Bengals OC Jay Gruden on WR Brandon Tate, who has spent some time running with the first-team in workouts: “He’s been one of the best surprises of camp for me. Last year he came in late (after being acquired on waivers from New England) and was mainly a return guy and our fifth receiver and never really got in the flow with the group at wide receiver. Now I think he’s more confident, he sees that he belongs as an NFL wide receiver, and I think the confidence level that he has is showing. He’s got all the ability. He runs all of the routes great, he’s got great feel, and he’s done an outstanding job.”
Tate and Armon Binns appear to be the early leaders in the battle to start opposite A.J. Green.
The Bengals have a big hole at WR2 and are looking to fill it. Rookies Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones are also in the mix, but Gruden seems to be leading towards a vet. We believe that TE Jermaine Gresham will actually see the second most targets in 2012.