Ben Tate, RB, Browns
|RB - #24||63.49||CLE||Active||5 years||26||5'11||215||@BenTateRB|
2014 Outlook: Solid/Safe PickLast updated on Jul-08-2014 by Rob Warner
Tate signed a two-year, $6.2 million contract to be the lead back for the Browns. In 2013, Cleveland's ground game was anemic. Their 86 rushing yards per game ranked sixth-worst. The 25-year-old Auburn alum spent the first three years of his career backing up Arian Foster in Houston. He has missed eight games over the past three seasons. In Cleveland, Tate will run behind one of the league's better offensive lines, which ranked 12th overall by Pro Football Focus (18th in run blocking). Over his brief career, Tate has averaged 140 carries for 664 yards (48 YPG) with an impressive 4.7 YPC. He lacks game-breaking speed, yet possesses sufficient size (5-foot-11, 215 lbs.) to handle 15 to 20 carries per game. In his 11 career games with at least 15 carries, he averaged 12 FPPG. The Browns added Terrance West in the 2014 NFL Draft, so Tate is unlikely to dominate touches; however, Cleveland is expected to employ a run-focused attack under Kyle Shanahan (especially with Josh Gordon's lengthy suspension expected). Tate had 34 catches in 2013, yet West is expected to dominate third-down touches which will limit Tate's upside in PPR leagues. Tate makes for a solid RB2 worth targeting in Round 6 because of his 66.24 ADP.
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.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors8/30 - Browns show faith in young backfield, cast off RBs Dion Lewis, Chris Ogbonnaya
8/27 - It's official, finally: Browns WR Josh Gordon suspended for 1 year
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2014 Mock Draft Results
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 21
|6.03||Mr. Landry - Not what I wanted for my RB2. He's got tremendous upside, but the question marks are scary. However, I think if he stays healthy the job is his and he'll put up very good numbers in a run-first offense.|
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 14
July 14, 2014
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