- Patriots rookie wide receiver Brandon Tate saw his first NFL action in the Pats 35-7 victory over Tampa Bay, and Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio liked what he saw out of him even though Tate did not have a catch and he ran the wrong route on one play, resulting in an interception.
"I think it was good for Brandon to get some experience, whether it was on special teams returning kickoffs, he had a few plays there offensively," Caserio said. "He made a nice play there in the reverse. I mean, I think there were some good plays, some bad plays, just like everybody else. In fact, on the interception, he ran the wrong route, quite frankly, and he knows that and we talked about that.
"But he went ahead and tried to make a play, so I think he tried to do what he could on the play. But I think last week was good for him and some of our other young players to go through practice and put them in some situations that maybe they haven't been put in as of yet, whether it's two-minute, red area. So I think it's good to have him out there. He's progressing along, so we'll see how it goes this week."
With Julian Edelman out with a broken forearm, Tate is expected to share snaps with special teams ace Sam Aiken as the Pats third wide receiver against Miami.