Ben Tate to be a three-down running back?
Free-agent addition Ben Tate should handle the majority of the early-down carries and coach Mike Pettine said that he would be comfortable with him playing on third down as well, according to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal.
#Browns HC Mike Pettine said he's comfortable with RB Ben Tate playing on third down.— Nate Ulrich (@NateUlrichABJ) August 31, 2014
If Tate can stay healthy, he should have a huge season. That said, Tate has struggled with durability. Primarily as a backup to Arian Foster in Houston, Tate has played only 40 games in four seasons.
Third-round rookie Terrance West has struggled in the preseason, but he was a prolific rusher at Towson and he would benefit the most if/when Tate misses time. That said, undrafted rookie free agent Isaiah Crowell possesses a ton of talent as well. As a former five-star recruit out of high school, it's Crowell's character, not his talent, that led to his dismissal from the Georgia Bulldogs program and his undrafted status.
Tate is my 24th-ranked fantasy running back for the 2014 season.
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