TAMPA, Fla. (BVM) – The state of Florida is known for pumping out top-tier football talent, and in 2015, Auden Tate was one of the area’s biggest stars.
Tate attended Wharton High School and became a must-watch spectacle every Friday night.
He was listed as a four-star wide receiver and a top-25 player at his position in the entire country according to 247 Sports.
Tate first put himself on college radars after a notable sophomore season where he had 27 receptions along with over 400 yards.
During his junior year, he took on a larger role in the offense finishing 2013 with 49 catches, 815 yards and five touchdowns. Tate was an honorable mention for the Class 8A All-State team that season.
Tate was hoping to put up bigger numbers as a senior, but unfortunately missed the majority of the season due to injury. Outside of his football prestige at Wharton, he also excelled on the basketball court being selected for the all-county team.
But with Tate’s future obviously on the football field, he took his talents to Florida State University.
Over the course of three seasons in Tallahassee, he racked up 65 catches, 957 yards and 16 touchdowns to finish out his Seminole career.
He opted to forgo his senior year and take his chances at the NFL.
In the seventh round of the 2018 NFL Draft, he was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals.
Tate spent the majority of his first year in the league on the Bengals’ practice squad, but got some run later on in the year, totaling four receptions in his rookie season.
The following year, Tate got plenty of more opportunities and took advantage. He was second on the team in 2019 with 40 receptions. He also accumulated 575 yards on the season.
Unfortunately for Tate, he has dealt with bad injury luck since. He missed the end of that season with a knee injury.
He played half of the 2020 season before missing the remainder of the season with the combination of a positive COVID-19 test and various injuries. 2021 was much of the same.
Tate signed this offseason with the Falcons but was cut on Aug. 23. On Sep. 7, the Philadelphia Eagles signed him to their practice squad.
Still just 25 years old, Tate still has the chance to break back into the league. He has shown that he has the talent, but he just needs to be healthier.
Hopefully for Tate’s sake, he can get back out there and wow the fans just like he once did at Wharton High School.
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