Ben Tate, RB, Browns
|RB - #24||73.69||CLE||Active||5 years||25||5'11||215||@BenTateRB|
2014 Outlook: Solid/Safe PickLast updated on Jul-08-2014 by Rob Warner
Tate signed a two-year, $6.2 million contract to be the lead back for the Browns. In 2013, Cleveland's ground game was anemic. Their 86 rushing yards per game ranked sixth-worst. The 25-year-old Auburn alum spent the first three years of his career backing up Arian Foster in Houston. He has missed eight games over the past three seasons. In Cleveland, Tate will run behind one of the league's better offensive lines, which ranked 12th overall by Pro Football Focus (18th in run blocking). Over his brief career, Tate has averaged 140 carries for 664 yards (48 YPG) with an impressive 4.7 YPC. He lacks game-breaking speed, yet possesses sufficient size (5-foot-11, 215 lbs.) to handle 15 to 20 carries per game. In his 11 career games with at least 15 carries, he averaged 12 FPPG. The Browns added Terrance West in the 2014 NFL Draft, so Tate is unlikely to dominate touches; however, Cleveland is expected to employ a run-focused attack under Kyle Shanahan (especially with Josh Gordon's lengthy suspension expected). Tate had 34 catches in 2013, yet West is expected to dominate third-down touches which will limit Tate's upside in PPR leagues. Tate makes for a solid RB2 worth targeting in Round 6 because of his 66.24 ADP.
Although Browns running back Terrance West touched the ball 838 times in three season at Towson University, only 36 of those touches arrived through the air. It sounds like West has put a lot of work into shoring up that area of weakness.
According to Tom Reed of Cleveland.com, West "made a pair of dazzling one-handed catches" on Saturday that drew some audible surprise from the fans in attendance. They weren't the only people surprised by West's nifty display.
"I was a little shocked with Terrance today," head coach Mike Pettine said. "I had to double check my roster card to make sure I was looking at the right number. He did some nice things in the one-on-one period. That's always a bonus, when you have a guy that's not just one dimensional."
Pettine added that Ben Tate is ahead in this competition because he is stronger in pass protection, "but Terrance isn't far behind."
The Tate-West battle is already exciting. I hope both stay healthy and truly let the best man win. Pass protection is tough for most rookies. If West can hold his ground in that area, it will dramatically increase his chances of seeing consistent work right away. As I've said many times this summer, the Browns' backfield will likely be a timeshare no matter who wins in training camp, but West is the much better value pick with an ADP late in the seventh round.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors7/27 - Browns 'shocked' by RB Terrance West's receiving skills
7/23 - UPDATE: Browns RB Terrance West put on non-football injury list, will practice Friday
7/23 - Browns RB Ben Tate 'penciled in' as starter
7/19 - Browns RB Ben Tate will enter training camp as 'slight favorite' to start
6/29 - Browns HC Mike Pettine says in the AFC North, a running back committee is a must
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2013 Mock Draft Results
2013 FFToolbox Staff Mock Draft #1
June 18th, 2013
|9.08||FFToolbox - Brian Murphy - OK, I really need to start stocking up on running backs. I decided to go with Tate, who I thought was a safer pick than any of the three Rams RBs I could have chosen here; I view them as more all-or-nothing picks. Tate had a forgettable 2012 season due to multiple injuries, but we shouldn't forget how good he looked in 2011. He gets meaningful work every week and is one injury away from being the clear-cut starter in a run-heavy offense with an above-average offensive line. He may be given a couple extra carries per game this season as the Texans try to keep Arian Foster's body from breaking down following three seasons of heavy usage.|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #2
July 2nd 2013
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #1
June 25th, 2013
|10.09||FFToday - This is an upside pick for a player that will have a great chance to be a top ten fantasy star at his position should the first-stringer miss significant time.|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #3
July 9th, 2013
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