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

Texans RB Ben Tate doesn’t want to complement Arian Foster, or anyone else


The Houston Texans have two very talented running backs, that can be a good thing, and it can be a bad thing. If both players are on board and content with their roles this could be a dream situation. Arian Foster has proven to be one of the league’s best running backs leading the league in rushing in 2010 but his back up Ben Tate could probably start on many NFL teams, and Tate wants to be the man.

“I would be lying to you if I told you that I embraced the complement role to someone else,” Tate told Ross Jones of FOXSports.com. “That’s not why I wanted to be in the NFL. That’s not my dream to complement someone else. That’s not what my attitude or why I work out is to complement someone else.”

Last week Foster carried the ball 18 times for 57 yards, a pedestrian 3.2 yards per carry average. Foster was almost twice as effective running the ball 9 times for 55 yards.

Reportedly the Indianapolis Colts are exploring trades for a running back after losing Vick Ballard for the season. For now though Foster looks like the Texans guy and Tate is locked into that complimentary role and Foster should get the majority of the carries again.

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