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Bills sign WR Brandon Tate to active roster

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Tate takes the opening from rejected waiver claim Dan Vitale

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The Buffalo Bills announced that they have signed former New England Patriots and Cincinnati Bengals receiver Brandon Tate to their 53-man roster, inserting him into the spot that had been held for Dan Vitale before he failed his team physical.

The wide receiver made his money as a kick returner during his time in the NFL. He nearly broke the NCAA record for kick return yardage during his college career. As a pass catcher, he never surpassed the 24/432/3 receiving slash he put up during his second year as a pro with New England.

Tate has two career kick return touchdowns and a punt return touchdown. He’s not always a reliable kick receiver, with 12 fumbles during returns in his seven year career. With Kevon Seymour still recovering from a hamstring injury, it looks like the Bills were looking for an extra option to return punts behind Reggie Bush.