Aug 9, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Ben Tate (44) on the sidelines during the third quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Ben Tate Breathing Life Into Cleveland Browns' Running Game

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Lost among the quarterback competition at Cleveland Browns headquarters is the play of running back Ben Tate, who was acquired during free agency in the spring.

Tate’s looked as good as advertised through two preseason games, rushing for 51 yards on 10 carries in his latest effort against the Redskins Monday night. In his debut against the Lions two weeks ago, he netted 25 yard on six carries. If you’re keeping track, that’s 16 rushes and 76 yards, which breaks down to 4.75 yards per carry.

Combined with Terrance West, the Browns should be more than formidable with their rushing attack, as Tate is expected to become a star in Kyle Shanahan’s offense. Tate is regarded as a natural for Shanahan’s zone-blocking scheme.

Early in camp, West appeared to be pushing Tate for first-team reps, but judging by the Lions game, the feature role will belong to Tate. The former Houston Texan took a majority of the carries in the first half against the Lions, while West was credited with just one rush.

Without a doubt, Tate passes the eye test and looks great wearing Leroy Kelly‘s No. 44 jersey. He’s decisive with where he wants to go with the ball, and looks like a potential star. Compared to Browns fans watched last year in Trent Richardson and Willis McGahee, Tate’s a sight for sore eyes.

 

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