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Roster spot #80 filled

May 19, 2008, 8:55 PM EST

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The Washington Redskins got up to the limit of 80 players under contract when they signed defensive back Steve Tate, an undrafted rookie out of Hofstra.

Tate played in 42 games in his four years at the university on Long Island, but he started only 12. According to the Hofstra Chronicle, that’s because his versatility:

“Tate doesn’t start for us, but he might be the best defensive back we have.” Defensive Backs Coach Lyle Hemphill said. “He plays both Cornerback and Safety. We can line him up anywhere.”

Hemphill explained. “He actually plays more snaps then anyone else in the secondary. He is always in giving someone a blow.”

Tate is 5-11, 184. He tried out during minicamp and got the call to sign a contract.

It would seem that his best shot at making the team is at safety, where his main competition comes from late-round draft picks Kareem Moore and Chris Horton.

The move puts the Redskins at the preseason limit of 80 players under contract. Their 10 draft picks do not count against this total until they are signed.

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