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The Akron Beacon-Journal has Ben Tate "penciled in" as the Browns' starting running back with camp on the horizon.
Full-squad Browns camp begins Friday. Beat writer Nate Ulrich does consider third-round pick Terrance West a "legitimate threat." Tate has an early edge because of his background in Gary Kubiak's zone-running scheme, which is very similar to new Browns OC Kyle Shanahan's. If Tate makes it through camp healthy, he's the likely Week 1 starter. We still wouldn't be surprised if West ends up with more 2014 carries, based largely on Tate's injury history.
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Browns.com's Vic Carucci considers Ben Tate "at least a slight favorite" for the team's starting tailback job, but expects third-round pick Terrance West to pose serious competition.
Carucci expects a "spirited" battle, stating West has "quickly emerged as a formidable challenger." Carucci notes West is a "natural" in OC Kyle Shanahan's outside-zone scheme, and it "wouldn't be the least bit surprising if he ends up winning the starting job or at least getting a significant number of carries in what is expected to be a run-oriented offense." Tate's Average Draft Position is the middle of the fifth round; West generally lasts until early in the eighth.
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The Akron Beacon Journal describes new Browns OC Kyle Shanahan's offense as "predicated on being able to run effectively while mixing in the pass."
Browns LG John Greco also noted Shanahan will try to get his quarterback on the edges of the field. "We're not kind of limited to just pocket passing," Greco said. "We can get people on the move." Shanahan's 2014 offense will very likely attempt to mirror the success of the Redskins' 2012 offense, which led the NFL in rushing and ranked 30th in pass attempts. Ben Tate will benefit if he can stay healthy, though Terrance West will be breathing down his neck.
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ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi believes Ben Tate would lose his starting job to rookie Terrance West "only through injury."
Tate knows OC Kyle Shanahan's run-game concepts, is functional in the passing game, and has plus-starter running ability. Injury has been his greatest NFL obstacle. Tate has missed 24 games through his first four NFL seasons and played in many more at less than 100 percent. He's a dicey RB2 in the middle rounds.
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Browns RB Ben Tate said he does not see third-round pick Terrance West as a threat to his job.
"I'm not worried about that because I know when I'm on my game," Tate said, "there's no one that can really touch me or that's close to what I do." Tate probably is the best running back on the team when healthy, but the when healthy part has always been a problem. He has missed 24 games through his four-year career, and he ceded first-team carries to West during minicamp because he was "a little nicked up." Tate is the starter right now, but he will have to stay healthy to hold off the oncoming freight train named Terrance West.
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Browns RB Ben Tate was "a little nicked up" during minicamp, but "took reps when he could."
It's not at all a concern for Tate's training camp or Week 1 status, but a reminder that this is a player who has spent the majority of his career a "little nicked up." Tate has big-time RB2 upside in OC Kyle Shanahan's zone-blocking rushing attack, but is an obvious injury risk. Fantasy owners need to handcuff Tate with third-rounder Terrance West.
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The Browns are expected to field a conservative, run-based offense while Josh Gordon is suspended.
Come Week 1, the Browns could very well be starting a rookie quarterback with Jordan Cameron, Andrew Hawkins, Nate Burleson (arm), Greg Little and Charles Johnson as his receivers. It's an obvious recipe for OC Kyle Shanahan to ease in Johnny Manziel, pound the rock with this zone-blocking scheme and rely on an underrated defense that should improve under Mike Pettine. Ben Tate is going to get all he can eat, along with Terrance West and possibly Isaiah Crowell.
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Ben Tate's contract with the Browns contains $750,000 in per-game roster bonuses.
Due to durability concerns, the Browns structured the deal in a way that will keep Tate highly motivated to stay on the field. He got a $1.5 million signing bonus and a $1 million guaranteed base salary in 2014, and then will earn $46,875 for every game he's active. Those per-game bonuses are also in the contract for 2015. Tate has missed 24 games in his four-year career due to ankle, hamstring, foot and rib injuries.
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ESPN Cleveland says the Browns' concerns about Ben Tate's durability led to a team-friendly two-year deal.
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Browns agreed to terms with RB Ben Tate, formerly of the Texans, on a two-year contract.
Tate was the best running back on the market, but the Browns were the only team to make a public run. Extremely injury prone through the first four years of his career, Tate's contract is expected to be incentive-based. Coming from the Texans' zone-blocking scheme, Tate is a fit for fellow ZBS OC Kyle Shanahan, but will have to prove he can stay on the field before anything else. Although Tate has impressive burst, his game lacks wiggle. He's a downhill runner who will need his blocking to click to have the breakout year many have long expected. Despite the question marks, Tate and his career 4.7 YPC have definite RB2 potential in 2014.