Browns running back Ben Tate better do something he has never done over three full seasons: stay healthy. If he doesn't, the only insurance Cleveland has for him are a couple of rookies. That's because the Browns released RBs Dion Lewis and Chris Ogbonnaya on Saturday.
Ogbonnaya, who is entering his sixth season, had spent the past three years with the Browns and started 12 games. Lewis is entering his third year and is a typical undersized, change-of-pace runner. But with them gone, third-rounder Terrance West and undrafted free agent Isaiah Crowell are the only two backs currently on the Browns' RB depth chart behind Tate.
Obviously, the team will make a depth add at this position before the season begins. Ogbonnaya isn't special in any area of the game, but he's serviceable in many. He and Lewis should land with other teams soon.
Crowell was a top-ranked recruit in 2011 but was dismissed from the University of Georgia after just one season due to a pair of felony charges and a misdemeanor. He played the next two seasons at Alabama State. He is an intriguing dynasty prospect because of his pedigree, but he is buried right now.
West posted what can be described only as video-game numbers in his final college season -- 413 carries, 2,509 rushing yards, 41 touchdowns. He scored 86 times in three collegiate seasons. He will enter the year as Tate's direct backup and is a worthy late-round pick considering how often the Browns are expected to run the ball this season (You've seen their receiving corps). Tate is a risk-reward sixth-round pick.