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.