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Mike Pettine declares committee approach in backfield
by Marty Gitlin |

Despite the signing of free agent Ben Tate in the offseason, the Browns are planning on using a running back-by-committee approach this season.

"I think in the AFC North, you have to be running back by committee," Mike Pettine told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "You'd like to have a guy that can carry most of the load, but also be able to alternate guys ... you've got to be able to get fresh guys out there."

That "guy who can carry most of the load" will likely be Tate, but rookie third-rounder Terrance West has been particularly impressive in his early work, as has Edwin Baker. The Browns also have Dion Lewis, who is coming off a lost season due to a broken leg, left over from last year.

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Ben Tate not worried about competition
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer

Browns running back Ben Tate isn't worried about any competition for the starting job from rookie Terrance West, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

"Truthfully, I don't look at it like that," Tate said. "You guys may see it like that, but there's nobody in that room that scares me. I'm just honest."

Tate said competing for playing time with Arian Foster in Houston has him prepared.

"If I come in here and say 'Oh I've got this locked down' and don't compete, that's how you lose your job," he said. "That's how you find your way out of the league fast. I'm a natural competitor. That's just in me. I went out there in Houston every day and tried to compete with Arian knowing I wasn't going to be the starter no matter what I did because he had already done things. So I'm going to naturally compete and I hope all the other running backs want to compete as well. As a group that's how we're going to get better as a unit."

Tate has spent time behind West in practice because, as coach Mike Pettine told the Akron Beacon Journal, he "was a little nicked up during minicamp." He is expected to be fine for the start of training camp.

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Johnny Manziel becomes a Fantasy sleeper as a Brown
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer

One of the reasons Johnny Manziel was such a spectacular player in college was because he was able to extend a play and throw to a big receiver down the field. Landing with the Browns is a total win for Johnny Football because he'll have Josh Gordon, Jordan Cameron, Greg Little and Nate Burleson as down-field targets along with Andrew Hawkins as a quick, short-area weapon. Ben Tate rumbling in the backfield doesn't hurt either.

Another impressive factor is the Browns O-line, which has two studs in left tackle Joe Thomas and center Alex Mack. If the line can improve from last season (we're looking at you, Mitchell Schwartz), then Manziel will have time to make good throws.

Of all the places he could have gone in the draft, Cleveland's the best fit. Not only should he inject life into the franchise but he should end up starting in Week 1 against the Steelers. Expect Manziel to get taken late in every single seasonal draft as a combo backup Fantasy QB/sleeper who could get some serious trade value. He'll get picked in the middle rounds in dynasty/keeper leagues and should be considered a Top 5 choice in rookie-only drafts.

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Ben Tate confident he'll break 1,000 yards
by Larry Hartstein |

Since the Browns returned to the league in 1999, only three Cleveland running backs have gone over 1,000 yards rushing. Peyton Hillis did it in 2010, Jamal Lewis in 2007-08, and Reuben Droughns in 2005.

New Browns running back Ben Tate is confident he'll join the list.

"I would hope so,” Tate told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I would think. If I'm the starting guy and we've got 16 games."

Tate is excited that the Browns signed a traditional fullback, Chris Pressley, and that he'll finally get his chance to start.

"Playing football is fun, period, but it's a lot more fun when you are starting,” he told the paper. "You don't work that hard to get a carry here or there. It's a lot more difficult coming off the bench and getting a feel for the game and to get into a rhythm."

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Pettine: We can 'absolutely' count on Ben Tate as a top RB
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer

Browns coach Mike Pettine was emphatic about how he sees new running back Ben Tate in the team's offense. When asked if he could count on Tate as a lead back, Pettine said: "Absolutely." 

The conversation at the NFL Owners Meeting in Orlando then turned to Tate's injury history. Pettine remained unfazed. 

"I don't have any issues with his durability," Pettine said of Tate. "I mean, here's a guy who had four broken ribs and played through it. It wasn't until he had the fifth one broken that he couldn't go anymore. He broke an ankle, to me that was more of a freak thing than anything else. But it's not like there's chronic injuries there. You bring in a guy that's got a chip on his shoulder, I think that's going to be in your favor. When there's a little bit extra motivation to play ... I think that helps separate you from the pack."

Pettine said he was OK with the depth behind Tate but also said he "wouldn't be surprised" if the team added another running back through the draft. 

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