RB Ben Tate - Cleveland Browns
|5-11, 220||Born: 8-21-1988||College: Auburn||Drafted: Round 2|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 20): The lynchpin of the Browns offensive line goes down, and all of the sudden the running game is stuck in neutral. Tate was a solid RB2, now he is just a flex play, and one with a dubious injury history.
General News (Tue Oct 21): Running backs 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.
Week 8: vs Oakland Raiders
Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Cleveland actually has the sixth-ranked rushing attack in the NFL so far this year, averaging 133.5 yards per game with eight total rushing scores produced. Last week, they fell short of this standard as Ben Tate (16/36/0 rushing with 1/-2/0 receiving) and Isaiah Crowell (7/18/0 rushing with 1/5/0 receiving) struggled to run the football at Jacksonville. Third-stringer Terrance West didn't fare any better (5/8/0 rushing with 1/0/0 receiving). The entire Browns' offense went into a funk last weekend - we'll see if they can get out of their study in brown this weekend at home vs. Oakland. Speaking of Oakland, they bring the league's 29th-ranked rush D to this dance, averaging 145.3 yards allowed per game, with six rushing scores given out to date. Last week, Arizona hit them for 37/123/1 rushing; San Diego posted 33/116/1 on this group two games back. Though Oakland has tightened up a bit in this phase of late they are still vulnerable - look for a bounce-back game from Tate in this one. Advantage, Cleveland.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 5 vs TEN (22 / 123 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / -2 / 0 rec)
In his first start since returning from injury, Ben Tate sliced the Titans defense for over 100 yards. Tate's combination of strength and quickness makes him a nightmare for defenders in the second level. Tate was able to shake off 270-pound linemen as well as navigate around smaller, quicker defenders. Ben Tate always seems to fall forward on his runs, an extremely positive trait that can lead to 30-40 extra yards over the course of an entire game. Tate's vision is superb, and it makes up for his lack of speed. Instead of attacking any holes too aggressively, Tate sets up defenders with his eyes and always chooses the correct lane or cutback route. Overall, Tate was very impressive in his first start in a month.
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.
Latest NewsBrowns | 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.
link to story Browns | Ben Tate probable (Fri Oct 17, 03:00 PM) - Cleveland Browns RB Ben Tate (finger) fully practiced Friday, Oct. 17, and is probable for Week 7. Our View: Tate continues to be a strong RB2 as long as he is on the field in the potent Browns running game.
link to story Browns | Ben Tate a full participant (Thu Oct 16, 06:17 PM) - Cleveland Browns RB Ben Tate (finger) practiced fully again Thursday, Oct. 16. Our View: Tate should be in your lineup as a RB2 with RB1 upside in Week 7. The Browns offense should be able to have their way with the Jaguars defense.
link to story Browns | Ben Tate practices in full (Wed Oct 15, 06:45 PM) - Cleveland Browns RB Ben Tate (finger) practiced in full Wednesday, Oct. 15. Our View: Tate will be the lead back for the Browns this week. They're playing the hapless Jaguars defense, so Tate certainly needs to be in your lineup as a RB2 with RB1 upside.
Browns | Terrance West inactive (Sun Oct 12, 12:15 PM) - Cleveland Browns RB Terrance West is a healthy scratch Sunday, Oct. 12. link to story More News
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