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Former New England Patriots wideout Brandon Tate making his return to Gillette

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

It looks like a familiar face will be making his way to Gillette Stadium today.

When the New England Patriots drafted wide receiver Brandon Tate in the third round of the 2009 NFL draft, they had high hopes that he would be a star wideout someday.

Although he never really panned out as a receiver, Tate has found his niche -- in Cincinnati.

For the Bengals, Tate has established himself as one of the top kick returners in the game.

Averaging 25.1 yards per kick return and 9.8 per punt, it is no secret Tate is one of the best despite not being used in that role this season.

Instead, Tate is a reserve wideout. Catching six balls for 74 yards, he is a bit of a non-factor these days for an undefeated Bengals team.

It may not be the biggest return to Gillette Stadium, but Brandon Tate is a familiar face who was a key contributor in 2010 -- on special teams.