Texans sound frustrated with Ben Tate

AP

This should be the time of year that second year running back Ben Tate makes his move up the depth chart.

Instead, the second round pick from a year ago continues to watch from the sideline with a hamstring injury.  Coach Gary Kubiak does not sound amused.

“Tate just hasn’t come along,” Kubiak said. “Everybody thought he could – our trainers, our doctors – but he hasn’t. So, we’ll listen to him.”

Steve Slaton and Arian Foster are also sitting out Monday night’s game against the Jets.  Tate essentially hasn’t been healthy as a pro and needs to show something in camp to get a bigger role.

Slaton has enjoyed a strong camp and Derrick Ward is currently No. 2 on the depth chart behind Foster.  Tate’s struggles could allow Slaton to unexpectedly stick on the team.

For a franchise that once badly overpaid Ahman Green, having too many running backs is a good problem.