Updated Sept. 5, 2011 @ 3:49 a.m. ET
The Bengals went to the waiver wire for some 11th-hour personnel help on Sunday, signing former Patriots WR-KR Brandon Tate, ex-Eagles OL Mike McGlynn and ex-Dolphins TE Mickey Shuler.
Tate, who was released by New England in its final cutdown, could provide a home-run threat both as a kickoff returner and as a receiver. Last season the 2009 third-round draft choice ranked sixth in the league with a 25.8-yard kickoff-return average, including two returns for scores. And in 10 starts at wide receiver, he had 24 receptions for 432 yards and three touchdowns.
McGlynn provides much-needed depth and versatility to the offensive line, which will be losing starting ORG Bobbie Williams for the first four games because of a suspension for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances. McGlynn, who started 14 games at center for Philadelphia last season, can also play guard and tackle. He could challenge fourth-round rookie Clint Boling and 2010 fifth-rounder Otis Hudson for the job of replacing Williams in the first four games.
Shuler, who played in six games and started two in Miami last season, provides a new backup at tight end behind Jermaine Gresham, now that Bo Scaife has been placed on injured reserve and Chase Coffman has been waived. The only other tight end on the roster is undrafted rookie Colin Cochart.
To make room for the roster additions, the Bengals waived Coffman, WR Quan Cosby and C Reggie Stephens.