The Athletic's Jay Morrison said WR Auden Tate could see significant playing time if the Bengals continue using four-receiver sets.
The rangy, uber-athletic Tate is the odd man out in the team's three-WR sets, which will include Tyler Boyd, Ja'Marr Chase, and Tee Higgins. But Tate would be on the field when the Bengals move away from those three-WR alignments. Morrison said as "confidence grows in what the team expects to be an improved offensive line, and as [Joe] Burrow continues to develop with his already fast processing abilities, we could see more four- and even five-wide sets in 2021." Tate would be an afterthought for opposing secondaries, and "his length, body control and strong hands mean he doesn’t have to be open to be a threat," Morrison said. In 2019, Tate caught 40 of 80 targets for 575 yards (14.4 yards per catch) and a touchdown. He was phased out of the Bengals passing attack in 2020. Tate will require a wideout injury to become an every-down player in 2021. May 21 10:43 am (EST)
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