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Broncos workout wide receiver/returner Brandon Tate

Could the Broncos replace Norwood with the veteran Brandon Tate?

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle and of the National Football Post, the Denver Broncos worked out veteran wide receiver/Returner Brandon Tate.

The longtime Cincinnati Bengals receiver/returner was released earlier this week when the Bengals trimmed their roster down to 75 players. This allowed Tate time to sign with another team before the season started.

Tate is entering his 8th season in the NFL and will turn 29 in October but still offers some help at wide receiver and at kick and punt return. During his seven NFL season's Tate has totaled 57 receptions for 901 yards and 6 touchdowns. However, Tate has made his living in the kick and punt return side of the ball. During his 7 year career, he has totaled 190 kick returns for 4,680 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also has 154 career punt returns for 1,415 yards and 1 touchdown during his career.

This is interesting because the Broncos have veteran Jordan Norwood on the roster in the slot/return role. He has taken first-team slot receiver reps with the Broncos and beat out rookies Kalif Raymond and Bralon Addison for the return man job. So it was assumed that he has locked up the job, but with the Broncos working out Tate, maybe his job isn't so secure after all?

With the Broncos already game planning and preparing for their week one matchup against the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night I think they would like to finalize their roster as soon as possible. So if they do sign Tate, I expect it to come down sometime tomorrow. This would allow to get somewhat familiar with the team, coaches, and playbook prior to Thursday Night's game.