So we have former Patriots WR Brandon Tate sitting around, waiting for that call. Could that call come from Thomas Dimitroff? And if it does, would he want to come here? Tate was drafted in 2009, so he's not a Dimitroff guy but could be swayed to Atlanta by those in-the-know of TD in Foxboro. The other possible option, due to Pats ties, is Kansas City and they could use a weapon to give QB Matt Cassel.
After looking at the list of cuts made, I see one interesting name: Patriots WR Brandon Tate. Maybe he's a cap casualty, maybe he's a headache on the practice field or the locker room, I'll never know. But what's wrong with giving Matt Ryan another toy in the toybox? Would you want Tate wearing the black and red? Follow me after the jump and I'll tell you a tad more.
Tate (6'0", 183 lbs.) is coming off his best season as a pro, playing in all 16 games and starting 10. He scored five touchdowns (3 offensive, 2 kickoff return) last season and averaged 18 yards per reception in addition to 25.8 yards per kick return. As you can see, he has developed a taste for the explosive play, which is what Smitty and TD have been relentlessly pursuing. At the very least the Falcons should entertain the thought of bringing him in.
There are still questions about players like Kerry Meier and Eric Weems in terms of how they will contribute to the offense. Meier is coming back from a serious knee injury and missed all of last season. Weems has been special in special teams but as last count I think he has a grand total of two offensive touchdowns. With Brian Finneran and Michael Jenkins now gone, the Falcons will need to have Weems and Meier contribute to compliment Roddy White, Harry Douglas and Julio Jones. Lack of production from the two could make opposing defenses fearless of them when they're on the field and view them as decoys.
This is the perfect opportunity to bring in a young guy with upside coming out of an explosive offense, who can do multiple things. What do you think?