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Is Tate golden for Ravens, Bengals?

2/26/2010

INDIANAPOLIS -- Few receivers in the draft were bigger playmakers than Notre Dame's Golden Tate last season. He recorded 93 receptions for 1,496 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior.

With both the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals searching for a big-play receiver, would Tate be a golden match?

Tate said he has scheduled interviews with the Ravens, Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers this week at the NFL combine. But he doesn't have a preference.

"I want to play for whoever thinks I can help them next year," Tate said. "Whoever thinks I can come in, make a difference right away and help them go to a Super Bowl, that's who I want to play for."

Despite having two strong-armed quarterbacks in Baltimore's Joe Flacco and Cincinnati's Carson Palmer, the deep ball was very limited on those teams last season. Meanwhile, Tate averaged 17.2 yards per reception in his three-year career at Notre Dame.

On the field, Tate believes his skills are similar to Carolina Panthers receiver Steve Smith and Percy Harvin of the Minnesota Vikings, who are definitely big-play receivers. If Tate's projections are correct, he could be a potential prospect who could add excitement and playmaking ability that the Bengals and Ravens currently lack.

"I'm the kind of a guy who's going to go out there and make plays," Tate said. "I try my best to catch it and turn a 3-yard gain into a first down, or a 20-yad gain, or maybe even a touchdown."