The bottom of the WR room simply has to be all over special teams and I know coaches love speed on those units.

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