Bengals seventh round draft pick Auden Tate, a rookie wide receiver, has made the 53-man roster in Cincinnati.
This is great news for Bengals fans as Tate had become a fan-favorite in Cincinnati since being selected with the third to last pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
He joins A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd, John Ross, Josh Malone, Alex Erickson and Cody Core at the wide receiver position. Core might not be sticking around for long though as he’s injured and could be a candidate for IR with the designation to return.
Tate spent three years at Florida State University, though he only played in 2016 and 2017. He racked up 957 yards and 16 touchdowns in the process. 10 of those touchdowns came last season with a backup quarterback after FSU’s starter went down with an injury in the season opener. His 14.7 yards per reception were quite impressive but an injury contributed to his draft stock slipping. Tate ran a 4.68 second 40-yard dash at the combine and recorded a 31.0” vertical jump and 112” broad jump.
Once he got to Cincinnati he impressed the coaches and fans alike with his massive size — 6’5”, 228 pounds — making him an ideal red zone target. He made plentiful highlight reel plays during training camp and in the preseason he caught three passes for 66 yards, including 1 touchdown. He nearly had a second touchdown in the preseason finale, but he wasn’t able to get his second foot down in bounds.
His lacking ability on special teams nearly cost him a roster spot, but he was able to ultimately make the cut in Cincinnati. With Tate making the roster, he’ll likely be a game day inactive unless there are injuries at the wide receiver position. With that said, he’s giving football his all and even trained with Randy Moss this offseason.
Congratulations to the rookie on making the Bengals’ 53-man roster.