Ben Tate to resume starting role upon return to lineup

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Rookie running backs Terrence West and Isaiah Crowell have shown promise in relief of injured starter Ben Tate over the last two weeks for the Cleveland Browns.

Tate sprained his knee in the Browns season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers and has been sidelined since.

West and Crowell have picked up the workload in his absence. West has started both games with the tandem rushing for 213 yards and three touchdowns. Crowell has averaged nearly five yards per carry on 22 carries in those two games.

But despite the promise of the young backs, the starting job will return to Tate when he’s able to get back on the field.

According to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal, running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery said Tate is the team’s starting back.

“That’s what we brought Tate here for, to be the starter,” Montgomery said. “He’s the No. 1 running back in this offense. Right now, you can say we miss him. We miss his experience. We miss his leadership with the group. Speaking from that standpoint, we’ll be open arms and welcome to have Ben back into the fold.”

Tate signed with Cleveland in the offseason to have a chance to start after being stuck behind Arian Foster in Houston the last few seasons.

Tate had six carries for 41 yards against Pittsburgh before leaving with the injury.

11 responses to “Ben Tate to resume starting role upon return to lineup

  1. I sure hope he is… Got him off the waiver wire 2 weeks ago & been sitting on him in hopes he’d get the start once healthy….

  2. He’s who the Texans thought he was:
    Injury prone and disappears when you give him the “bell cow” position…
    Tell the young guys not to worry, he’ll be injured again soon.

    Ton of talent, not enough heart.

  3. Why? I like the signing of tate but everyone said he was injury prone. But the rookie look real good and they havent turned the ball over once. I say stick with the crow!

  4. I believe the Crow, West and even Gabrielle have demonstrated that they can handle to load.

    Trade Tate to the Vikings. I heard they’re looking for a RB anyway.

  5. Tate was averaging almost 7 yards a carry at the first of the Steelers game. Then he got hurt. They didn’t sign him to that contract to sit on the bench. The front office wants to show they made the right decision signing Tate. If he gets hurt again….then, well……..

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