Catching up with former Pats

November, 1, 2011
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Ron Chenoy/US PresswireBrandon Tate returned a punt for a touchdown Sunday vs. Seattle.


Having hit the midpoint of the NFL season, and factoring in reader feedback, the weekly "Catching up with former Pats" update will take on a different look.

Each week, the plan will be to highlight the former Patriot who makes the biggest impact. For those interested in more detail, click the "read full post" link below for a week-by-week progression for each player this season.

The player in the spotlight this week is returner Brandon Tate, the 2009 Patriots third-round pick who is now with the Bengals.

Tate doesn't have a reception this season. He's been utilized as a return specialist (punts and kickoffs), and Sunday in Seattle, he had a 56-yard punt return for a touchdown in a 34-12 win over the Seahawks. The return came late in the fourth quarter and upped the Bengals' lead to 27-12.

Tate added four kickoff returns for 113 yards in the game.

OL Thomas Austin (Texans)
Week 8: Inactive in a 24-14 home win over the Jaguars
Week 7: Inactive in a 41-7 road win over the Titans
Week 6: Inactive in a 29-14 loss to the Texans
Week 5: Inactive in a 25-20 home loss to the Raiders
Week 4: Inactive in a 17-10 home win over the Steelers
Week 3: Inactive in a 40-33 loss at New Orleans
Week 2: Inactive in a 23-13 win at Miami
Week 1: Inactive in 34-7 blowout of the Colts

CB Darius Butler (Panthers)
Week 8: Inactive in a 24-21 home loss to the Vikings with his daughter undergoing heart surgery
Week 7:
Starts as a fifth defensive back and finishes with 5 tackles and 1 pass defended in a 33-20 home win over the Redskins
Week 6:
Starts as a fifth defensive back and finishes with one tackle in a 31-17 loss at Atlanta
Week 5: Starts as a fifth DB in a 30-27 home loss to the Saints; totals 5 tackles and 2 passes defended
Week 4: Starts in place of injured Chris Gamble in a 34-29 road loss to the Bears and totals 3 tackles
Week 3: Active as a backup and totals 3 tackles with 1 pass defended in team's 16-10 win over the Jaguars
Week 2: Active as a backup but doesn't show up on stat sheet in 30-23 home loss to the Packers
Week 1: Active and plays sparingly in 28-21 loss to Cardinals, and doesn't show up on stat sheet

OL Mark LeVoir (Ravens/Rams)
Week 8: Signed by the Rams; dresses as a backup in 31-21 home win over Saints
Week 7: Released
Week 6: Inactive in a 29-14 win over the Texans
Week 5: Bye
Week 4: Dresses as a backup in a 34-17 home win over the Jets
Week 3: Inactive in a 37-7 win at St. Louis
Week 2: Starts at left guard in a 26-13 loss at Tennessee
Week 1: Active as a backup in 35-7 win over Steelers

OL Steve Maneri (Chiefs)
Week 8: Inactive in Monday Night Football game against Chargers
Week 7: Inactive in a 28-0 road win over the Raiders
Week 6: Bye
Week 5: Inactive in a 28-24 road win over the Colts
Week 4: Inactive in a 22-17 home win over the Vikings
Week 3: Inactive in a 20-17 loss at San Diego
Week 2: Inactive in 48-3 loss at Detroit
Week 1: Dresses but does not play in 41-7 loss to Bills

S Brandon Meriweather (Bears)
Week 8: Bye
Week 7: Active but does not play in a 24-18 win over the Buccaneers in London
Week 6: Dresses but does not play in a 39-10 home win over the Vikings
Week 5: Starts at free safety and totals 3 tackles; chases multiple plays in secondary to no avail
Week 4: Starts at free safety and totals 7 tackles and 1 pass defended in a 34-29 home win over the Panthers
Week 3: Starts at free safety and finishes with 3 tackles and 1 pass defended in a 27-17 home loss to the Packers
Week 2: Starts at free safety (with Chris Harris inactive) and finishes with 4 tackles in a 30-13 loss at New Orleans
Week 1: Plays in a reserve role and finishes with 2 tackles as Bears roll over the Falcons, 30-12

S James Sanders (Falcons)
Week 8: Bye
Week 7: Active but does not show up on the stat sheet in a 23-16 road win at Detroit
Week 6: Inactive in 31-17 win over the Panthers
Week 5: Plays in a reserve role in a 25-14 home loss to the Packers; finishes with 4 tackles and 1 pass defended
Week 4: Plays as a reserve in a 30-28 road win over the Seahawks, credited with a pass defended and special teams tackle
Week 3: Plays as a reserve in a 16-13 loss at Tampa and doesn't register on the stat sheet
Week 2: Starts at safety in a 35-31 home win over the Eagles, and totals 3 tackles
Week 1: Doesn't start and doesn't show up on the stat sheet in Falcons' 30-12 loss to the Bears

TE Lee Smith (Bills)
Week 8: Active in a 23-0 win over the Redskins in Toronto; doesn't show up on stat sheet
Week 7: Bye
Week 6: Active in a 27-24 road loss to the Giants; doesn't show up on stat sheet
Week 5: Active in a 31-24 home win over the Eagles; doesn't show up on stat sheet
Week 4: Active in a 23-20 road loss to the Bengals; doesn't show up on stat sheet
Week 3: Inactive in 34-31 home win over the Patriots
Week 2: Inactive in 38-35 home win over the Raiders
Week 1: Rookie is inactive in 41-7 win over the Chiefs

WR Brandon Tate (Bengals)
Week 8: Scores on a 56-yard punt return in a 34-12 win at Seattle; adds four kickoff returns for 113 yards
Week 7: Bye
Week 6: Two punt returns for 35 yards (long of 33); 2 kickoff returns for 55 yards in a 27-17 home win over Colts
Week 5: Three punt returns for 43 yards; 3 kickoff returns for 76 yards
Week 4: Returns 7 punts for 69 yards in 23-20 home win over the Bills; adds 3 kickoff returns for 66 yards
Week 3: Returns 3 punts for 31 yards with 3 fair catches; 2 kickoff returns for 50 yards
Week 2: Returns five punts for 29 yards (5.8 avg.) in a 24-22 loss at Denver; no kickoff returns as all were touchbacks
Week 1: Handles punt returns and kickoff returns in 27-17 win over Browns; finishes with 1 punt return for 15 yards and 3 fair catches, and has four kickoff returns for 92 yards, with a long of 35

CB Jonathan Wilhite (Broncos)
Week 8: Plays in a scaled-back reserve role and totals 1 tackle in a 45-10 home loss to the Lions
Week 7: Starts as a fifth defensive back; leads team with 11 tackles and adds 1 quarterback hit in 18-15 win at Miami
Week 6: Bye
Week 5: Inactive in 29-24 loss to the Chargers at home.
Week 4: Nickelback gets the start in a 49-23 loss at Green Bay, finishes with four tackles and an interception
Week 3: Active as a reserve and registers a sack, 2 quarterback hits, 1 pass defended and 6 tackles in a 17-14 loss at Tennessee
Week 2: Active as a reserve and registers a sack and 4 tackles in a 24-22 home win over the Bengals
Week 1: Active as a reserve and doesn't register on the stat sheet in a 23-20 home loss to the Raiders

TE Will Yeatman (Dolphins)
Week 8: Inactive in a 20-17 loss at the Giants
Week 7: Inactive in an 18-15 home loss to the Broncos
Week 6: Inactive vs. Jets
Week 5: Bye
Week 4: Inactive in a 26-16 loss at San Diego
Week 3: Inactive in a 17-16 loss at Cleveland
Week 2: Inactive in 23-13 loss to the Texans
Week 1: Inactive in season-opening 38-24 loss to the Patriots

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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