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Ben Tate | Running Back

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (26) / 8/21/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 220
College: Auburn
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Free agent RB Ben Tate will work out for the Lions on Tuesday.
It's Tate's second workout in the past couple weeks after he tried out for the running back-needy Cowboys in late May. Tate has garnered little interest since flopping badly with the Browns and Vikings last season. He's still just 28 (in August) and was viewed as the top free-agent runner last offseason. In Detroit, this may be a sign that Joique Bell (Achilles', knee) isn't close to 100 percent. Jun 8 - 6:20 PM

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Free agent RB Ben Tate is working out for the Cowboys Thursday.

Tate's 2014 season was draped in red flags as he was outplayed by Isaiah Crowell/Terrance West in Cleveland, complained about his role and was released. He then bounced to Minnesota and Pittsburgh, continuing to show zero burst. So it's highly unlikely he'd provide Dallas an upgrade on their current underwhelming stable of Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden, Ryan Williams and Lance Dunbar. Still, the Cowboys' desire to at least kick the tires on Tate suggests they're not done tinkering at the running back position.
May 21 - 9:29 AM

Ben Tate rushed five times for 19 yards in the Steelers' Wild Card loss to Baltimore.

Tate started and got the Steelers' first four carries, but played behind Josh Harris and Dri Archer for the rest of the game. He dropped a pass late in the fourth quarter that was intercepted by Ravens LB Terrell Suggs. Tate is unlikely to be back with the Steelers next season and could struggle to attract interest on the open market.
Jan 4 - 12:59 AM

Steelers signed RB Ben Tate.

It's a strong sign Le'Veon Bell (knee) will miss Saturday's game against the Ravens. Tate showed nothing as a runner this season, averaging 3.11 yards across 119 carries, but will offer a veteran presence behind greenhorns Josh Harris and Dri Archer. He could spend most of his time pass blocking, though he's never been sterling in protection. Tate is unlikely to see more than 5-6 touches in the Wild Card round.
Tue, Dec 30, 2014 02:34:00 PM

The Steelers are hosting free agent Ben Tate on Tuesday.

Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, the team is expected to sign Tate if all goes well during Tuesday's visit. It's an indication the Steelers are worried about Le'Veon Bell's (knee) Week 18 availability. At this stage of the week, we'd guess Bell will not play against the Ravens. Tate opened the season playing well for the Browns, but got progressively worse and ultimately looked slow and plodding on the field. The Browns cut him and Tate's ineffectiveness continued in Minnesota. He has very little to offer the Steelers.
Tue, Dec 30, 2014 08:30:00 AM

Vikings waived RB Ben Tate.

Tate made it all of five games in Minnesota, touching the ball in only three of them. Tate closes the book on his Vikings career with 13 carries for 38 scoreless yards (2.92 YPC). For the season, Tate's YPC sits at a dreadful 3.11. Although Tate is only 26, he's looked used up. Tate has a long history of minor injuries. According to ESPN's Field Yates, both the Colts and Cardinals tried to claim Tate in November. It's possible they'll try to do so again ahead of the playoffs, but we wouldn't be surprised if Tate passes through the wire unclaimed.
Tue, Dec 23, 2014 05:50:00 PM

Ben Tate didn't touch the football in the Vikings' Week 16 loss to the Dolphins.

He sat the bench behind lead back Matt Asiata and change-up runner Joe Banyard, who finished with seven touches. The Vikings have gotten nothing from Tate since claiming him off the waivers scrap heap over a month ago.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 04:59:00 PM

Ben Tate managed eight yards on five carries in the Vikings' Week 15 loss to the Lions.

Tate was the Vikings' second back through the rotation on Sunday, behind Matt Asiata and ahead of Joe Banyard. Tate will carry no fantasy value into Week 16 against the Dolphins.
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 07:32:00 PM

Coach Mike Zimmer said he'd like to get Ben Tate a few more carries this week.

Tate got just three carries in Sunday's overtime win against the Jets compared to 19 for Matt Asiata. "I think Matt probably had a few too many carries," Zimmer conceded. Tate should get up in the 7-10 touch range this week, but a brutal matchup at Detroit keeps him far off the fantasy radar.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 08:29:00 AM

Ben Tate had three carries for 15 yards in Week 14 against the Jets.

Tate played limited snaps behind Matt Asiata, but got more touches than Joe Banyard. He could push for a bigger role over the final three games. Asiata is averaging just 3.3 yards per carry.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 05:36:00 PM

Ben Tate rushed five times for 15 yards in the Vikings' Week 13 win over the Panthers.

They were Tate's first carries as a Viking. His longest went for nine yards, as he had minimal success. Matt Asiata got the start with Jerick McKinnon (back) out, while Tate was second in line, seeing all of his work in the second half when the game was out of reach. Tate can be left on the waiver wire across fantasy land.
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 04:58:00 PM

Ben Tate "will be active and have a role today," per NFL Network's Albert Breer.

Matt Asiata is out with a concussion, so Tate and Joe Banyard will back up Jerick McKinnon. We'd be surprised if Tate handled more than six touches off the bench against Green Bay. He's not a flex option.
Sun, Nov 23, 2014 10:53:00 AM

The Colts and Cardinals put in a waiver claim for Ben Tate earlier this week.

The Vikings were awarded Tate because they have the worst record. It's an interesting nugget as it suggests that the Colts are looking for an upgrade on Dan "Boom" Herron as the backup to ineffective Trent Richardson. Meanwhile, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has publicly complained about his team's struggles to run the ball as Andre Ellington is averaging just 3.03 YPC over the last eight games. The good news for Ellington owners is that Arians doesn't have anywhere else to turn right now -- Stepfan Taylor and Marion Grice are not threats.
Thu, Nov 20, 2014 10:50:00 AM

Vikings claimed RB Ben Tate off waivers from the Browns.

On the surface, it makes sense. The Vikings were hoping to get Adrian Peterson back in the fold this week, but the NFL instead chose to suspend him for the remainder of the season. Minnesota also doesn't seem ready to hand the reins over to Jerick McKinnon, while Matt Asiata has seen his snaps cut since McKinnon came onto the scene. Asiata is also averaging a pitiful 2.08 YPC over the past five games. Look for Tate to take over as the short-yardage back, in addition to splitting reps between the 20s with McKinnon. It may take some time for Tate to learn OC Norv Turner's offense, so we're not rushing to the waiver wire to add Tate, who looked really bad for the Browns. He's merely an RB3 until proven otherwise.
Wed, Nov 19, 2014 04:13:00 PM

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports ex-Browns RB Ben Tate "will be claimed" by a team before the Colts in the waiver order.

The Colts are 21st in line on waivers. There aren't any real obvious fits ahead of them, though the Ravens make some sense at 19th. Ex-Texans coach Gary Kubiak and OC Rick Dennison are now in Baltimore. Tate played for Kubiak for four seasons. The Ravens have Justin Forsett locked in atop the depth chart, but Lorenzo Taliaferro and Bernard Pierce haven't mustered up much behind Forsett in recent weeks. The Dolphins could also make some sense at 20th, as coach Joe Philbin seems to love plodding backs. This is purely speculation on our end.
Tue, Nov 18, 2014 08:23:00 PM

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QB1B.J. Coleman
2Caleb Hanie
3David Carr
4Rex Grossman
5Vince Young
6Brady Quinn
7Kevin Kolb
8Curtis Painter
9John Skelton
10Josh Portis
11Jerrod Johnson
12Adam Weber
13Jordan Rodgers
14Brendon Kay
15Logan Kilgore
16Trent Edwards
17Pat White
18John Parker Wilson
19Nate Enderle
20Nick Stephens
21Tyler Wilson
22Ryan Katz
23Colby Cameron
24Kyle Padron
25James Vandenberg
26Mike Hermann
27Nathan Stanley
28Dalton Williams
29Matt Brown
30Caleb TerBush
31Tim Jenkins
32Dayne Crist
33Brett Smith
34James Franklin
35Tommy Rees
36Brock Jensen
37Brandon Bridge
38Anthony Boone
39Connor Halliday
40Cole Stoudt
41Keith Price
42Collin Klein
43Rusty Smith
44Pat Devlin
45Kory Faulkner
46Alex Carder
RB1Pierre Thomas
2Steven Jackson
3Michael Turner
4Brandon Jackson
5D.J. Ware
6Chris Johnson
7Ryan Torain
8Beanie Wells
9Andre Brown
10Jalen Parmele
11Peyton Hillis
12BenJarvus Green-Ellis
13Jamie Harper
14Chris Rainey
15Terrance Ganaway
16Alvester Alexander
17Jewel Hampton
18Zach Brown
19Ronnie Wingo
20Evan Royster
21Ray Rice
22Mikel Leshoure
23Lance Ball
24Shonn Greene
25Isaac Redman
26Michael Bush
27D.J. Harper
28Tim Cornett
29Brandon Saine
30Stephen Houston
31Demitrius Bronson
32Alex Green
33Malcolm Agnew
34Derrick Strozier
35Armond Smith
36David Fluellen
37Roy Finch
38Tim Flanders
39Jordan Lynch
40Jordan Roberts
41Orwin Smith
42Henry Josey
43Kapri Bibbs
44Javarris James
45Josh Vaughan
46Darren Evans
47Delone Carter
48Anthony Allen
49Damien Berry
50Richard Murphy
51William Powell
52Deonte Williams
53Bradley Randle
54Quentin Hines
55De'Leon Eskridge
56Cierre Wood
57Stefphon Jefferson
GLB1Steven Jackson
2Michael Turner
3Pierre Thomas
4Chris Johnson
5Ryan Torain
6Beanie Wells
7Andre Brown
3RB1Pierre Thomas
2Chris Johnson
3Steven Jackson
4D.J. Ware
5Beanie Wells
6Andre Brown
FB1Lousaka Polite
2Vonta Leach
3Lawrence Vickers
4Le'Ron McClain
5Jacob Hester
6Jed Collins
7Tony Fiammetta
8Frank Summers
9Chris Pressley
10Brit Miller
11Will Ta'ufo'ou
12Bradie Ewing
13Maurice Hagens
14Stephen Campbell
15Chad Young
16Kadeem Jones
17Harvey Unga
18Owen Marecic
19Shaun Chapas
20Dorson Boyce
21Eric Kettani
22Braden Wilson
23Zach Boren
24Lonnie Pryor
25Ben Bartholomew
26Ina Liaina
27Quinn Johnson
28Owen Schmitt
29Brian Leonard
30James Baker
31Eddie Williams
32Alex Debniak
33Ryan Roberson
34Jonathan Amosa
35Rupert Bryan
36Cameron White
37Devonte Campbell
38Michael Zordich
39Jon Hoese
40Ben Guidugli
41Ryan D'Imperio
42Chad Abram
43Karl Williams
44Nate Eachus
45Jourdan Brooks
46Brock Bolen
WR11Nate Burleson
2Jabar Gaffney
3Santonio Holmes
4Laurent Robinson
5Titus Young
6Darius Johnson
7Chris Boyd
8Taulib Ikharo
9Keenan Davis
10Lamont Bryant
11Ryan Whalen
12Jamar Newsome
13Terrence Toliver
14Greg Childs
15Kevin Hardy
16Tim Benford
17Devery Henderson
18Richard Goodman
19Ben Obomanu
20Johnathan Haggerty
21Emmanuel Arceneaux
22Andy Tanner
23Matt Willis
24Lavelle Hawkins
25Brett Swain
26Chaz Schilens
27Kevin Ogletree
28Brian Robiskie
29Tiquan Underwood
30Charly Martin
31Marcus Jackson
32Derek Moye
33Kamar Jorden
34Nicholas Johnson
35Jordan White
36Chris Summers
37Da'Rick Rogers
38Sederrick Cunningham
39Zach Rogers
40Roy Roundtree
41Dan Buckner
42Will Murphy
43Chad Bumphis
44Robby Toma
45Carlin Isles
46Braylon Bell
47Naaman Roosevelt
48Darius Davis
49Mike Davis
50Cody Hoffman
51Kadron Boone
52Nathan Slaughter
53Quintin Payton
54Wilson Van Hooser
55C.J. Goodwin
56Terrell Sinkfield
57Jheranie Boyd
58Eric Rogers
59Rashaad Carter
60Demetrius Fields
61Scott Pillar
62Tyrone Goard
63Sam McGuffie
64Erik Highsmith
65Chip Reeves
66Mark Harrison
67Cole McKenzie
68Jamal Miles
69Rashad Evans
70T.J. Moe
71Jasper Collins
72Jeremy Ebert
73LaQuan Williams
74Diondre Borel
75Bert Reed
76Brandon Carswell
77Joseph Anderson
78Julius Pruitt
79Mardy Gilyard
80Jon Baldwin
81Chastin West
WR21Braylon Edwards
2James Jones
3Davone Bess
4Anthony Armstrong
5Kerry Meier
6David Nelson
7Greg Little
8Kealoha Pilares
9Drew Davis
10Raymond Radway
11Brandon Banks
12Donald Jones
13Jordan Shipley
14Eric Page
15Chris Givens
16Darius Hanks
17Mohamed Massaquoi
18Earl Bennett
19Steve Breaston
20Josh Cribbs
21Micheal Spurlock
22Donte' Stallworth
23Aaron Mellette
24Robert Gill
25Lanear Sampson
26Alec Lemon
27Lamaar Thomas
28Duke Calhoun
29Kerry Taylor
30Martel Moore
31Dominique Croom
32Travis Harvey
33Charles Hawkins
34Alex Gillett
35Kain Colter
36Nicholas Edwards
37Greg Hardin
38Eric Ward
39Jerry Rice Jr.
40Eric Thomas
41L'Damian Washington
42Lacoltan Bester
43Michael Jenkins
44Devin Aromashodu
45David Ball
46David Douglas
47Dale Moss
48Brandon Collins
49Tray Session
50Jeff Fuller
51David Reed
52Jarett Dillard
53Dezmon Briscoe
54Tim Toone
55Isaiah Williams
56Roberto Wallace
57Bobby Sewall
58Tori Gurley
59Ronald Johnson
60Terrence Austin
61Joe Adams
62Marvin McNutt
63Phil Bates
64Kevin Elliott
65Jared Green
66Mike Willie
67Michael Calvin
68Taveon Rogers
69Andrew DePaola
70James Shaw
71Devin Goda
72Early Doucet
73Darius Reynaud
74Deon Butler
75Patrick Crayton
76Jordan Harris
77Anthony McClung
78Jaz Reynolds
79Tyrell Williams
80Austin Hill
81Paul Browning
82Austin Franklin
83Alex Neutz
84Geraldo Boldewijn
85Kelsey Pope
86Micah Hatfield
87Perez Ashford
88Weston Dressler
89Jeremy Gallon
90Andy Cruse
91Anthony Amos
92R.J. Webb
93Andrew Helmick
94Jason Thompson
95Omarius Hines
96Gerrard Sheppard
97Rodrick Rumble
98Jerry Johnson
99Kevin Dorsey
100Brandon Kaufman
WR31Nate Burleson
2Jabar Gaffney
3Santonio Holmes
4Laurent Robinson
5James Jones
6Davone Bess
TE1Randy McMichael
2Leonard Pope
3Tony Scheffler
4David Thomas
5Zach Miller
6Kevin Boss
7Aaron Hernandez
8Adam Nissley
9Danny Noble
10Steve Watson
11Taylor Thompson
12Andrew Szczerba
13Billy Bajema
14Kevin Brock
15D.J. Williams
16Tommy Gallarda
17Daniel Graham
18Joel Dreessen
19Dan Gronkowski
20Martin Rucker
21Cameron Morrah
22Ben Hartsock
23Visanthe Shiancoe
24Weslye Saunders
25Jeron Mastrud
26Dominique Curry
27Zach Potter
28Colin Cloherty
29Tom Crabtree
30Brody Eldridge
31Nate Byham
32Dedrick Epps
33Nelson Rosario
34Mason Brodine
35Mike McNeill
36Hayden Smith
37Joe Sawyer
38Matt Furstenburg
39Ben Cotton
40David Rolf
41Jake Byrne
42Evan Wilson
43Kevin Greene
44Emmanuel Ogbuehi
45Jacob Pedersen
46D.J. Tialavea
47Justin Jones
48Asa Watson
49Brian Wozniak
50David Wright
51Jason Schepler
52Chase Clement
53A.C. Leonard
54Morrell Presley
55Jean Sifrin
56Evan Landi
57Taylor Cook
58Colin Anderson
59Travis Tannahill
60Nick Kasa
61Andre Hardy
62Tim Biere
63Brandon Barden
64Jamie McCoy
65Nathan Overbay
66Martell Webb
67Cameron Graham
68Michael Higgins
69Alex Silvestro
70Travis Beckum
71Richard Quinn
72Jake O'Connell
73Evan Moore
74Fred Davis
75Isaiah Stanback
K1Maikon Bonani
2Nate Freese
3Shayne Graham
4Billy Cundiff
5Rob Bironas
6Garrett Hartley
7Alex Henery
8Matt Szymanski
9Derek Dimke
10Danny Hrapmann
11Havard Rugland
12Austin Signor
13Morgan Lineberry
14Quinn Sharp
15Brett Baer
16Sergio Castillo
17Mitch Ewald
18Kevin Goessling
19Brett Maher
20Jose Maltos
21Adam Yates
22Zach Ramirez