The Browns sorely needed some help at running back with re-tread Willis McGahee leading the team last year with 377 yards on 138 carries for a 2.7 yard per rush average. It seems that the team has finally found their man in free agent pick up Ben Tate.
The Browns first showed interest in Tate after sending Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts earlier last season. ClevelandBrowns.com senior editor Vic Carucci seems to think he was worth the wait.
Tate, 25, was the most accomplished running back in the open market with experience in the outside zone-blocking run scheme of new Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, who employed the same system as the Texans’ offensive coordinator while Tate was part of their team.
Tate excels in the “one-cut” running style that is imperative to the scheme’s success, meaning that as he starts the play to the outside behind the lateral flow of the line, he has a good feel and sense of timing for when to cut in the opposite direction and find a seam through which he can run.
Any bets on who will rush for more yards next year between Tate and Richardson?