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44 Ben Tate RB
Height/Weight: 5-10/220 | Birthdate: 8/21/1988 | Birthplace: Woodbridge, VA, USA | Team: Cleveland | College: Auburn | NFL Experience: 5 | Owned/Started%: 86/7 | Average Draft Position: 64.70
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Ben Tate a no-go for Week 2 battle against Baltimore


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) As expected, Browns featured back Ben Tate has been ruled out for the Week 2 game against Baltimore with a knee injury.

The team will again depend on impressive rookies Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell to make the ground game go.


Ben Tate expected to sit out again Week 3


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Browns coach Mike Pettine told reporters Wednesday he doesn't expect running back Ben Tate (knee) to make his return Week 3 against the Ravens. Tate was sidelined Week 2 against the Saints.

Mike Pettine: Ben Tate 'probably' won't play Week 3


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/15/2014) Browns coach Mike Pettine said running back Ben Tate "probably" won't play Sunday against the Ravens due to his knee injury, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Tate was inactive Week 2 and has said he's planning to return after the team's Week 4 bye.

Rookie Terrance West should make his second straight start Week 3.


Browns inactives set for Week 2


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) Several injured players have been deemd inactive for the Browns on Sunday with the Saints in town. Included are running back Ben Tate (knee), linebacker Barkevious Mingo (shoulder), tight end Jordan Cameron (shoulder) and defensive lineman John Hughes (hamstring).

The other inactives are wide receiver LaRon Byrd, cornerback Pierre Desir and defensive tackle Ishmaa'ily Kitchen.


Ben Tate suggests he will miss at least next two games


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) Browns featured back Ben Tate indicated Friday that he will not only be out Sunday, but at least the Week 3 game against Baltimore as well.

"The bye week comes as a good time," he told the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram. The Browns are off in Week 5.

Tate sustained a knee sprain in the season opener in Pittsburgh.


Ben Tate has been ruled out for Week 2


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) Browns coach Mike Pettine told reporters Wednesday running back Ben Tate will miss some time due to a knee sprain. He's already been ruled out for Week 2 vs. New Orleans.

Report: Ben Tate out 2-4 weeks with sprained knee


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) Browns featured back Ben Tate sustained a sprained knee in the season opener in Pittsburgh and will be sidelined 2-4 weeks, a source as told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.

The injury, which will not require surgery, will allow impressive rookies Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell to take over as the top backs. West rushed for 100 yards on 16 carries in the loss to the Steelers while Crowell scored two touchdowns.

Tate was also impressive, rushing for 41 yards on six carries before going down.


No updates for Ben Tate, Jordan Cameron Monday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/8/2014) Browns coach Mike Pettine told reporters Monday he does not have any updates on the status of running back Ben Tate (knee) or tight end Jordan Cameron (shoulder), both of whom left Week 1's game against the Steelers Sunday. Both players' status for Week 2 against the Saints will be updated when the team begins practicing Wednesday.

Ben Tate done for afternoon with knee injury


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) A return to the Sunday game in Pittsburgh has been ruled out for Browns featured back Ben Tate, who sustained a knee injury on a game-long 24-yard run in the second quarter. He finishes the game with 41 yards on six carries.

Ben Tate leaves game with knee issue


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) A knee injury has knocked Browns featured back Ben Tate out of the game in the second quarter of the game in Pittsburgh. His return is questionable.

It's his first game with his new team.


Fantasy owners should take wait-and-see approach to Ben Tate


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) Browns newcomer Ben Tate clearly established himself as the team's featured back by outperforming ballyhooed rookie Terrance West in the preseason. He is expected to be a three-down back, at least to start the year.

Now he must justify faith in him by performing well Sunday in Pittsburgh in his first stint as the go-to guy after spending several years as an often-used backup to Arian Foster in Houston. Tate rushed for 771 yards and four touchdowns on 181 carries last year, but has not played against the Steelers since 2012, when he managed 20 yards on just two attempts.

Pittsburgh ranked just 21st against the run last year and all indications are that it will struggle again this season in that area. The problem for Tate is that the Browns have shown no ability to pass the ball in exhibition play and are desperately lacking in receiving talent, which will allow the Steelers to stack the box against them in an attempt to stop the run.

Tate could wind up as a worthy second back or flex option, particularly in deeper leagues. But it might be wise to keep him sidelined until he proves he can run the ball effectively in Cleveland and the Browns show they can consistently work their way into the red zone.


Ben Tate figures to play on all three downs


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) The Browns need Ben Tate to be a three-down running back, reports ESPN.com. And coach Mike Pettine is comfortable Tate can handle that big of a role.

Behind Tate, the Browns have three rookie running backs. Top rookie Terrance West struggled in the preseason.

"He's ahead of those guys, and I think he's been solid in protection," Pettine told the website. "I think he does a nice job catching the ball. I would think that he has the edge over those guys as far as third down. That's not saying they won't be there, but probably the guy you can trust the most right now is Ben."


Ben Tate to face stacked boxes


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Browns running back Ben Tate is a perfect fit for the team's one-cut zone running system, but "he's definitely never seen boxes stacked the way they'll be against Cleveland," according to CBSSports.com's Will Brinson. That's one effect of receiver Josh Gordon's one-year suspension.

Cleveland has no wideouts capable of threatening defenses the way Gordon did.


Ben Tate rushes for 51 yards on 10 carries Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Browns running back Ben Tate carried the ball 10 times for 51 yards in his team's preseason game against the Redskins Monday.

Tate rattled off 19 yards on his first carry of the game that, unfortunately, came on third-and-21. He averaged less than four yards per carry over the rest of the first half as the Browns offense had trouble moving the ball, no matter who was under center. Tate lost just one carry to rookie Terrence West in the first half.


Ben Tate racks up 26 yards on the ground in debut


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2014) Browns running back Ben Tate got the start and looked sharp during Saturday's preseason opener against the Lions at Ford Field.

Tate worked the first two drives with the first-team offense. He ripped an 8-yard run on his first touch of the night. On his first touch of the second drive, he broke for a 6-yard run and fumbled before quickly recovering the loose ball. He had six carries for 26 yards, averaging 4.2 yards per clip in his first game with his new team.

Ben Tate 'will welcome help' in Browns' backfield


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) Browns running back Ben Tate is not worried about the emergence of rookie running back Terrance West. In fact, he embraces the rookie being an option out of the backfield for Cleveland.

"I will welcome help because I don’t want to run myself into the ground," Tate said, per the team's official website. "Of course, you want to be a guy who gets in a rhythm. But I will welcome help."


Terrance West keeps applying pressure on Ben Tate


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Browns running backs Ben Tate and Terrance West both had their moments in Sunday's practice, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. But West "continued to look more explosive and seemed to dole out more punishment," the paper said.

The two are vying for the starting job. While Tate said he has no doubt he's the team's best option, the paper noted "people watching training camp on Sunday may not feel the same."


Ben Tate vs. Terrance West is Browns' 'best competition'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Browns coach Mike Pettine told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that the "the best competition [in camp] might be Ben Tate and our guy Terrance West from Towson, who I really like." West is a 5-10, 225-pounder who has consistently impressed in offseason drills.

Even if Tate holds off the rookie, West is in line for substantial work.


Terrance West a legit threat to Ben Tate's job


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/20/2014) Terrance West has looked like anything but a small school rookie running back through the Browns' offseason practices. According to ClevelandBrowns.com's Vic Carucci, "it wouldn't be the least bit surprising" if West ousted Ben Tate from the starting role to begin the season. Carucci also suggests that West could see a significant amount of work even if Tate starts. 

Tate totaled 911 yards and four touchdowns for the Texans last year but dealt with rib injuries that ultimately cost him the last few games of the season. At Towson last year, West had 2,509 yards rushing last season with a ridiculous 41 touchdowns.


Mike Pettine declares committee approach in backfield


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2014) Despite the signing of free agent Ben Tate in the offseason, the Browns are planning on using a running back-by-committee approach this season.

"I think in the AFC North, you have to be running back by committee," Mike Pettine told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "You'd like to have a guy that can carry most of the load, but also be able to alternate guys ... you've got to be able to get fresh guys out there."

That "guy who can carry most of the load" will likely be Tate, but rookie third-rounder Terrance West has been particularly impressive in his early work, as has Edwin Baker. The Browns also have Dion Lewis, who is coming off a lost season due to a broken leg, left over from last year.


Ben Tate not worried about competition


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/12/2014) Browns running back Ben Tate isn't worried about any competition for the starting job from rookie Terrance West, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

"Truthfully, I don't look at it like that," Tate said. "You guys may see it like that, but there's nobody in that room that scares me. I'm just honest."

Tate said competing for playing time with Arian Foster in Houston has him prepared.

"If I come in here and say 'Oh I've got this locked down' and don't compete, that's how you lose your job," he said. "That's how you find your way out of the league fast. I'm a natural competitor. That's just in me. I went out there in Houston every day and tried to compete with Arian knowing I wasn't going to be the starter no matter what I did because he had already done things. So I'm going to naturally compete and I hope all the other running backs want to compete as well. As a group that's how we're going to get better as a unit."

Tate has spent time behind West in practice because, as coach Mike Pettine told the Akron Beacon Journal, he "was a little nicked up during minicamp." He is expected to be fine for the start of training camp.


Johnny Manziel becomes a Fantasy sleeper as a Brown


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/8/2014) One of the reasons Johnny Manziel was such a spectacular player in college was because he was able to extend a play and throw to a big receiver down the field. Landing with the Browns is a total win for Johnny Football because he'll have Josh Gordon, Jordan Cameron, Greg Little and Nate Burleson as down-field targets along with Andrew Hawkins as a quick, short-area weapon. Ben Tate rumbling in the backfield doesn't hurt either.

Another impressive factor is the Browns O-line, which has two studs in left tackle Joe Thomas and center Alex Mack. If the line can improve from last season (we're looking at you, Mitchell Schwartz), then Manziel will have time to make good throws.

Of all the places he could have gone in the draft, Cleveland's the best fit. Not only should he inject life into the franchise but he should end up starting in Week 1 against the Steelers. Expect Manziel to get taken late in every single seasonal draft as a combo backup Fantasy QB/sleeper who could get some serious trade value. He'll get picked in the middle rounds in dynasty/keeper leagues and should be considered a Top 5 choice in rookie-only drafts.

Ben Tate confident he'll break 1,000 yards


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2014) Since the Browns returned to the league in 1999, only three Cleveland running backs have gone over 1,000 yards rushing. Peyton Hillis did it in 2010, Jamal Lewis in 2007-08, and Reuben Droughns in 2005.

New Browns running back Ben Tate is confident he'll join the list.

"I would hope so,” Tate told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I would think. If I'm the starting guy and we've got 16 games."

Tate is excited that the Browns signed a traditional fullback, Chris Pressley, and that he'll finally get his chance to start.

"Playing football is fun, period, but it's a lot more fun when you are starting,” he told the paper. "You don't work that hard to get a carry here or there. It's a lot more difficult coming off the bench and getting a feel for the game and to get into a rhythm."


Pettine: We can 'absolutely' count on Ben Tate as a top RB


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/25/2014) Browns coach Mike Pettine was emphatic about how he sees new running back Ben Tate in the team's offense. When asked if he could count on Tate as a lead back, Pettine said: "Absolutely." 

The conversation at the NFL Owners Meeting in Orlando then turned to Tate's injury history. Pettine remained unfazed. 

"I don't have any issues with his durability," Pettine said of Tate. "I mean, here's a guy who had four broken ribs and played through it. It wasn't until he had the fifth one broken that he couldn't go anymore. He broke an ankle, to me that was more of a freak thing than anything else. But it's not like there's chronic injuries there. You bring in a guy that's got a chip on his shoulder, I think that's going to be in your favor. When there's a little bit extra motivation to play ... I think that helps separate you from the pack."

Pettine said he was OK with the depth behind Tate but also said he "wouldn't be surprised" if the team added another running back through the draft. 


Details in on Ben Tate's contract with the Browns


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/19/2014) New Browns running back Ben Tate has signed a two-year deal worth $6.2 million. According to ESPN, that includes a $1.5 million signing bonus and a $1 million base salary this season, effectively guaranteeing him $2.5 million.

He'll also receive nearly $47,000 in roster bonuses for every game he's active for in 2014 -- meaning he'll get $750,000 more if he stays healthy for 16 games. That's an important detail considering Tate has a history of missing some games. He has never played a full season and even missed his entire rookie year because of a broken foot suffered in the preseason. 

Tate is due a $2.2 million salary in 2015 with the same roster bonuses for games played.