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Texans sound frustrated with Ben Tate

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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.

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7 Responses to “Texans sound frustrated with Ben Tate”
  1. therupe96011 says: Aug 15, 2011 9:17 AM

    NOT IF THEY ALL ARE STTING ON THE SIDELINES!!

  2. patriotswin says: Aug 15, 2011 9:51 AM

    Thank you Mr. Tate…Arian in the 12th round brought home the bacon for me in fantasy!!!

  3. polishrod says: Aug 15, 2011 9:59 AM

    If you want to be a good NFL team, you don’t draft RBs with an injury history high in the draft.

    Way too much to lose, as the Texans are now finding out

  4. bennyd720 says: Aug 15, 2011 10:04 AM

    Ben Ta”in”te gonna have a job soon

  5. rc33 says: Aug 15, 2011 10:08 AM

    Chris Ogbonnaya should make this team at RB. He’s more versatile and hell….at least he’s on the field.
    The Texans should just move on with this stiff.

  6. b1gwin says: Aug 15, 2011 10:58 AM

    How can a head coach that cant bear to watch FG attempts as he’s on the sideline criticize a player for lack what basically is a lack of heart? Seems to me that Tate is following the lead of his superior.

  7. theduuuuuuuuuude says: Aug 15, 2011 12:16 PM

    Sounds like his career might be over before it began. The Texans will probably cut this guy, but maybe he’ll get a shot with another team. Not likely though given his injury history.

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