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Ben Tate | Running Back

Team: Cleveland Browns
Age / DOB:  (25) / 8/21/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 217
College: Auburn
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The Akron Beacon Journal describes new Browns OC Kyle Shanahan's offense as "predicated on being able to run effectively while mixing in the pass."
Browns LG John Greco also noted Shanahan will try to get his quarterback on the edges of the field. "We’re not kind of limited to just pocket passing," Greco said. "We can get people on the move." Shanahan's 2014 offense will very likely attempt to mirror the success of the Redskins' 2012 offense, which led the NFL in rushing and ranked 30th in pass attempts. Ben Tate will benefit if he can stay healthy, though Terrance West will be breathing down his neck. Jun 29 - 8:07 PM

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ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi believes Ben Tate would lose his starting job to rookie Terrance West "only through injury."

Tate knows OC Kyle Shanahan's run-game concepts, is functional in the passing game, and has plus-starter running ability. Injury has been his greatest obstacle. Tate has missed 24 games through his first four NFL seasons and played in many more at less than 100 percent. He's a dicey mid-round RB2.
Jun 27 - 2:38 PM

Browns RB Ben Tate said he does not see third-round pick Terrance West as a threat to his job.

"I’m not worried about that because I know when I’m on my game," Tate said, "there’s no one that can really touch me or that’s close to what I do." Tate probably is the best running back on the team when healthy, but the when-healthy part has always been a problem. He's missed 24 games through his four-year career, and ceded first-team carries to West during minicamp because he was "a little nicked up." Tate is the starter right now, but he will have to stay healthy to hold off the oncoming freight train named West.
Jun 12 - 7:51 PM

Browns RB Ben Tate was "a little nicked up" during minicamp, but "took reps when he could."

It's not a concern for Tate's training camp or Week 1 status, but is a reminder that this is a player who's spent the majority of his career a "little nicked up." Tate has big-time RB2 upside in OC Kyle Shanahan's zone-blocking rushing attack, but is an obvious injury risk. Tate's fantasy owners need to sweat rookie Terrance West, who is already dominating first-team OTA reps.
Jun 12 - 1:44 PM

The Browns are expected to field a conservative, run-based offense while Josh Gordon is suspended.

Come Week 1, the Browns could very well start a rookie quarterback with Jordan Cameron, Andrew Hawkins, Nate Burleson (arm), Greg Little, and Charles Johnson as Johnny Manziel's receivers. It's an obvious recipe for OC Kyle Shanahan to ease in Manziel, pound the rock with his zone-blocking scheme, and rely on an underrated defense that should improve under Mike Pettine. Ben Tate is going to get all he can eat, along with Terrance West. Former five-star Georgia running back recruit Isaiah Crowell is a talented Browns UDFA to watch.
Source: ESPN.com
May 12 - 8:07 AM

Ben Tate's two-year contract with the Browns contains $750,000 in per-game roster bonuses in each season.

Due to durability concerns, the Browns structured the deal in a way that will keep Tate highly motivated to stay on the field. He got a $1.5 million signing bonus and a $1 million guaranteed base salary in 2014, and then will earn $46,875 for every game he's active in both 2014 and 2015. Tate has missed 24 games in his four-year career due to ankle, hamstring, foot and rib injuries.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 19 - 8:55 AM

ESPN Cleveland says the Browns' concerns about Ben Tate's durability led to a team-friendly two-year deal.

Tate has missed 24 games in his four-year career, battling ankle, hamstring, foot and rib issues. So he had to watch as far less talented backs such as Donald Brown and Toby Gerhart inked deals worth $10.5 million over three years. Tate got two years and "up to" $7 million. If healthy, he'll be a strong bet to outperform that contract as an ideal one-cut, downhill fit for the Shanny & Son zone-blocking scheme.
Mar 17 - 8:51 AM

Browns agreed to terms with RB Ben Tate, formerly of the Texans, on a two-year contract worth up to $7 million.

Tate was the best running back on the market, but the Browns were the only team to make a public run. Extremely injury prone through the first four years of his career, Tate's contract is expected to be incentive-based. Coming from the Texans' zone-blocking scheme, Tate is a fit for ZBS OC Kyle Shanahan, but still has to prove he can stay on the field. Although Tate has impressive burst, his game lacks wiggle. He's a downhill runner who will need his blocking to click to have the breakout year many have long expected. Despite the question marks, Tate and his career 4.7 YPC have definite RB2 potential in Shanahan's tried-and-true running scheme.
Mar 15 - 2:38 PM

Free agent Ben Tate will sign with Cleveland today if he passes his physical.

The proposed contract is performance-based, meaning Tate will have to stay on the field to get paid. That has been a problem for Tate in his career. He already has two IR stints in four years and struggled through several nagging injuries in 2013. When healthy, Tate has the talent to make a difference in an improving Browns' offense. He is on the RB2 radar for 2014.
Mar 15 - 9:29 AM

Free agent Ben Tate is in Cleveland on Thursday for his Browns visit.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports Tate's visit, originally scheduled for Wednesday, was delayed by weather. There's still a chance Tate signs on his first visit. Tate is our top free agent running back still available, followed by Andre Brown, Knowshon Moreno, Maurice Jones-Drew, James Starks, LeGarrette Blount, and Anthony Dixon. It's not a good year to be a free agent back.
Mar 13 - 8:30 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Browns are hosting Ben Tate for a free agent visit.

The free agent market has been established for running backs at three years, $10.5 million -- or at least that's what Toby Gerhart (Jaguars) and Donald Brown (Chargers) both received. Tate is still only 25 years old, and could be more willing to play on a one-year, "prove it" deal as a feature back in Cleveland. He needs to "prove" to teams that he can stay healthy for 16 games. Kyle Shanahan's rushing attack would be an excellent fit for his running skills.
Mar 12 - 11:03 AM

Free agent Ben Tate said that when healthy he is a "top-five running back in this league."

"When healthy" is an important caveat. Tate already has two IR stints in his four-year career, and has yet to survive a 16-game slate despite playing primarily as a backup. Tate is the best available running back in an underwhelming class, but his injury history makes it unlikely he breaks the bank in free agency.
Mar 8 - 11:56 AM

ESPN New York "hears" the Jets are "exploring" free agents Ben Tate and Donald Brown.

Odd. The Jets' running back situation is about the only one that appears to be set on the offensive side of the ball, with Chris Ivory an early-down pounder and Bilal Powell working best as a passing-down back. However, we know coach Rex Ryan is a big believer in running the ball down the defense's throat. Tate is the top free-agent back but is extremely injury-prone like Ivory.
Feb 23 - 12:27 PM

Browns GM Mike Lombardi was high on impending free agent Ben Tate when Tate came out of Auburn in 2010.

We have special insight into Lombardi's past thinking because he wrote for National Football Post before working at NFL Network, and eventually resurfacing in the NFL with Cleveland. Of Tate, Lombardi wrote "He has an ability to hit the hole with a burst and is a one-cut runner," going so far as to predict Tate would win 2010 Rookie of the Year. Lombardi also liked fellow free agent Anthony Dixon, whom he called a "good back ... who can run the power play effectively ... and has the ability to break tackles." The Browns need a running back.
Jan 13 - 2:59 PM

Impending free agent Ben Tate reiterated Monday that he does not expect to re-sign with the Texans.

The Texans need a quarterback, among other positions, and will get back Arian Foster for 2014. 25-year-old Tate isn't going to break the bank coming off a mediocre, injury-plagued contract year in Houston, but should surface as a 2014 starter. The Browns are among the teams expected to pursue him.
Mon, Dec 30, 2013 03:56:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Johnny Manziel
2Brian Hoyer
3Tyler Thigpen
4Connor Shaw
RB1Ben Tate
2Terrance West
3Edwin Baker
4Chris Ogbonnaya
5Isaiah Crowell
GLB1Ben Tate
2Terrance West
3RB1Ben Tate
2Terrance West
FB1MarQueis Gray
2Ray Agnew
WR11Miles Austin
2Travis Benjamin
3Charles Johnson
4Chandler Jones
5Taylor Gabriel
WR21Andrew Hawkins
2Nate Burleson
3Anthony Armstrong
4Conner Vernon
5Kenny Shaw
WR31Nate Burleson
TE1Jordan Cameron
2Jim Dray
3Gary Barnidge
4James Oboh
5Emmanuel Ogbuehi
K1Billy Cundiff