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Ben Tate makes makes cocky statement about his role on the Browns

  • Jim Racalto


The Cleveland Browns significantly bolstered their running game this past offseason, signing former Houston Texan Ben Tate, then drafting the dynamic Terrance West out of Towson. There’s rumblings that the Browns are impressed with West, and some believe he will push Tate for the starting running back gig.

Tate, however, isn’t threatened at all by this talk, and believes there’s no other back on the roster that is on his level. Not even West.


Truthfully, I don’t look at it like that,” Tate said Thursday, per The Plain Dealer. “You guys may see it like that, but there’s nobody in that room that scares me. I’m just honest.”

“Honestly I’m not worried about that, because I know when I’m on my game — no disrespect to any other running back here — but there’s no one that can touch me or that’s close to what I do,” he said. “I battled in and out every day with what some people consider the best running back in the league in Arian Foster. I’ve seen the best. I went against him every day. I battled it, so this around here to me is really not anything.”

West didn’t back down when he heard about Tate’s comments, saying that he hopes to prove him wrong. Tate and West agreed that it’s their job to push each other, and that type of competition will make the Browns better as a whole. Expect both guys to receive their fair share of carries in 2014, no matter who gets to carry the title of starter.


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