Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer
Auden Tate, a rookie seventh-rounder out of Florida State, hasn't been able to translate his great preseason into playing time in the regular season, and apparently his leash is short right now. The Bengals played him only one snap on the first drive of the game and then sat him for the rest of the day. Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said that was because Tate didn't run his route correctly, resulting in a catch that looked short of the sticks on third down. "He didn't get the depth. ... He's short of the design of the route. And last week he dropped a ball in his one opportunity," Lewis said. "He's a young player, he's got some ability. Hopefully he'll make some plays if he continues to get an opportunity down the stretch." Lewis also implied there's no rush to get Tate playing time despite injuries to several of the pass catchers. Lewis also said: "He'll get there when he gets his opportunity ... His involvement in the offense is what it is. This is a guy who has been on the practice squad for a reason. He's been a free agent for all 32 to take a look at. You see what I'm saying? It is what it is. You're not many times going to take a guy off the practice squad and win an NFL game with them."