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Auden Tate a surprise inactive for Bengals in Week 2

The Bengals are scratching Auden Tate for Week 2. We break down what it means for the rest of Joe Burrow’s wide receivers.

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Auden Tate during the Bengals Training Camp on August 30, 2020, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, OH. Photo by Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Cincinnati Bengals released their inactives for Week 2 Thursday Night Football, and they had a bit of a surprise. The team deactivated wide receiver Auden Tate, making him a healthy scratch for the matchup the Cleveland Browns.

This is not the most surprising development after Tate was fairly limited in Week 1. He played 15 snaps but was not targeted a single time in the passing game. A.J. Green led the way with nine targets, followed by a four-way tie for second with five targets. That group included tight end C.J. Uzomah, wide receivers Tyler Boyd and John Ross, and running back Gio Bernard.

This could open the door for more work for rookie Tee Higgins after a quiet debut in Week 1. Higgins played 15 snaps, but was not targeted in the passing game. Higgins is not worth starting yet, but is worth tracking to see if he does in fact get the workload boost.