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Bills sign veteran WR and return man Brandon Tate

The Buffalo Bills have added some competition for their return jobs.

The team signed veteran wide receiver Brandon Tate on Tuesday. The 28-year-old is an eighth-year NFL veteran who has spent the past seasons with Cincinnati. He is the Bengals’ all-time leader in punt-return yardage with 1,411, averaging 9.2 yards per return on 149 attempts. He’s also second in Bengals’ history with 3,517 kick-return yards.

A former third-round draft pick of the New England Patriots in 2009, Tate has played 98 career games (18 starts), with 57 catches for 901 yards and six touchdowns. He’ll compete with Reggie Bush for the punt-return job with the Bills, and with Bush and Walt Powell for the kick-return job.

The Bills also signed cornerback Marcus Roberson to the practice squad Tuesday. Roberson, 23, has 25 games of NFL experience, all with the St. Louis Rams. An undrafted free agent in 2014, Roberson played in 16 games last season, including four starts. For his career, he’s made 36 tackles, one interception and seven passes defensed.

He was released by the now-Los Angeles Rams last week during final cuts.

The Bills now have seven players on their practice squad, with room to add three more.

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