Draft Scout Snapshot:DS Rating on 9/1/09: #14 RB, #191/750 Overall, Projected Rd: 6 2009 Senior Bowl Invite…2008: 12 GP; 2 GS; Rush: 159-664-4.2-3; Rec: 15-90-6-0; KR: 1-11-11-0; 0 Sol-1 TT; Second Team Preseason Media All-SEC … Second Team Preseason Coaches’ All-SEC … Named to Maxwell Award Preseason Watch List … Finished sixth in SEC in rushing yards per game at 55.3 … Led team with 664 rushing yards and 765 all-purpose yards … Missed time in the spring with a nagging hamstring injury. 2007: 13 GP; 6 GS; Rush: 202-903-4.5-8; Rec: 16-144-9-0; KR: 2-36-18-0; 1 Sol-1 TT; Led team in rushing yards (903), rushing attempts (202), all-purpose yardage (83.3 ypg) and rushing touchdowns (8). 2006: 9 GP; 0 GS; Rush: 54-392-7.3-3; Rec: 2-(-3)-(-1.5)-0; The Sporting News Freshman All-America Honorable Mention. 2005: Graduated from high school early in time to participate in spring drillls.
Post-Draft Outlook:BEST PICK: Running back Ben Tate: He's 6-foot, 220 pounds, runs the 40-yard dash in the 4.4s, and the coaches believe he fits their style of play in which the back makes one cut and gets going downhill fast. He could start as a rookie. He'll be in a crowded field with Steve Slaton, Arian Foster, Ryan Moats, Chris Henry and Jeremiah Johnson.
A closer look at the Texans' picks: Round 2/58 -- Ben Tate, RB, 6-0, 220, Auburn, When they missed out on Ryan Mathews and bypassed Toby Gerhart, they traded up in the second round to get him. He has vision and instincts and 4.4 speed to give them some home-run ability. - by The Sports Xchange
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03/08/15 - RB Ben Tate, unrestricted FA update, signed for the playoff game against Baltimore after an injury knocked Le'Veon Bell out for that game. He likely won't be back.
01/04/15 - RB Ben Tate, signed as a free agent on Tuesday, started in RB Le'Veon Bell's place. Tate rushed for 19 yards on five carries and caught two passes for nine yards. Tate played with the Cleveland Browns and Minnesota Vikings during the regular season and was released by both teams. He rushed for 371 yards and four touchdowns on 119 carries and caught nine passes for 60 yards.
12/31/14 - RB Ben Tate joined his third team in seven weeks when he signed with the Steelers on Tuesday (Dec. 30).
Tate was released by the Cleveland Browns in November. He had a season-high 25 carries against the Steelers on Oct. 12, gaining 78 yards and scoring twice.
Tate was claimed by the Minnesota Vikings on waivers but had only 13 carries for 38 yards in five games before he was waived again.
12/31/14 - RB Ben Tate practiced with the Steelers for the first time on Wednesday. He is expected to back up starter Josh Harris if Le'Veon Bell does not play.
12/24/14 - RB Ben Tate, who was claimed off waivers from the Browns last month, was released on Tuesday. Tate was active in all five games, but played in only three. He rushed for 38 yards on 13 carries. Coaches weren't impressed with his conditioning. He also lost yardage on too many carries when he was slow to get moving forward.
12/23/14 - RB Ben Tate was waived by the Vikings Tuesday (Dec. 23).
11/24/14 - RB Ben Tate, claimed off waivers from the Browns on Wednesday, was active on Sunday but did not play. He needs more time to learn the offense.
11/20/14 - RB Ben Tate was claimed on waivers from the Browns by the Vikings Wednesday (Nov. 19).
11/19/14 - RB Ben Tate was waived by the Browns Tuesday (Nov. 18), 10 games into a two-year, $6.2 million contract.
Tate, a backup to Arian Foster before reaching free agency in March 2014, signed with the Browns and opened the season as Cleveland's starter. But he left the Week 1 game after four carries with a knee injury and never found his footing as rookies Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell carved out their own niche in a committee backfield that Tate said last week he didn't like.
"With all the transactions we make while constructing our roster, it will always be our intent to do what is best for our football team," Browns general manager Ray Farmer said. "This move is no different and we wish Ben the best going forward."
Tate played in eight games and had two carries for minus-9 yards last week against Houston.
Tate, who made $2.5 million in signing bonus and guarantees before Tuesday's transaction, is subject to waivers and eligible to be claimed by any team. The priority order is set by overall record, with the Oakland Raiders (0-10) first and the Arizona Cardinals (9-1) 32nd.
10/19/14 - RBs Ben Tate (4.6 yards per attempt) came into Sunday's game with a solid per-carry average. But he averahed just 2.3 yards against Jacksonville. Half of Tate's 36 yards in 16 carries came on one 18-yard run.