I thought it was a good experiment, but the rumors coming out of NE was that he lost a step and that is why Bill cut him. I think we're seeing that and I hate to continue wasting a roster spot when we have a replacement sitting right there. Against the Bills I continually saw open lanes and said "Oh, here we go, he is going to break one" and instead he just runs right toward a guy. Further, I think the wind can knock this guy down. He won't take a hit and just seems to crumple when someone touches him.
Part of my rationale comes from the fact that we have Hawkins to return kicks. We saw exactly how electric he could be against Buffalo and, after Andre's second drop, I was calling for Hawkins in the slot. Obviously the Bengals are going to go with Andre so they need to get Hawkins more touches. Kick returns is the best spot for that. On the quick screen, he looked like the fastest, most athletic guy on the field. The Bengals may have found a gem. Let's exploit it and see what this kid can do.
Second, we have Whalen sitting right there to back up at the slot receiver. Getting him active, giving us that possession receiver which we lost when Shipley went down, will allow this offense to grow. We also need to see what he can do since it is likely Andre is gone at the end of the season and he would probably move into that back-up slot behind Shipley.
Bottom line is, Tate is not Devin Hester, so I don't understand taking up a spot on the 53 man or the 46 man roster for a guy who just returns kicks when the Bengals have a return man in Hawkins who has now been incorporated into the offense (and plays on the other ST's as well).