The Bengals will be down more offensive pieces as Auden Tate goes in for season-ending shoulder surgery.
Bengals WR Auden Tate will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery, as @TomPelissero first reported. The surgery will be performed by Dr. James Andrews, per source. Tate is expected to make a full recovery and be ready by next season. #Bengals— Tyler Dragon (@TheTylerDragon) December 2, 2020
Tate was added to Injured Reserve on Wednesday, as the Bengals activated Xavier Su’a-Filo in a corresponding move.
The Bengals’ receiver injured his shoulder during Sunday game against the Giants. Tate was targeted twice in that game but did not make a reception.
This season, Tate has 22 targets for 14 receptions and 150 yards. He did not catch a touchdown pass this season.
It has been an up-and-down season so far for Tate. He was being an healthy scratch early in the beginning of the season, which led his agent to pursue trade opportunities. Only a few weeks later, Zac Taylor reportedly promised to get him more involved in the offense.
Tate was a seventh round draft pick out of Florida State in 2018. He has played in 28 games, been targeted 114 times, had 58 receptions, 760 yards, and only one touchdown.
This injury takes a huge chunk out of the Bengals’ depth at wide receiver. The position is top-heavy with A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd, and Tee Higgins, but there is not much depth behind the three of them. John Ross has been inactive for most of the season and seems to be out of favor with Taylor. This leaves Alex Erickson and Mike Thomas, who has been battling injury the last few weeks.
Tate’s move to Injured Reserve paves the way for Stanley Morgan Jr. to get back on the field. Morgan has stuck around because of his value as a special teams player, and should help provide some depth for a depleted receiver position.