For those who follow me regularly, you know that I am a big proponent a film study. The best way to evaluate a player, simply put, is to watch them play. What does the tape tell us about new Browns running back Ben Tate?
If I was asked to describe Ben Tate in one word it would be versatile. Tate is not a true power back, but he has the size and strength to break through first tacklers. He is not a true speed back, but he has great acceleration can explode through gaps. He doesn’t have Barry Sanders moves, but he does have a certain elusiveness. Check out the video below and you’ll see what I mean.
Conclusion: Tate is a multi-purpose back who can be the primary runner in the proper system. Having complimentary backs like Lewis and Baker should help Tate by keeping defense is from loading up the box. Injury is probably my biggest concern, as he spent most of last year nursing a rib injury. Tate is tough though, and tried to play through it. It remains to be seen if he is durable enough to be the primary running back for a team. If he can stay healthy however, I think he can thrive.
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