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Bengals Put A Claim On Wide Receiver (And Returner) Brandon Tate

According to Pro Football Talk, the Cincinnati Bengals claimed Brandon Tate off waivers. Tate, the New England Patriots third-round pick during the 2009 NFL Draft, caught 24 passes in 16 games (10 starts) in 2010, posting 432 yards receiving and three touchdowns.

Also as one of the team's top returners, Tate returned 41 kickoffs for 1,057 yards, including two returned for touchdowns (one of them you probably remember). Due to the nature of the new kickoff rules largely neutralizing the threat of kickoff returners, the Patriots released Tate on Saturday.

For those you that need reminding, Tate is the guy that returned the second half opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown during the Bengals regular season opener against the Patriots last year. If you don't need reminding, then yea.

Now the question is who does he replace? Since the Bengals claimed Tate off waivers from another team, he has to be signed to the team's 53-man roster. You can consider either Ryan Whalen or Quan Cosby as your prime candidates -- more Whalen.