Despite the signing of free agent
"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.
"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.
One of the reasons
Another impressive factor is the Browns O-line, which has two studs in left tackle
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.
New Browns running back
"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."
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.
|P1||8/9/14||@ DET||7:30 pm|
|P2||8/18/14||@ WAS||8:00 pm|
|1||9/7/14||@ PIT||1:00 pm|
|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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