Behind Tate, the Browns have three rookie running backs. Top rookie Terrance West struggled in the preseason.
"He's ahead of those guys, and I think he's been solid in protection," Pettine told the website. "I think he does a nice job catching the ball. I would think that he has the edge over those guys as far as third down. That's not saying they won't be there, but probably the guy you can trust the most right now is Ben."
Cleveland has no wideouts capable of threatening defenses the way Gordon did.
Tate rattled off 19 yards on his first carry of the game that, unfortunately, came on third-and-21. He averaged less than four yards per carry over the rest of the first half as the Browns offense had trouble moving the ball, no matter who was under center. Tate lost just one carry to rookie Terrence West in the first half.
Tate worked the first two drives with the first-team offense. He ripped an 8-yard run on his first touch of the night. On his first touch of the second drive, he broke for a 6-yard run and fumbled before quickly recovering the loose ball. He had six carries for 26 yards, averaging 4.2 yards per clip in his first game with his new team.
"I will welcome help because I don’t want to run myself into the ground," Tate said, per the team's official website. "Of course, you want to be a guy who gets in a rhythm. But I will welcome help."
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|Bye: Week 4|
|5||10/5/14||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|7||10/19/14||@ JAC||1:00 pm|
|10||11/6/14||@ CIN||8:25 pm|
|12||11/23/14||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|13||11/30/14||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|16||12/21/14||@ CAR||1:00 pm|
|17||12/28/14||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
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