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Ben Tate expected to start preseason opener
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Texans coach Gary Kubiak said he'd like to see running back Ben Tate "with the first group" in Friday's preseason opener at Minnesota, reports the Houston Chronicle. Tate has recovered from a minor groin injury and practiced Wednesday.

“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.

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Browns looking for a back to 'separate himself'
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said the team is looking for one running back to "separate himself," according to ESPN.

Shanahan stressed that he's been happy with the play of Ben Tate, Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West, but added that he would love it if one of them stepped up. "We got a bunch of solid guys who do a good job," Shanahan said. "For one of those to get the bulk of the carries and take off, then that’s up to them. They got to show us they’re ahead of the other guys." 

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. 

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Rebound seems likely for Ben Tate
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

With what seemed like a tailor-made matchup Week 7 at Jacksonville, Browns running back Ben Tate had by far his worst performance in three games since returning from a knee injury, gaining just 36 yards on 16 carries. So is he still a safe bet with what seems like another favorable matchup Week 8 against Oakland?

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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Browns might not use three running backs Week 8
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Browns coach Mike Pettine said Wednesday the team might not use three running backs Week 8 against the Raiders after Ben Tate, Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West had trouble getting into the flow of the game during a Week 7 loss at Jacksonville.

Crowell and West both admitted their limited reps impacted how they performed Sunday, according to The Plain Dealer.

"We'll make a decision at the end of the week,'' Pettine said. "I don't want to lock it in and say we're set on three.''

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Rude awakening for Ben Tate
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

After two big performances in which he carried the ball more than 20 times, Browns running back Ben Tate seemed poised for his biggest performance yet Week 7 at Jacksonville. After all, he was facing a winless Jaguars team that was used to trailing big. As much as the Browns like to give him the ball, he figured to own the second half.

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.

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