Forgot Log-in or  Password? |  Help  Not a member, Register Now!
      
Fantasy Football Today
Fantasy Football Today Blog
Gameday Inactives
2014 Draft Prep Guide
Downloadable Draft Kit
Mock Drafts
Get Your Draft Board
Player News
Stats
Players
Depth Charts
Roster Trends
Columns
Injury Report
Projections
Rankings
Schedules
Scores
Fantasy Games
Playoff Challenge
Commissioner
Prize Leagues
Free
Office Pool Manager
Game Pick'em
Player Challenge
Fantasy Baseball Today
Fantasy Baseball Today Blog
2015 Draft Prep Guide
Mock Drafts
Player News
Stats
Players
Depth Charts
Roster Trends
Columns
Injury Report
Rankings
Projections
Schedules
Probable Pitchers
Scores
Standings
Fantasy Games
Commissioner
Free
Prize Leagues
Player News
Stats
Players
Columns
Injuries
Projections
Rankings
Schedules
Message Boards
Fantasy Games
Commissioner
Free
Player News
Stats
Players
Columns
Injury Report
Projections
Rankings
Schedules
Mock Drafts
Scores
Standings
Fantasy Games
Commissioner
Free
Prize Leagues
Downloadable Draft Kit
Player News
Stats
Players
Columns
Injury Report
Projections
Rankings
Schedules
Mock Drafts
Scores
Standings
Fantasy Games
Commissioner
Free
Prize Leagues
No Fantasy Teams Found
 
player photo
 
34 Ben Tate RB
Height/Weight: 5-10/220 | Birthdate: 8/21/1988 | Birthplace: Woodbridge, VA, USA | Team: Pittsburgh | College: Auburn | NFL Experience: 6 | Salary: /images/football/nfl/players/170x170/1113529.png | Owned/Started%: 53/4

Latest Updates

 

Dumping of Ben Tate has Browns calming tensions in backfield


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2015) Browns running back coach Wilbert Montgomery has expressed optimism in regard to his backfield after a 2014 season in which friction revolving around free agent addition Ben Tate became toxic.

Tate was waived in November after losing carries to rookies Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell.

"[Tate] came in early and they paid him [free agent] money to come here so he felt he was 'the guy' and the other guys were in his way," Montgomery told the Northeast Ohio Media Group. "Everybody [now] is out relaxing and playing.

"It was bad. They would get into it, you know, in the locker room, just having words, and in the meeting room, and it takes away from what you are doing out on the field. It becomes a distraction. It's a serious thing, it's a hard thing, but then you have to move on like we did and let these young guys grow."

The competition should be heated again this year with the addition of third-rounder Duke Johnson, but Montgomery is claiming that in 2015 there are no personality clashes.

Tate has yet to find a team for this season.


Report: Ben Tate, Daniel Thomas to work out for Lions


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2015) Two veteran free agent running backs will work out for the Lions on Tuesday, per a report from NFL.com.

Ben Tate, who has rushed for 2,325 yards in five years with three teams, will fly to Detroit for a tryout, sources say. The 26-year-old Tate played for Minnesota and Cleveland last year. 

Daniel Thomas, the 27-year-old running back, will also work out for the Lions. Thomas has played all four years of his career with Miami, rushing for 1,480 yards. 


Report: Ben Tate working out for Cowboys on Thursday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Running back Ben Tate is working out for the Cowboys on Thursday, according to a report by ESPN's Josina Anderson.

Tate has played for Houston, Cleveland, Minnesota and Pittsburgh in his four-year NFL career. 


Steelers running backs do little in relief of Le'Veon Bell Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/3/2015) Steelers running backs Josh Harris and Ben Tate were able to find little running room in Saturday's 30-17 loss to Baltimore. Harris ran nine times for 25 yards while Tate had five carries for 19 yards.

As a team, Pittsburgh managed just 68 yards on 19 carries in relief of star running back Le'Veon Bell, who missed Saturday's game with a knee injury.


Big Ben: Can't expect much from Ben Tate this week


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12/31/2014) Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said it's unrealistic to expect a lot from newly-signed running back Ben Tate in Saturday's playoff game against the Ravens.

“I don’t know how you could come in in a couple of days and learn a new offense,” Roethlisberger told ESPN.com. “I think if we can put together a specific package, a few runs here, a few passes there, I think he could help us if we need him to.”

If starter Le'Veon Bell (knee) can't play, rookie running back Josh Harris would start and be spelled by rookie Dri Archer and Tate. Harris, an undrafted free agent out of Wake Forest, rushed five times for 7 yards Week 17 but had a 59-yard run called back on a penalty.

The Steelers are 3-point home favorites.


Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell: 'I feel great'


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12/31/2014) After walking down the hallway with no discernible limp, Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell stood by his locker Wednesday and told NFL Network, "I feel great." But when asked if that meant he'd play Saturday against Baltimore, Bell replied: "I'm just going to take it day by day."

The Steelers are operating under the assumption Bell won't be available due to his hyperextended knee, though coach Mike Tomlin said the team will "leave the light on" for him. Bell reportedly could barely walk Monday, so he's showing progress.

Pittsburgh signed free agent running back Ben Tate on Tuesday, adding him to the backfield mix with Josh Harris and rookie Dri Archer.

The Steelers are 3-point home favorites Saturday night.


With Le'Veon Bell injured, Steelers sign RB Ben Tate


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12/30/2014) The Steelers announced they signed free agent running back Ben Tate, and he's expected to be in uniform Saturday night when Pittsburgh hosts Baltimore in the playoffs.

The Steelers needed a running back with Le'Veon Bell looking unlikely to play. Bell sustained a hyperextended knee Sunday night against the Bengals.

Tate joins Josh Harris and Dri Archer in the backfield after playing eight games for the Browns and Vikings this year. To make room on the roster, Pittsburgh released wideout Justin Brown.

The Steelers are 3-point favorites over the Ravens.


Tomlin: RB Bell won't necessarily play if medically cleared


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12/30/2014) Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said running back Le'Veon Bell rode a stationary bike Tuesday as he tries to recover from the hyperextended knee he suffered Sunday night. Whether Bell plays Saturday night against the Ravens will depend on how he feels and how effective he can be, not on whether he gains medical clearance, Tomlin said, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

If Bell, a superior receiver, can't play, the Steelers could play third downs without a running back, Tomlin acknowledged. Pittsburgh will go with Josh Harris and Dri Archer at running back and might sign free agent Ben Tate, who visited Tuesday.

The Steelers are favored by 3.


Report: Steelers hosting RB Ben Tate


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12/30/2014) With running back Le'Veon Bell (hyperextended knee) uncertain to play in Saturday's playoff game against the Ravens, the Steelers are bringing in running back Ben Tate for a visit Tuesday, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter. Pittsburgh is expected to sign Tate if the visit goes well, the report said.

Tate played in eight games for the Browns and Vikings this season, rushing for 333 yards and four touchdowns. As of now, Josh Harris and Dri Archer would be the Steelers' main ballcarriers if Bell can't play.

The Steelers are favored by 3 at most sportsbooks.


Report: Vikings release running back Ben Tate


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/23/2014) The Vikings have released running back Ben Tate, according to ESPN NFL reporter Field Yates.

Tate was picked up by Minnesota after being cut by Cleveland and appeared in three games for the Vikings. He total 13 carries for 38 yards for the Vikings in three weeks of action. 

Tate has 371 yards and four touchdowns on the season.


Report: Vikings RB Ben Tate will be active and have role Week 12


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/23/2014) Vikings running back Ben Tate will be active and have a role on offense Sunday against the Packers, a source told NFL Network. Tate joined the Vikings just four days ago after being claimed off waivers from the Browns.

The Vikings' backfield is banged up heading into Week 12. Running back Matt Asiata will be sidelined due to a concussion, while running back Jerick McKinnon is listed as probable due to a lower back injury.


Norv Turner says Jerick McKinnon is 'our running back'


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(11/20/2014) Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner clarified the team's backfield situation Thursday, and it was good news for rookie Jerick McKinnon. Turner said the team claimed running back Ben Tate because of injuries at the position and that Tate was not brought in to take McKinnon's job.

"Obviously, we're in a situation where [Wednesday] we had one back that could practice, so the timing of [Tate] being released and the opportunity for us to add a back, certainly it was good timing," Turner told the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

"We're excited about Jerick and what he's done, and I see him as our running back," Turner added.

McKinnon did not practice Wednesday due to a back injury, but is expected to be fine for Sunday's game against the Packers. Running back Matt Asiata's status is in doubt after he suffered a concussion Week 11, Turner told the paper.


Report: Vikings claim former Browns RB Ben Tate


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/19/2014) The Vikings have claimed deposed Browns featured back Ben Tate off waivers in the wake of the suspension that has sidelined Adrian Peterson for the rest of the season, according to multiple reports.

Tate proved disappointing after signing a free agent contract with Cleveland. He expressed dissatisfaction after losing playing time to rookies Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell. He had just two carries for minus-9 yards in the Sunday loss to Houston, which led to the Browns placing him on waivers.

Another rookie now stands in his way of significant reps. It remains to be seen how much Tate plays with Minnesota, which has been featuring Jerick McKinnon in the backfield. McKinnon is averaging 4.9 YPC this season. Tate has just 90 yards in his last 53 carries for a 1.7 YPC average during that stretch.


Report: Colts 'appear interested' in RB Ben Tate


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(11/18/2014) Down to two healthy running backs, the Colts have "begun researching running back Ben Tate -- including his character and potential fit in Indy's scheme -- and appear interested in possibly claiming him off waivers from the Browns," reports ESPN.com.

Cleveland waived Tate on Tuesday as the Browns opted to move forward with rookies Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West. Tate averaged 3.1 yards per carry but scored four touchowns in eight games.

Indy just lost running back Ahmad Bradshaw to a fractured fibula. Trent Richardson and Dan Herron are the only remaining backs on the Colts' active roster.

Cutting Ben Tate not necessarily a sure thing


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/18/2014) Your kneejerk reaction to finding out that Ben Tate has been waived by the Browns will be to cut bait with Tate. With just a few weeks left until the playoffs and waivers set to run Tuesday night, that is a totally defensible decision to make.

However, you shouldn't just rush out to drop Tate for anyone. There are enough teams out there with running back issues that it wouldn't be a surprise to see him catch on quickly. The Colts are an obvious candidate after Ahmad Bradshaw's leg injury, but there are several teams who could be in the market for running back help, so he should find work soon.

Tate was a big disappointment after signing a free agent contract with the Browns, rushing for just 3.1 yards per carry in eight games. Still, he has shown enough prior in his work with the Texans to justify a spot on an NFL roster, and that means he might still have Fantasy value. With how fungible running backs are, and how quickly their fortunes can turn around, hanging on to Tate for another week or so to see where he lands might not be the worst idea, if you can spare the roster spot. 


Browns waive running back Ben Tate


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/18/2014) The Browns announced Tuesday they waived running back Ben Tate, who was in his first season with the team. Tate signed a two-year deal with Cleveland in the offseason.

Tate rushed for 333 yards and four touchdowns on 106 carries in eight games. He also had nine catches for 60 yards.

However, his role in recent weeks has diminished as Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West have seen their playing time increase. Tate expressed his frustration last week when he said he would "be lying" if he was satisified with the Browns' three-back rotation, according to Cleveland.com.


Browns coach Pettine addresses Isaiah Crowell's surprise start


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2014) Browns coach Mike Pettine addressed Isaiah Crowell's surprise start in Week 11 against Houston during his Monday news conference, per the Akron Beacon Journal.

"Crowell was a guy that had practiced well, we felt really good about where he was and progress he made," Pettine said.

Crowell registered 14 of Cleveland's 24 carries and played 51 of 77 offensive snaps on Sunday. He finished with 61 rushing yards. Ben Tate played only 16 snaps and Terrance West logged 10 snaps.

When asked if there was an attitude issue with Tate, Pettine responded with, "nothing that I would speak on here."


Isaiah Crowell takes the wheel for Browns' running game


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) The roulette wheel that is the Browns backfield landed on Isaiah Crowell in Week 11, as Terrance West and Ben Tate took a back seat in a 23-7 loss to the Texans.

Crowell got the bulk of the work Sunday, as he picked up 14 of the team's 24 carries Sunday, while hauling in the only two passes the team's backs had in the game. He rushed for 61 yards and had 91 all-purpose yards overall, though he also lost a fumble, his second lost fumble of the season.

Crowell, the undrafted rookie, has been the team's best option this season out of the backfield, though he had been limited to reserve work prior to Sunday's game. He leads the team in yards per carry and touchdowns, and it will be interesting to see whether they continue to look his way more down the stretch.

At this point, the Browns' backfield is a nightmare for Fantasy owners, so hopefully they can settle one lead back moving forward. For now, each player has his value, but none make sense as starters. 


Browns RB Ben Tate continues to struggle Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) The regression of Browns running back Ben Tate went full speed ahead Sunday against Houston.

He did not get the start against his former team. And when he did get the ball, he went in reverse. Tate lost three yards on his first attempt and six on his second. He also committed a costly penalty down the stretch.

Tate said after the game, however, that he was more upset with the defeat than with his lack of reps.


Report: Browns RB Isaiah Crowell to start against Houston


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) A superior practice week, which has been the criteria Browns coaches have used all season in doling out playing time, has resulted in Isaiah Crowell earning the start Sunday against Houston, according to several in the local media.

Crowell had been benched earlier in the year due to weaker practice sessions.

Former Texans standout Ben Tate and Terrance West are still expected to receive significant reps in Week 11.


Pettine opines on dissatisfaction of Browns RB Ben Tate


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/12/2014) Mike Pettine has defended Browns running back Ben Tate, who has expressed disappointment at sharing backfield duties with Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell and fallen behind the former as the go-to runner.

Pettine, however, promised no changes. "Ben's a competitor," Pettine said Wednesday. "And while I don't think it's good practice to kind of air how you feel publicly ... it's understandable. I think if you sat with every player and said, 'What's your agenda? What's your goal? How do you think your playing time should be handled? What do you see your role as?' we're not going to bat 1.000.

"There are going to be times where we have to choose as a staff what we feel is best for the team over what the individuals feels is best for him. I just think this is an example of that. Ben's a guy that wants the ball, wants to be out there, wants to be the guy. And so it's understandable when we started Terrance over him and had the results we had."

West rushed for 94 yards on 26 carries in the Thursday defeat of Cincinnati. Tate managed 34 yards on 10 attempts. Both backs, as well as Crowell, scored touchdowns.


Browns RB Ben Tate unhappy with limited role


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/12/2014) Browns running back Ben Tate, who signed a two-year deal in the offseason worth a reported $7 million, has indicated dissatisfaction with his current role with the team. He had anticipated his first experience as a featured back after sitting behind Arian Foster in Houston.

Instead, Tate has taken a back seat to rookie Terrance West and is also sharing time with Isaiah Crowell, another first-year player. He had the fewest carries among the three in the Thursday defeat of Cincinnati.

"It's not [satisfying]," Tate told ESPN. "But whatever the organization thinks is best for the team, that's what they are going to do." Tate also declined to comment on whether he would have signed with Cleveland had he known he was going to share the backfield work.

Tate rushed for 202 yards and two touchdowns in Weeks 5 and 6 combined, but has just 99 yards on 51 carries since. It's not all on him, however, as the loss of Pro Bowl center Alex Mack for the season to injury has severely weakened the ground game.


Pettine: Browns three-RB system 'week to week'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/8/2014) Browns running backs Ben Tate, Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell all played a role in the team's 24-3 win over the Bengals Thursday, but coach Mike Pettine indicated that the three-back system isn't necessarily here to stay, ESPN.com reports.

"We have options, and we can steer it a couple different ways," Pettine said. "(The versatility) can be problematic for a defense, as well, but I’m not going to sit here and say 'we’re committed to a three-running back system, here’s how we’re going to do it.' I would still put it in the week-to-week category."

The three backs combined for 169 rushing yards on 48 carries Thursday, with each receiving at least 10 carries and all three reaching the end zone. West led the charge with 26 carries and 94 yards, but the Browns' rushing hierarchy will likely continue to remain fluid moving forward.


Browns' Isaiah Crowell, Ben Tate take backseat, score anyway


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/7/2014) Browns running backs Isaiah Crowell and Ben Tate were used as backups Thursday night.

Terrance West was the Browns running back du jour, leading the team with 26 carries. Crowell managed to snag more carries than Tate, finishing second on the team with 12. He gained 41 yards, averaging 3.4 yards per carry. Tate finished last of the trio, carrying the ball 10 times for 34 yards. Though Crowell and Tate took a backseat to the rookie, both players were able to score during the contest. 

Crowell and Tate will take on the Texans Week 11. 


All three Browns backs to get time Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/6/2014) The Browns will utilize a hot hand approach at running back Thursday, according to ESPN.

Terrance West, Isaiah Crowell and Ben Tate are all expected to receive carries during the contest.  It's unclear which player will get the start, though. Last week, West led the way with 15 carries to Tate's 10. Crowell didn't have a catch or a carry despite being active for the contest.