The running back time share is really popular right now in the league. With more passing going on than ever, teams are using multiple backs. The Texans are pretty balanced since they have the luxury of having two good backs in Arian Foster and Ben Tate. Ben Tate had a nice game week 1 but admitted that he isn’t exactly thrilled to be the man behind The Man:
“I would be lying to you if I told you that I embraced the complement role to someone else,” Tate told Ross Jones of FOXSports.com. “That’s not why I wanted to be in the NFL. That’s not my dream to complement someone else. That’s not what my attitude or why I work out is to complement someone else.”
This is an interesting situation. I appreciate Tate’s honesty but this is typically a thing you keep private. You could tell during the game last week that Foster was upset about not getting the majority of the carries. It will be interesting to see if this has any effect on the team’s play or locker room chemistry. I do know that with Tate being a free agent after this season, he days in Houston are numbered.