Aug 25, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; (Editors note: Caption correction) Houston Texans running back Ben Tate (44) runs with the ball as New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Akiem Hicks (76) attempts to make a tackle during the first quarter at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Gary Kubiak expects Ben Tate to have a “really good year.”


Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak expects running back Ben Tate to have a “really good year.”

Tate is averaging 5.73 yards per carry so far this pre-season. Tate’s role during the 2013 regular season will likely increase due to concerns over Arian Foster’s 2010-2012 workloads and problems with recovering quickly from minor injuries.

“I think Ben is ready. I think he’s going to have a really good year. I’ve been impressed with his camp.” Gary Kubiak told HoustonTexans.com

Tate had 74 yards on 11 carries with a touchdown in Houston’s 31-23 loss against the New Orleans Saints.

“The big emphasis was on running the ball and getting back to that. I felt we definitely had to step up as a unit, and we did that tonight.” Tate told HoustonTexans.com after the loss against the Saints.

Last season Tate played in 11 games and rushes for 279 yards on 65 attempts with two touchdowns. He averaged 4.3 yards a carry. His numbers dropped compared to the 2011 seasons where he played 15 games and rushed for 942 yards on 175 attempts with four touchdowns.

I think Tate rushes for anywhere between 400-550 yards and five touchdowns this season.

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