The concept became a staple of his record-breaking season at LSU as his new offensive coordinator Joe Brady shifted from traditional six- and seven-man protections to the five-man protections with everyone out in the route to spread the field. The story added the Bengals ran more plays in five receivers than every team except Pittsburgh has over the last two full seasons. The entire league only ran five wide receivers for 25 total plays last season. The Steelers (17) led the way, Jaguars (four) were next and no other team had more than one. HC Zac Taylor said he wants to get the above WRs on the field because he feels there is a lot of talent there. But it also means pulling guys like Joe Mixon off the field at the same time.
Auden Tate started 10 games for Cincinnati last year and ranked second on the Bengals with 575 receiving yards. But in his first few practices with rookie quarterback Joe Burrow, Tate has looked ready for a bigger role at wide receiver.
In the Bengals first preseason scrimmage, Tate caught four of Burrow’s first six passes. On the last play of Burrow’s first drive, Tate used his wingspan to snag a touchdown reception. The story also pointed out that throughout training camp, Tate has been one of Burrow’s favorite receivers. While still at least behind Tyler Boyd and A.J. Green, and possibly John Ross, Tate is perhaps a guy to keep an eye for very late in drafts or once he hits the free agent wire.
Tate is way down our list at 86th but we do have him as the team's WR3 behind A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd. John Ross recently returned from the COVID-19 list and is considered a speed threat so the Bengals may have a crowded field at WR for QB Joe Burrow.