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RB Ben Tate - Cleveland Browns

5-11, 220Born: 8-21-1988College: AuburnDrafted: Round 2

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News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 27): Tate got a score, but did nothing of note up to that point. With the Browns saying they want one back to emerge, that can only mean that Tate's role as the lead back is precarious, because there is no need to say that if your starter is playing like a starter.

Week 9: vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Here is a tasty matchup for Ben Tate and company - Tampa Bay is 23rd in the NFL averaging 123.9 rushing yards allowed per game, with seven rushing scores given out to date. Minnesota averaged 4.4 yards per carry at Tampa last week (22/97/0), while the Ravens posted 35/169/1 (4.8 yards per carry) in their 48-17 drubbing of Tampa at Tampa back in Week 6. In more good news, note that this game is at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland. Ben Tate remains the lead back for the Browns, with the caveat that he has been decreasingly productive over the past three weeks, with 56/140/3 rushing and 2/6/0 receiving (2.5 yards per rush and 3.0 yards per reception). Tate posted 15/26/1 rushing and 1/8/0 receiving vs. Oakland last week; and had 16/36/0 rushing with 1/-2/0 receiving at Jacksonville two weeks back. Folks, these are teams that Tate should have whaled on, but he couldn't drop the hammer. Isaiah Crowell, who has been the most productive back on a per-carry basis over the past three games (19/96/1 rushing with 2/13/0 receiving, 5.05 yards per carry and 6.5 per reception) was reduced to a mere 1/1/0 rushing and 1/8/0 receiving vs. Oakland, while formerly-benched Terrance West handled 7/11/0 rushing (a 'scintillating' 1.6 yards per carry) and 1/10/0 receiving last week. The mix of backs for the Browns is obviously in flux entering the second half of the season. It remains to be seen which back will grab the brass ring here and come to the fore (right now, Tate has been given ample opportunity but isn't getting the job done). The Browns' trio of backs has a good matchup here, but there are reasons to be wary of investing in any single person this week, as you see above.

Recent Stats and Projections

5 at TEN 22 123 0 2 1 -2 0 0
6 vs PIT 25 78 2 0 0 0 0 0
7 at JAX 16 36 0 2 1 -2 0 0
8 vs OAK 15 26 1 1 1 8 0 0
9 vs TB PROJ-Dodds 17 * * 2 * * *
9 vs TB PROJ-Tremblay 19 * * 1 * * *
9 vs TB PROJ-Bloom 16 * * 1 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 6 vs PIT (25 / 78 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

In his second start returning from injury, Ben Tate scored his first two touchdowns as a Cleveland Brown and dominated the rushing workload with 65% of the team's carries. However, Tate struggled to be efficient and ended with a measly 3.1 yards per carry. In the first half, Tate only managed 23 yards on ten carries due to a heavy east-west style that is not conducive to gaining yards. Tate consistently cutback away from running lanes in an attempt to ad-lib his way to first downs. The most striking example of this style came near the ten-minute mark in the second quarter, when Tate had a huge running lane on the left side of the offensive line, but cutback towards the far sideline where Troy Polamalu happily obliged and took him down for no gain. However, coming out of the locker room in the second half, Tate ran noticeably more north-south and started having more success (15-55-1 in the second half). This might be attributed to a halftime adjustment made by the coaching staff. Just as Tate carried about two-thirds of the Browns' workload, he gained two-thirds of the goal-line work, punching in two touchdowns around the end zone. While not a threat out of the backfield, Ben Tate is a dynamic player in any fantasy league due to the sheer volume that he consumes on a weekly basis.

2014 Week 7 vs JAX (16 / 36 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / -2 / 0 rec)

Ben Tate couldn't find much room to run in this game. Whether it was the loss of Alex Mack or simply an excellent performance from the Jaguars defensive front, Tate was consistently met at or behind the line of scrimmage when he touched the football. Only one big run came for Tate and that was a cutback over the middle of the field that he extended for 18 yards.

2014 Week 8 vs OAK (15 / 26 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Against a Raiders defensive front that is not formidable by any sense of the word, the Browns offensive line was continually pushed back and allowed penetration. While it is fair to note that Tate has no control over such circumstances, he showed no true burst in limited opportunities to highlight them on Sunday. Tate's line gets even uglier, to 13-15-1, when you eliminate his 2nd and 20 and 3rd and 15 draws where the defense was giving up the run purposefully. One hopes that the Browns can fix their offensive line issues before their upcoming match against the Bucs, but the loss of Alex Mack seems too big to conquer. A garbage-time touchdown seems to be the only thing that saved owner's from despair on Sunday night. When the offensive line can get push and open lanes for Ben Tate, he has good games. However, he is not the type of talent that can put his team on his back.


Latest News

Browns | CLE re-evaluating RB rotation (Tue Oct 21, 09:36 AM) - 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.

Our View: The Browns were running the ball effectively...until Sunday against the Jaguars. We'll see if they can get the train back on the tracks.
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