The Buffalo Bills added a punch to their special teams unit Tuesday morning.
The Bills have signed former Patriots and Bengals return specialist Brandon Tate, according to a report from ESPN’s Adam Caplan,
Tate was released by the Bengals a week ago after spending the past five seasons with Cincinnati. Known primarily as a return man, Tate has returned only 36 kickoffs the past two seasons after returning 35 kickoffs in 2013 alone. Last season, Tate returned 18 kicks for 413 yards and also returned 27 punts for 171 yards.
The Bills could use a boost in both return categories. Buffalo ranked 30th in the NFL with an average of 18.8 yards per kickoff return and ranked 23rd in the league with an average of 7.5 yards per punt return. Buffalo also brought in running back Reggie Bush to serve as a special teams player. But the departure of Karlos Williams could indicate the Bills plan to use Bush in a more prominent role offensively.
The 28-year-old Tate should provide some more explosiveness in that department, but he hasn’t returned a kick or a punt for a touchdown since 2011, his first season in Cincinnati.