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Ben Tate shows he can carry the load for Texans


The Texans are still waiting to get one very important part — running back Arian Foster — back in the lineup.

But they showed Sunday against the Saints they’re still able to move the ball without him.

After slow starts in the run game the first two preseason games, the Texans ran for 141 yards, averaging 5.2 yards per carry against the Saints. Backup Ben Tate had 74 of those yards, showing he’s more than capable of filling in while Foster’s slow coming back from back problems. Granted, it was against the Saints, but the point stands.

We had a big emphasis on the running game,” Tate said, via John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. “Even though we didn’t play much [in the first two games], we felt we hadn’t run the ball well enough. We definitely had to step it up.

”I was amped up and ready to go. I was out there to prove a point, and I felt like I got my point across. I’m right where I want to be.”

The Texans put 281 yards on the board with quarterback Matt Schaub leading the ones, with wide receiver Andre Johnson catching seven passes for 131 yards.

It’s the kind of performance every coach wants to see in the third preseason game, so they can tuck those important players safely away until the start of the regular season.

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3 Responses to “Ben Tate shows he can carry the load for Texans”
  1. maximusprime107 says: Aug 26, 2013 2:19 PM

    Coming from a non Texans fan, Ben Tate is a great RB and its a shame he’s stuck behind one of the best RB’s in the league. His agent should be trying to get him traded to a team where he would start every minute of every day

  2. bullsonparade1977 says: Aug 26, 2013 5:18 PM

    Think they can get a first round pick for him if traded? Thumbs up yes or down no… Curious because I think that deji karim looks pretty good too and with the cut block system the Texans have they can put smart, vision type running backs in there that they might get in the draft in lower rounds that can contribute as well, if not flourish. Keep in mind, Tate went in round 2 before undrafted foster blew up.

  3. kev86 says: Aug 26, 2013 8:21 PM

    I stole him in rd.9. BOOM?

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