Wide Receiver Brandon Tate Added to Patriots’ Active Roster

by abournenesn

Oct 25, 2009

With the loss of Julian Edelman to a broken arm, the Patriots have bulked up their receiving corps by adding rookie wide out Brandon Tate to the active roster.

Tate was on the non football injury list through the first six weeks of the season with a torn anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his right knee that he suffered last year while at UNC.

The addition of this year's third round pick will give the Pats a fourth receiver as well as a punt and kickoff returner. The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder had 16 catches for 376 yards and three touchdowns in his first six games of his injury-shortened senior year. Tate also set the UNC career record for total return yardage with 3,523 yards. 

Also added to the Pats' 53-man roster was right tackle Mark LaVoir, who was on the physically unable to perform list, which sidelines players for the first six weeks of the season. LaVoir played in all 16 games for the Patriots last season, making two starts at right tackle in place of an injured Nick Kaczur.

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