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Height/Weight: 5-10/220 | Birthdate: 8/21/1988 | Birthplace: Woodbridge, VA, USA | Team: Cleveland | College: Auburn | NFL Experience: 5 | Owned/Started%: 87/37 | Average Draft Position: 63.76
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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. 


Ben Tate ready to seize opportunity


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2014) Newly-signed Browns running back Ben Tate can't wait for his starting chance. “I feel like now that I’ve been given this opportunity that I can be one of the top backs in the league,” Tate said, per The Chronicle-Telegram. "I’m going to let my play speak for itself. But I want it to be known that I do feel like I’m a guy who’s gonna be a top-10, top-eight, top-five running back.

“Everyone will have their own opinion. After I play I think everyone is going to agree to kind of what I said. It’s been something I’ve been waiting for for a long time. So I’m just ready to grab this opportunity and run with it and show everyone what I’m all about.”

Tate averaged 4.7 yards per carry in 40 career games with the Texans, including nine starts. He'll boost a Cleveland running game that ranked 27th with 86.4 yards per game last season.


Ben Tate makes it official, signs two-year deal with Browns


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2014) After spending a few days in Cleveland, free agent running back Ben Tate signed a new deal with the Browns on Saturday, the Associated Press reports. Tate signed a contract worth up to $7 million over two years, according to Pro Football Talk.

Tate stepped in for an injured Arian Foster last season and managed to play 14 games despite nursing broken ribs. He rushed for 771 yards, averaging 4.3 yards per carry. Reunited with new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, Tate is expected to serve as the featured back in Cleveland.

Report: Ben Tate could sign with Browns on Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2014) The Browns could sign free agent running back Ben Tate as early as Saturday, according to WKNR-AM, which is further reporting that the contract would be filled with incentives that would require him to stay healthy. Tate reportedly visited the team on Thursday. He also tweeted a photo of the Terminal Tower on the Cleveland skyline, providing more of an indication of his leanings.

Tate will finally receive an opportunity to serve as a featured back. He has averaged 4.7 yards per rush as a backup to Arian Foster. He ran in a system similar to the one Browns new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is expected to use.

The Browns are desperate for a productive back, which they haven't had since Peyton Hillis ran wild in 2010. They have not employed a consistent 1,000-yard back since returning to Cleveland in 1999.


Ben Tate to visit Browns


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/12/2014) Free agent running back Ben Tate is scheduled to visit the Browns, reports NFL Network.

The report says "Cleveland is the spot that's the leader to land him. ... They've wanted him."

Tate, who has spent the first four years of his career with the Texans, is an unrestricted free agent.


Free agent Ben Tate: I can be an elite NFL featured back


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2014) Running back Ben Tate has played in the shadow of Arian Foster since 2011. He is now out to prove that he can be a premier featured back. He will receive that opportunity as an impending free agent.

"I think I can bring you an elite running back," he said via Fox 26. "...When I'm healthy I think I'm an elite running back in this league, and I feel like I can show my abilities and my numbers and my play will speak for itself."

Tate, who also confirmed that his career with the Texans is definitely over, averaged 4.7 yards per carry in his three seasons with that team.


Report: Jets interested in Ben Tate, Donald Brown


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2014) Although their greatest needs are at wide receiver and tight end, the Jets are exploring free agent running backs Ben Tate (Texans) and Donald Brown (Colts), reports ESPN.com. The news could mean the Jets aren't totally satisfied with the backfield combo of Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell.


Browns hiring of Gary Kubiak could lead to Ben Tate signing


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/24/2014) The possible hiring of former Texans head coach Gary Kubiak by the Browns for their offensive coordinator position could also benefit their pursuit of free agent running back Ben Tate.

The Browns are hot after Tate, according to ESPN. They played most of the season with Willis McGahee as their featured back until disenchantment set in.

Tate boasts a career YPC average of 4.7 and would constitute a huge upgrade for the Browns, who have no featured back at the moment.


Ben Tate says he won't be back in Houston


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/30/2013) Running back Ben Tate posted on Twitter that he doesn't expect to re-sign with the Texans this offseason. 

"Cleaned out my locker going to miss the guys on this team ... we have a lot of good ppl on this team and everyone was cool from the [t]rainers to the equipment guys," Tate wrote. " ... [B]eing drafted here I learned a lot that I will carry on for the rest of my career thanks Htown for all the support but odds are I won't be back."

Starting seven games, Tate had 771 yards on 181 carries with four touchdowns (three in the same game against the Patriots). He also caught 34 passes for 140 yards. 


Ben Tate says he's 'probably' done in Houston


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/24/2013) Running back Ben Tate told ESPN.com that he's "probably" played his last game with the Texans. Tate is on injured reserve with broken ribs after running for 771 yards and four touchdowns in 14 games.

"But we'll see," Tate added. "You never know what will happen. New coaches come in, some different things could happen."

Tate's four-year rookie deal expires at season's end.


Ben Tate heading to IR and free agency


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2013) Texans running back Ben Tate is heading to IR with a rib injury, ESPN has reported. Tate has been nursing sore ribs for several weeks, but aggravated the problem in the Week 16 game against Indianapolis.

Tate finishes the season with 771 yards on 181 carries and four touchdowns rushing and 34 catches for 140 yards receiving. He might have played his last game for the Texans as free agency is calling.


Ben Tate undergoes CT scan for rib injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2013) Texans interim coach Wade Phillips said Monday running back Ben Tate underwent a CT scan on his ribs after he got banged up Sunday against the Colts. Tate has been playing hurt since suffering four broken ribs several weeks ago.

Ben Tate again burned by flow of the game


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/15/2013) As happened last week at Jacksonville and has continued to happen throughout the Texans' 2-12 season, running back Ben Tate became an afterthought in the second half of a game his team was trailing Week 15 at Indianapolis. He got off to a great start with 12 carries for 62 yards in the first half but finished with 16 carries for 72 yards. He also had three catches for 20 yards, tying for second on the team with six targets.

It was the seventh time in eight games that he went without a touchdown. The one exception during that stretch was a three-touchdown effort against the Patriots.

Tate is clearly still the team's primary backfield option. No one else got more than four carries in Week 15. He'll hope for the rest of the offense to hold up its end of the bargain Week 16 against the Broncos.


Ben Tate active as expected


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/15/2013) Texans running back Ben Tate, who was limited in practice leading up to the game with a rib injury, is active for Week 15 at Indianapolis. Tate broke four ribs in Week 7 and has been on the injury report ever since, but he has yet to miss a game.