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Ben Tate not ready to seize his opportunity


Last year, Texans running back Arian Foster played with a knee injury because he feared losing his job if he missed time.  This year, with Foster suffering a hamstring injury on his first carry of 11-on-11 drills and 2010 second-rounder Ben Tate back after missing all of last season with a broken ankle, the undrafted Foster surely was concerned that the player who entered with higher expectations will have a shot at changing the name on the back of Arian’s jersey to “Pipp.”

But Tate isn’t quite ready to try to take over.  Coach Gary Kubiak told reporters on Sunday that Tate wasn’t able to practice, due to a hamstring problem of his own.

“He came out, warmed up and said his hamstring was tight, so we moved on,” Kubiak said, via quotes distributed by the team.  “Derrick [Ward] was back.  That group right there has been impressive the last couple days in their work habits and getting the reps that they’re getting.  Hopefully he’s back later on.”

Tate entered camp at fourth on the depth chart, behind Foster, Steve Slaton, and Derrick Ward.  With Foster out and Slaton possibly on the trade block, Tate needs to stay on the field in order to ultimately stay on the roster.

“Last year at this time, we had no idea who . . . our back was,” Kubiak recently said, per the Houston Chronicle.  “Right now, we think we’ve got too many.  Let’s just let them all play and see what happens.”

In the end, anything can happen.  Indeed, who would have guessed a year ago that a guy who seemed destined for the waiver wire and practice squad would end up leading the entire league in rushing?

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12 Responses to “Ben Tate not ready to seize his opportunity”
  1. mediocresince2002 says: Aug 7, 2011 12:34 PM

    I’ve got to say, that the entire “feel” of this article is very misleading. Reports out of Texans camp seem to indicate that Tate has been everything that was advertised and more. Many Houston pundits have been praising him for the last few days, saying that he was definitely not the #4 back.

  2. mrbigass says: Aug 7, 2011 12:43 PM

    Tate has been getting rave reviews so far. He misses one practice with a tight hammy and he’s dog doo. You guys are too much……

  3. bronconation7 says: Aug 7, 2011 12:44 PM

    The team should distribute better quotes then.

  4. mediocresince2002 says: Aug 7, 2011 12:53 PM

    bronconation7 says:
    Aug 7, 2011 12:44 PM
    The team should distribute better quotes then.

    Where exactly do you think I’ve gotten my info from? This has less to do with the team distributing better quotes, and more to do with journalists being lazy and infering things from an injury tweet that they saw.

  5. texansfight says: Aug 7, 2011 1:14 PM

    Yeah, Tate has looked like a stud so far from all the reports coming out of camp. Has a huge frame, yet cuts on a dime. Excited to see what he can do this year.

  6. thekingdave says: Aug 7, 2011 1:15 PM

    Foster destined for the waiver wire last training camp? Hardly. While winning the rushing title was a surprise, his spot on the team was all but secure coming off two strong performances to close out the 09 season.

  7. seahawk77 says: Aug 7, 2011 2:07 PM

    He takes the most controversial “quotes” and makes it the headline…usually leaving out the positive.

  8. chowface86 says: Aug 7, 2011 2:49 PM

    Tiki Barber

  9. cassrangers says: Aug 7, 2011 2:57 PM

    got him for 1 dollar in an auction league last year lol

  10. steelerer says: Aug 7, 2011 3:46 PM


  11. raynman49 says: Aug 7, 2011 5:10 PM

    Steve Slaton is the best rb on this team, if he holds on to the ball!

  12. canetic says: Aug 7, 2011 5:51 PM

    I want to know which team is going to trade for Steve Slaton?

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