“He looks fine,” Kubiak said. “He should be able to take his reps that we want him to take. It won’t be many, but I’d like to see him with the first group.”
Kubiak said Dennis Johnson, the undrafted rookie from Arkansas, will play after Tate. Arian Foster remains on the PUP list.
Tate rushed for just 26 yards on 15 carries, and was a nonfactor in the passing game, so the touchdown turned out to be pretty important for Fantasy owners. With a couple of young running backs on the roster possibly pushing him for playing time, a subpar effort isn't good to see, however, Terrance West rushed for just 11 yards on seven carries himself Sunday, so there doesn't seem to be much reason to think Tate cost himself.
Tate has averaged 3.1 yards per carry or less in three straight games, so this continues a unfortunate trend. Still, he had 124 yards on 22 carries in his first game back from a knee injury, so there is little reason to think this is a lingering issue.
It is probably fair to chalk this up to a slump and assume Tate will turn things around, perhaps as soon as Week 9 against a Buccaneers team that is allowing the fifth-most Fantasy points to opposing running backs in the league.
That's when Tate found a hole up the middle for his third touchdown of the season. He also caught one pass for eight yards in the Cleveland victory. His recent struggles mirror those of the entire backfield since center Alex Mack was knocked out for the season with a broken leg.
Tate will try to get the ground game back on track when the Browns host the Buccaneers in Week 9.
Shanahan stressed that he's been happy with the play of
Shanahan has had a history of riding one primary back in the past. "I’ve never had to rotate a bunch of running backs, because usually I’ve had a running back who’s usually able to separate himself from the others," he said.
Tate is currently receiving the bulk of the carries for the club, but the team has mixed in Crowell and West frequently.
With what seemed like a tailor-made matchup Week 7 at Jacksonville,
Well, as safe as any non-pass catching back can be in today's NFL. If the Browns fall behind by a couple scores, as unexpectedly happened against the Jaguars, he'll disappear from the game plan. But of course, the Browns have been competitive in every other game this season, so you have no reason to believe they won't be against a winless Raiders team.
And the numbers all work in Tate's favor. The Raiders rank 29th against the run, allowing 145.3 yards per game, and have given up the third-most Fantasy points per game to running backs. Andre Ellington and Branden Oliver have performed nicely against them the last two weeks.
Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard both rank Tate about 15th among running backs despite the disappointment of last week, and I'm with them. I don't see a scenario where I sit him.
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