I thought he would have made the PS for sure since Harper got swiped. I remember when Robinson became ill the team scrambled to get bodies at the FB position first with Bates who got injured and then Helfet.
I didn't think Bates' injury was too serious and he did gain weight from 220 to I believe to 232 to play the position. I thought he was a decent player who was a better WR overall than Harper, was having a good camp and his versatility was intriguing enough...
Now he's off the face of the earth and the team has tried out about 8 or so other WRs on the PS since the season began none of which I think were Bates (but I could be wrong).
#11 is the Gatling Gun, coming at Ds in multiple, unpredictable ways spreading the field horizontally.
#10 is the Sniper Rifle, if you don't respect his deep field speed opposing DBs will end up in a pink mist.
#24 is the Boomstick, get in his way when you're the lone defender, I dare you.