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Patriots WR Brandon Tate made his debut on Saturday night after missing most of camp with a hamstring injury. And while he was gone, Tate watched a suddenly deep receiver group move ahead of him.
No wonder he said, “It felt good to get back out there, man.”
In fact, it could happen that after being the starting kick returner and third receiver last year, Tate is out of a job when cuts are made. And that’s quite a turnaround. After he caught three passes for 41 yards in the loss to the Lions, I asked him what he’s working on.
“Focusing on just trying to get better,” Tate told me, “working on everything I can to get better (to) make the team, stay on the team.”
Immediately, he went right to making the team. That was pretty telling. While it’s on all of our minds, it’s obviously on his mind, too. With the Patriots using so many two receiver sets (thanks to two stellar tight ends) and with the decreased emphasis on kickoffs with the new rules, Tate could be on the outside looking in.
Tate, who was the lead to my notebook today, said he wasn’t nervous about his hamstring and wondering if he’d ever make it back. “It’s just I just wanted to get out there and play ball man, that’s about it,” he said.
As for the competition, let’s just say Tate is aware. I noted how stiff things are in the group, and he laughed. Like, duh.
“It’s football, man,” Tate said. “It’s fun. To me, competition is fun. I like to go out there and compete.”
Tate used to have a leg up on the competition because of his ability to return kicks. Now, it’s getting tougher, and he averaged just 13.5 yards per return Saturday. But he said it was about what it usually was, new rules and all.
“It was about the same how it usually is, I thought so,” he said. “In college it was like that, right? It’s football, so whatever rule they change, we’re going to have to adjust to it. It ain’t no big factor.”
His situation should be interesting to watch
(Ian Rapport Boston Herald)
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