Ben Tate RB PIT 3 days ago

Tate is slated to work out for the Cowboys on Thursday, ESPN.com's Todd Archer reports.

Tate's 2014 campaign was largely forgettable, as he opened the season with a frustrating eight-game stint with Cleveland, before seeing work in three games with the Vikings and then the Steelers (in the playoffs) as well. In the wake of the departure of DeMarco Murray, the Cowboys curiously declined to select a running back in 2015 NFL draft, leaving the team with a backfield headed by Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden, Lance Dunbar and Ryan Williams. Whereas Tate was a highly sought-after free agent last year, at this stage, it looks as though he's simply hoping to catch on somewhere as a depth option, with an eye toward re-establishing his on-field value.

Ben Tate RB PIT 5 months ago

Tate ran the ball five times for 19 yards and caught two passes for nine yards in Saturday's playoff loss to the Ravens.

Despite signing with the Steelers just a few days prior to Saturday's game, Tate was second for line in touches at the running back position behind Josh Harris. Tate has played for four teams since December of 2013, so it remains to be seen if he will be in the Steelers' plans beyond Saturday.

Ben Tate RB PIT 5 months ago

Tate agreed to a contract with the Steelers on Tuesday, Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

The Steelers brought Tate in to provide some depth with Le'Veon Bell (knee) questionable at best for Saturday's Wild Card game against the Ravens. It's anyone's guess as to exactly how the Steelers would split the carries in Bell's absence, but in such a scenario, Tate at least gives the Steelers a veteran to turn to if the team's two rookie running backs aren't getting the job done.

Ben Tate RB PIT 5 months ago

Tate is visiting with the Steelers on Tuesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

The Steelers have two unproven rookies for depth behind star running back Le'Veon Bell, who is in serious danger of missing Saturday's playoff game against the Ravens because of a hyperextended right knee. Still, Tate struggled with both the Browns and Vikings this season, so it's hard to imagine him playing a major role in Saturday's game, even if he is ultimately signed. Not that such a scenario can be ruled out, but rookie UDFA Josh Harris still seems like the best bet to get carries, if Bell is unable to play.

Ben Tate RB PIT 5 months ago

Tate was waived by the Vikings on Tuesday.

The Vikings brought Tate in after the Browns cut bait in mid-November, but the experiment proved ill fated, as Tate averaged a mere 2.9 yards per attempt on 13 totes with Minnesota. He was active last Sunday but did not see the field. Matt Asiata and Joe Banyard will head the Vikings' backfield in Week 17, while Tate will likely look to latch on elsewhere as a No. 2 option next summer.

Ben Tate RB PIT 5 months ago

Tate was active for Sunday's loss to Miami, but did not get any playing time.

Joe Banyard worked as the backup running back as the Vikings are likely looking at Banyard's potential for 2015. Tate's lack of playing time likely indicates he's not in next season's plans.

Ben Tate RB PIT 5 months ago

Tate had five carries for eight yards in Sunday's loss to Detroit.

Tate had 13 snaps on offense compared to 45 for Matt Asiata and 11 for Joe Banyard. Tate continues to have a small backup role and that likely won't change the final two weeks.

Ben Tate RB PIT 5 months ago

Head coach Mike Zimmer said he'd like to get Tate more carries this week. "I think Matt [Asiata] probably had a few too many carries," Zimmer told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "We'd like to get Ben a few more carries this week as well, and so we'll see. Sometimes you just get in the flow of games and things happen."

Tate has had eight carries in his first two games with the Vikings. Asiata will remain the starter with Jerick McKinnon on injured reserve with a back injury. Asiata had 19 carries last week compared to Tate's five carries. While we could see Tate getting a few more carries, it doesn't sound like there will be a major shift in the workload.

Ben Tate RB PIT 6 months ago

Tate had three carries for 15 yards in Sunday's overtime win over the Jets.

While Tate finished with more touches than fellow backup Joe Banyard (one carry for nine rushing yards and one catch for 12 receiving yards), Matt Asiata dominated the touches out of the backfield, rushing 19 times for 54 yards and catching three passes for 10 receiving yards. Tate's fantasy upside is very limited as long as Asiata is healthy, especially in Week 15 against a Lions defense allowing the fewest rushing yards per game in the NFL this season.

Ben Tate RB PIT 6 months ago

Tate will likely split backup carries with Joe Banyard on Sunday against the Jets, as Matt Asiata is listed as the starter, according to ESPN.com.

With limited touches against a Jets defense allowing the third-fewest rushing yards per game this season, Tate remains a fairly weak fantasy option.