Ben Tate | RB | Cleveland Browns
Posted: 10/21/2014 11:06am et
Cleveland Browns RBs Ben Tate, Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West were held to 69 yards on 33 carries in Week 7, and head coach Mike Pettine suggested a change was coming for the trio. 'We'll have a discussion this week as to how to best rotate those guys,' Pettine said. West was benched Sunday, Oct. 19, after failing to pick up a first down in two short-yardage situations. He had room to run on both carries but danced in the hole on one carry and ran into his lineman on the other.
Huddle Up: Tate had been mostly effective until last week; in his absence the tag-team of Crowell and West had success as well. Based on recent events--including Sunday's benching--the best guess is that Crowell and Tate will battle for the lead role with the other serving as a change of pace, with West the odd man out. It's a volatile fantasy situation at best.
Posted: 10/2/2014 3:53pm et
Cleveland Browns RB Ben Tate (knee) is expected to start in Week 5 if he is able to play because Tate's experience allows the team to expand their playbook. RB Terrance West has been in front of RB Isaiah Crowell on the depth chart, but head coach Mike Pettine said Crowell may deserve more playing time. 'It's not an easy problem because if you spread it too thin over three then you run the risk of none of them really getting into the groove of the game,' Pettine said. 'If you restrict it to just two, now you're looking at potentially having a guy that's fresh on the sideline that's not doing anything. It is an issue and you kind of have to play it by ear.'
Huddle Up: Tate has been able to participate in practice this week, and it's looking like he'll see his first action since Week 1. For now, plan on having Tate available if you need him in your Week 5 starting lineup, and downgrade the fantasy values for Crowell and West.
Posted: 9/30/2014 4:42pm et
Cleveland Browns RB Ben Tate (knee) returned to practice Tuesday, Sept. 30, for the first time since spraining his right knee in the season opener Sept. 7. Tate was wearing a brace on his knee while doing individual drills. It means that Tate is likely to return to action in Week 5 against the Tennessee Titans. He's expected to return to the starting lineup, too, despite the solid play of RBs Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell in his absence. "That's what we brought Tate here for, to be the starter," running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery said last week. "He's the No. 1 running back in this offense. Right now, you can say we miss him. We miss his experience. We miss his leadership with the group. Speaking from that standpoint, we'll be open arms and welcome to have Ben back into the fold."
Huddle Up: There's always the injury risk hanging over Tate's head, but if he plays, he'll projects as the team's top fantasy RB option with the 2 rookies splitting the leftover carries.
Posted: 9/19/2014 2:06pm et
Cleveland Browns RB Ben Tate (knee) did not participate in practice Friday, Sept. 19, and has been ruled out for Week 3.
Huddle Up: That of course means another week with rookies Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell shouldering the load. Last week vs. the Saints, West had 21 touches, 90 total yards and a TD, while Crowell had 12 for 57 and no TDs. Neither lost a fumble.
Posted: 9/15/2014 8:53pm et
Cleveland Browns RB Ben Tate (knee) likely will not be able to play Week 3, according to head coach Mike Pettine.
Huddle Up: Rookies Terrance West (90 total yards, TD) and Isaiah Crowell (57 yards) stepped in ably Sunday, and their fantasy owners will again have them as starting options Week 3 against the Ravens.
Posted: 9/10/2014 9:18am et
Cleveland Browns RB Ben Tate (knee) will miss two to four weeks with a knee sprain. No surgery is required at this point. RBs Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell will fill in for Tate.
Huddle Up: Shocking that the oft-injured Tate didn't even last one game with his new team. West and Crowell both played well in Tate's absence, and that may be the Browns' backfield duo going forward; in other words, Tate may not necessarily return to a full-time gig when healthy.
Posted: 9/9/2014 2:51pm et
Cleveland Browns RB Ben Tate (knee) has no injury update on his status for Week 2, according to head coach Mike Pettine on Tuesday, Sept. 9.
Huddle Up: Tate, who finished Week 1 with 6 carries for 41 yards, left in the second quarter and didn't return with the unspecified knee issue. That's not good news -- especially given his injury history. Meanwhile, the Browns turned out to be more than fine using rookies Terrance West (16 rushes-100 yards) and Isaiah Crowell (5-32, 2 TDs) and might not be inclined to rush Tate back into action even if the injury turns out be minor.
Posted: 7/23/2014 2:25pm et
Cleveland Browns RBs Ben Tate and Terrance West will compete for the starting tailback job during training camp and the preseason, and it's a battle head coach Mike Pettine is looking forward to. 'And the best competition might be Ben Tate and our guy (Terrance West) from Towson, who I really like,' Pettine said Tuesday, July 22.
Huddle Up: The Browns traded up to get West, so he's definitely a franchise favorite. And with Josh Gordon sidelined, the Browns will have to run plenty so whomever wins this epic battle is looking at significant fantasy value.
Posted: 6/12/2014 8:43pm et
Cleveland Browns RB Ben Tate was nicked up at minicamp this week but took repetitions when he was able to, according to head coach Mike Pettine.
Huddle Up: It's been a rough offseason health-wise for a number of the Browns' key offensive players, but this doesn't sound like anything more than your average RB wear and tear.
Posted: 3/15/2014 7:37pm et
The Cleveland Browns have signed free-agent RB Ben Tate (Texans) to a two-year deal worth $7 million.
Huddle Up: It's the offseason move everyone expected, it just took a little longer. Tate gets out of Arian Foster's shadow and should get the opportunity to be the workhorse in Cleveland.
Posted: 2/24/2014 2:06pm et
The New York Jets are interested in free-agent RB Ben Tate and may also have interest in free-agent RB Donald Brown (Colts), who may be stuck behind RB Trent Richardson on the Colts' depth chart should he return.
Huddle Up: The Jets spent free agent money on Chris Ivory last offseason and received decent production from an Ivory/Bilal Powell tandem while Mike Goodwin was bogged down by off-the-field issues. There are plenty of offensive issues to address, and while the ground game might not be at the top of that list Tate and/or Brown would be intriguing additions to the run-heavy Jets offense.
Posted: 12/25/2013 12:29am et
Houston Texans RB Ben Tate, who will be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason, doesn't expect to return to the Texans in 2014. Tate confirmed it by saying he 'probably' won't be back but added, 'you never know.' Tate wants a chance to sign with a different team where he can become the starting running back.
Huddle Up: After missing his rookie season, Tate has had a solid 3-year run in Houston as Arian Foster's backup, and it's definitely now time for the RB to head out on his own.
Posted: 12/18/2013 2:45pm et
The Houston Texans have placed Ben Tate (ribs) on Injured Reserve.
Huddle Up: It's the Dennis Johnson show in championship week. If you are desperate to fill a RB or flex slot, Johnson is a decent option with Tate on IR.
Posted: 12/16/2013 10:50pm et
Houston Texans RB Ben Tate (ribs) underwent a CAT scan on the four injured ribs he has been playing with. Interim head coach Wade Phillips said Tate got banged up during the team's Week 15 game.
Huddle Up: Tate has been a warrior playing though the injury and has averaged 19 touches a game over the last 3 weeks. It certainly would be no surprise if Tate gets shut down st any time for the remainder of the season.
Posted: 12/2/2013 8:46pm et
Houston Texans RB Ben Tate (ankle, ribs) likely would've missed practice had the team practiced Monday, Dec. 2.
Huddle Up: Tate, who is still playing with rib fractures, is in a tough spot this week coming off a season-high 22 rushes and turning around on a short week with a game in Jacksonville on Thursday night. You're going to have to monitor Tate's status over the next few days if you're planning on using him Week 14.
Posted: 11/29/2013 7:49pm et
Houston Texans RB Ben Tate (ribs) was limited during practice Friday, Nov. 29, and is listed as probable for Week 13.
Huddle Up: Tate will regain his starting job after getting benched last week with Dennis Johnson probably seeing around 10 carries as well. Tate has a strong match-up versus a Patriots' defense that just allowed 280 yards rushing to Denver but it's hard to trust him as anything more than a flex play with Johnson cutting into his touches now.
Posted: 11/27/2013 6:51pm et
Houston Texans RB Ben Tate (ribs) was limited during practice Wednesday, Nov. 27.
Huddle Up: Tate will regain his starting job this week after getting benched against Jacksonville but expect Dennis Johnson to see around 10-12 carries as well. The Patriots are struggling to stop the run, so Tate is worth a flex play even with Johnson eating into his touches.
Posted: 11/25/2013 8:38pm et
Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said RB Ben Tate (ribs) will remain the team's starting running back even though RB Dennis Johnson rushed for more yards in the team's Week 12 game. Tate rushed for one yard on seven carries while Johnson rushed for 74 yards on 13 carries.
Huddle Up: Too little, too late for the fantasy GMs who were burned by Tate and the Texans in Week 12. You might have no other choice than to move ahead with the RB in deeper leagues, but who knows what to expect from Houston down the stretch with its season having hit the fan in spectacular fashion.
Posted: 11/13/2013 7:20pm et
Houston Texans RB Ben Tate (ribs) was limited in practice Wednesday, Nov. 13.
Huddle Up: Tate is battling through four broken ribs but he's expected to start this week against Oakland. Tate should see most of the work again with Dennis Johnson spelling him when he needs a rest.
Posted: 11/12/2013 6:28pm et
Houston Texans RB Ben Tate (ribs) said he's improving while playing through four broken ribs. He ran for 56 yards on 15 carries in the team's Week 10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, but wanted the ball more. 'It's easier,' he said. 'I felt like I could move a little better, catch better and have a little more wiggle. Hopefully, it's getting better and better.'
Huddle Up: Tate has weathered 41 touches in 2 games since sustaining the fractures, and the Texans will be counting on the RB even more now that Arian Foster's season is done.
Posted: 11/5/2013 8:38pm et
Houston Texans RB Ben Tate (ribs) said he was in a pretty good amount of pain after the team's Week 9 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, but he still plans on playing against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 10. Tate said it's 'hard to breathe and laugh.'
Huddle Up: Props to Tate's toughness after he gutted out 23 touches against Indy, and he may be in line for a similar workload Week 10 if Arian Foster's hamstring doesn't mend this week.
Posted: 11/1/2013 3:19pm et
Houston Texans RB Ben Tate (ribs) practiced again Friday, Nov. 1, and he will be ready to play in Week 9 against the Indianapolis Colts. Tate is dealing with four cracked ribs and said the pain is manageable.
Huddle Up: Even if fellow RB Arian Foster is unable to go with his hamstring injury, Tate likely will be kept on carry count with his ribs, meaning newly-signed Deji Karim or former practice squadder Ray Graham would see work.
Posted: 10/30/2013 12:12pm et
Houston Texans RB Ben Tate (ribs) will be very limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 30, and will be a game-time decision in Week 9.
Huddle Up: Tate is sporting four broken ribs, so it makes no sense to expose him to further injury in practice. He's said he's going to play, but if he does he'd be a risk to hold up to much of a workload.