After two big performances in which he carried the ball more than 20 times,
Except the Jaguars never trailed big in this one. In fact, at least in the second half, they never trailed at all. Because they were the ones to win in convincing fashion, Tate got only six carries in the second half and gained only 3 yards with them. In all, he had 36 yards on 16 carries.
Granted, if the score had allowed him to get his usual allotment of carries, he would have done better, but for the number of carries he did get, his performance wasn't up to snuff. His two touchdowns masked it Week 6 against Pittsburgh, but that's two games in a row now in which he struggled on a per-carry basis. His combined rate for those two games is 2.8 yards per carry.
Backup running backs Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West got a combined 12 carries in this one, so Tate's role may not be rock solid. Of course, since they didn't do much with theirs either, it likely isn't in jeopardy. Because he gets so many opportunities, Tate remains an advisable play for Week 8 against Oakland.
The three-headed monster that had the
Tate ran for 36 yards on 16 tries, but was held to 18 yards on 15 attempts aside from an 18-yard jaunt up the middle in the second quarter. Crowell managed 18 yards on seven tries while West added just eight yards in five attempts.
Listed as questionable are defensive tackle
Facing a winless team that ranks dead last in offense, the 3-2
It's what so often happens against the Jaguars, who rank 19th against the run, allowing 117.2 yards per game.
And unlike the Titans and Chargers in recent weeks, the Browns should do it especially well. They don't just have a workhorse starter in
Starting Tate is an easy call. He gets the carries. He gets the touchdowns. He has the matchup. He's a top-10 running back for both Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard this week. But while starting a backup running back is usually ill-advised, Crowell might just come through with starting-caliber numbers this week. Jamey has him 21st and Dave 20th, which is higher than I'm willing to go, but as a flex option, you could do a lot worse.
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