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33 Ben Tate RB
Height/Weight: 5-10/220 | Birthdate: 8/21/1988 | Birthplace: Woodbridge, VA, USA | Team: Minnesota | College: Auburn | NFL Experience: 5 | Salary: /images/football/nfl/players/170x170/1113529.png | Owned/Started%: 57/9 | Average Draft Position: 64.70

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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 | CBSSports.com
(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 | CBSSports.com
(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. 


Browns' backs could find success Thursday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/5/2014) The Browns' decision to move Terrance West into the top spot on their running back hierarchy didn't really pay dividends for them in Week 9 against the Buccaneers, but things could work out better in Week 10 against the Bengals Thursday.

The Bengals opened the season doing a solid job against running backs, but their defense has fallen apart since their Week 4 bye. Over the last five games, eight different running backs have racked up at least nine Fantasy points against the Bengals, a stat that also bodes well for recently deposed starter Ben Tate.

Tate and West shared the workload pretty evenly last week, though Tate had the edge in carries (13 to 10) and snaps (55 percent to 45 percent). Still, with this kind of matchup on the way, Fantasy owners might find some value in both players. West seems like the better play in Week 10, but both could find their way into your lineup if you have bye weeks or injuries leaving you shallow at the position. 


Browns RB situation getting messier by the week


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/2/2014) A report came out early Sunday that rookie Terrance West could lead the Browns in carries Week 9 against Tampa Bay, and sure enough, he did. But he didn't put the Browns' running back controversy to rest with his performance, picking up just 48 yards against a defense that entered the game ranked 31st against the run.

Of course, Ben Tate, who had been the Browns' primary ball carrier leading up to Week 9, was even worse, netting just 3 yards on 10 carries. Strangely enough, though, he suddenly became a factor in the passing game, catching a season-high four balls for 29 yards.

Meanwhile, Isaiah Crowell, who has been the most productive rusher of the three on a per-carry basis, was nowhere to be found. He was active for the game but didn't have a single carry or catch.

Because West clearly outperformed Tate and did at least score a touchdown on his one catch of the game (a 2-yarder in the third quarter), he probably earned himself another long look Week 10 at Cincinnati, but with no one player standing out in this three-headed mess, you might just want to avoid Browns running backs for now. West is worth a flier off the waiver wire, but that's about all I can say for him.


Browns RB West outshines Tate in sluggish team effort


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/2/2014) Reports that Browns rookie running back Terrance West would receive more carries than established starter Ben Tate against visiting Tampa Bay on Sunday proved accurate. The former also outperformed the latter - which isn't saying much.

With a revamped offensive line failing to produce holes, West managed to rush for 48 yards on 15 carries and add a touchdown catch for two yards in which he got wide open for the flip from quarterback Brian Hoyer. Tate was held to a mere three yards in 10 attempts, but did contribute four receptions for 29 yards.


Report: West to get bulk of carries Sunday for Browns


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/2/2014) Rookie Terrance West will receive the most carries among the Browns backfield triumvirate Sunday against Tampa Bay, a source has told ESPNCleveland.com.

Ben Tate has been considered their feature back with Isaiah Crowell also in the mix.


Ben Tate continues troubling trend


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/26/2014) Browns running back Ben Tate made up for a subpar game overall in Week 8, as he scored a late touchdown in a 23-13 win over the Raiders.

Tate rushed for just 26 yards on 15 carries, and was a nonfactor in the passing game, so the touchdown turned out to be pretty important for Fantasy owners. With a couple of young running backs on the roster possibly pushing him for playing time, a subpar effort isn't good to see, however, Terrance West rushed for just 11 yards on seven carries himself Sunday, so there doesn't seem to be much reason to think Tate cost himself.

Tate has averaged 3.1 yards per carry or less in three straight games, so this continues a unfortunate trend. Still, he had 124 yards on 22 carries in his first game back from a knee injury, so there is little reason to think this is a lingering issue.

It is probably fair to chalk this up to a slump and assume Tate will turn things around, perhaps as soon as Week 9 against a Buccaneers team that is allowing the fifth-most Fantasy points to opposing running backs in the league. 


Touchdown lone Sunday highlight for Browns RB Ben Tate


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/26/2014) Browns featured back Ben Tate now has just 61 yards rushing in his last 32 attempts, courtesy of a 16-for-25 effort Sunday against Oakland. But he did soothe his frustrations a bit with 2:26 remaining in the game.

That's when Tate found a hole up the middle for his third touchdown of the season. He also caught one pass for eight yards in the Cleveland victory. His recent struggles mirror those of the entire backfield since center Alex Mack was knocked out for the season with a broken leg.

Tate will try to get the ground game back on track when the Browns host the Buccaneers in Week 9.


Browns looking for a back to 'separate himself'


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/23/2014) Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said the team is looking for one running back to "separate himself," according to ESPN.

Shanahan stressed that he's been happy with the play of Ben Tate, Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West, but added that he would love it if one of them stepped up. "We got a bunch of solid guys who do a good job," Shanahan said. "For one of those to get the bulk of the carries and take off, then that’s up to them. They got to show us they’re ahead of the other guys." 

Shanahan has had a history of riding one primary back in the past. "I’ve never had to rotate a bunch of running backs, because usually I’ve had a running back who’s usually able to separate himself from the others," he said. 

Tate is currently receiving the bulk of the carries for the club, but the team has mixed in Crowell and West frequently. 


Rebound seems likely for Ben Tate


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/23/2014) With what seemed like a tailor-made matchup Week 7 at Jacksonville, Browns running back Ben Tate had by far his worst performance in three games since returning from a knee injury, gaining just 36 yards on 16 carries. So is he still a safe bet with what seems like another favorable matchup Week 8 against Oakland?

Well, as safe as any non-pass catching back can be in today's NFL. If the Browns fall behind by a couple scores, as unexpectedly happened against the Jaguars, he'll disappear from the game plan. But of course, the Browns have been competitive in every other game this season, so you have no reason to believe they won't be against a winless Raiders team.

And the numbers all work in Tate's favor. The Raiders rank 29th against the run, allowing 145.3 yards per game, and have given up the third-most Fantasy points per game to running backs. Andre Ellington and Branden Oliver have performed nicely against them the last two weeks.

Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard both rank Tate about 15th among running backs despite the disappointment of last week, and I'm with them. I don't see a scenario where I sit him.


Browns might not use three running backs Week 8


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/22/2014) Browns coach Mike Pettine said Wednesday the team might not use three running backs Week 8 against the Raiders after Ben Tate, Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West had trouble getting into the flow of the game during a Week 7 loss at Jacksonville.

Crowell and West both admitted their limited reps impacted how they performed Sunday, according to The Plain Dealer.

"We'll make a decision at the end of the week,'' Pettine said. "I don't want to lock it in and say we're set on three.''