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Mike Pettine isn’t concerned about Ben Tate’s “durability”

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New Browns running back Ben Tate showed a good deal of potential in his four seasons with Houston, gaining 4.7 yards per carry while primarily spelling starter Arian Foster.

Now, Tate has his own starting job. For the 25-year-old Tate, it’s an opportunity to show what he can do with more reps. It is also his chance to prove he can deal with rigors of being a full-time starter after dealing with some injuries in his first four NFL seasons.

Speaking at the NFL meetings in Orlando on Tuesday, Browns coach Mike Pettine indicated Tate’s injury history — which includes broken ribs suffered last season and a broken ankle that kept him out for all of 2010 — was not a worry.

“I don’t have any issues with his durability,” Pettine said, according to an interview transcript from the Pro Football Writers of America. “He had a couple of things. Here’s a guy that had four broken ribs and played through it. It wasn’t until he had the fifth one broken that he couldn’t go anymore. He broke an ankle.

“To me, that more of a freak thing than anything else, but it’s not like there are just chronic injuries there and anytime you bring in a guy that’s got a chip on his shoulder, that’s going to be in your favor. When there’s a little bit of extra motivation to play and I think we’ve done that with a lot of the guys that we’ve added.”

A little injury luck for Tate could go a long way. He’s playing on just a two-year deal, giving him a chance to again test free agency early in 2016, when he will still be a couple years shy of 30.

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18 Responses to “Mike Pettine isn’t concerned about Ben Tate’s “durability””
  1. hrmlss says: Mar 25, 2014 2:22 PM

    What durability?

  2. bradkaz96 says: Mar 25, 2014 2:48 PM

    Yeah, neither was Arian Foster…

  3. qdog112 says: Mar 25, 2014 2:53 PM

    Finally he gets the ball. Tate will prove undervalued and one of the best RBs in the NFL, with enough touches.

    Foster is the one people should worry about.

  4. tanstewie says: Mar 25, 2014 2:57 PM

    Durability issues don’t apply to breaking bones..its when a guys in the tub or trainers table constantly cuz he’s dinged up. You play with 4 broken ribs you’re a badass

  5. trezzyt says: Mar 25, 2014 3:02 PM

    Tate Will excel in Cle zone scheme A. Foster A. Morris M. Lynch and any other RB in zone scheme principles succeed cause that’s the way the offense is set up if healthy Tate can easily go for 1,200 10TD wit 4+ yards per carry he just needs to stay healthy

  6. eaglesnoles05 says: Mar 25, 2014 3:04 PM

    My only questions regarding Tate’s potential to be a powerhouse are concerning his teams’ ability to block for him. Take care of that and he will be a star.

  7. Matt dog from C-town says: Mar 25, 2014 3:13 PM

    i would still like to see Browns find a decent back in the Draft as well.. i Like Jeremy Hill out of LSU or Carlos Hyde…but we also need a QB, WR, and right tackle….but with 5 picks in the first four rounds they have a great opportunity , if the new regime can evaluate talent!!!!!

  8. pacodawg says: Mar 25, 2014 3:19 PM

    The browns are dangerous.

  9. barryblogs says: Mar 25, 2014 3:23 PM

    Durability? All these guys are hurt all the time. It’s just a matter of luck or not if they can play the full 16 games.

  10. koufaxmitzvah says: Mar 25, 2014 3:28 PM

    Not sure how one can fault a guy for playing with a broken rib for most of last year.

  11. jerruhjones says: Mar 25, 2014 3:37 PM

    Changing the culture one player at a time.

    Go Browns!!!

  12. texansfalcons says: Mar 25, 2014 4:20 PM

    His durability shouldn’t be questioned at all. You will love him.

  13. 8to80texansblog says: Mar 25, 2014 4:22 PM

    Tate will do well there. He has great vision, great size and decent speed. He almost got 1000 yds in 2011 as a back up…

    Cleveland fans should be very happy about this acquisition…. especially at that price.

  14. rolltide510 says: Mar 25, 2014 4:35 PM

    I wonder what Mike Pettine IS concerned about?

  15. wringworm says: Mar 25, 2014 4:45 PM

    Tate is an interesting add, but the Browns still need depth.

    Obie really doesn’t fit the new purported ZBS as a RB and definitely not a FB, Lewis may be intriguing but who knows how healthy he comes back, the rest of the roster are place fillers at best.

    Hope they can find the Shanahan magic in late-pick bottle like their history had

  16. puckthefatriots says: Mar 25, 2014 7:01 PM

    Tate got a lot of credit for playing with broken ribs, but he played timid with that injury. The eye in the sky doesn’t lie.

  17. steelcitychamps6x says: Mar 25, 2014 10:09 PM

    Timid!!! I would play timid too, I had broken ribs while in the military and could barely breathe!

  18. hendo24 says: Mar 26, 2014 10:30 AM

    Matt dog, try 7 picks in the first four rounds, not 5.

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