Could Tate be answer for Browns at RB?

Could Tate be answer for Browns at RB?

Published Mar. 13, 2014 10:36 p.m. ET

The Browns might have found their answer at running back.

It had been reported that running back Ben Tate would make his first visit with the Browns on Wednesday. The Browns through a team spokesman confirmed Tate's visit on Thursday night to Fox Sports Ohio, likely meeting with Browns officials.

Tate, 25, could be the Browns featured running back the team has been missing since they traded Trent Richardson to the Colts in September for a first-round draft choice.

Currently, the only running backs on the Browns roster are Edwin Baker, Fozzy Whittaker and Chris Ogbonnaya.


Tate (5-11, 217 pounds) had 771 yards on 181 rushes in 2013 with four touchdowns. He also caught 34 passes for 140 yards. Tate had cracked ribs during the season and missed the last two games.

He started seven games and appeared in 14. Tate's best season was in 2011 when he rushed for 942 yards on 175 carries (5.4 avg.) with four touchdowns. He also caught 13 passes for 98 yards.

Tate was drafted by the Texans in the second-round (58th overall) in 2010 from Auburn, but he missed his entire rookie season with a broken ankle.

Tate has been called a good fit for Browns' offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's zone blocking-scheme offense.