Texans' Tate getting back to 100 percent
One of the (few) positives coming out of Monday night’s walloping against the Patriots was Ben Tate.
Tate, playing in his second game back after suffering a lingering hamstring injury, which caused him to miss four games, had eight carries for 46 yards against the Patriots and was on the field for 19 snaps.
“I think he’s pretty close,” Kubiak said when asked if Tate was ready to be the running back option after Arian Foster. “We’ll see how he practices this week. His condition level, when you haven’t played in a while. I didn’t like it in Tennessee, I liked it better in New England, a different game, of course, you’re throwing the heck out of the ball.
“But he has taken steps forward the last two weeks. I’d say he’s very close to being ready to go back in there for Arian and maybe carrying the ball 15 times, that type of thing.”
“I guess that’s a good thing,” Tate said.
Tate thought it was difficult to compare his game against the Titans and his game against the Patriots because he had so few plays in Tennessee. He had just three carries against the Titans.
“Every week it’s going to get better and better and better,” Tate said. “I think now it’s back to the point where it’s about 100 percent.”
Tate said it felt good to get some consecutive snaps on Monday but wouldn’t comment on whether or not he’s the team’s second- or third-string running back.
“When they call 44, I go,” Tate said dismissively. “I’m not worried about everything else.”
Last season as a rookie, Tate proved to be a nice compliment to Foster, running for 942 yards and four touchdowns. While Tate was out with his injury this season, newcomer Justin Forsett filled in and played well.
Forsett is averaging 6.0 yards per carry this season. He has 371 yards on 62 carries and a touchdown.