"I think in the AFC North, you have to be running back by committee," Pettine said. "You'd like to have a guy that can carry most of the load, but also be able to alternate guys ... you've got to be able to get fresh legs out there."
Tate -- who signed a two-year deal in the offseason -- remains the favorite to see the majority of snaps this season. Pettine's comments indicate that third-round pick Terrance West and Dion Lewis will also be part of the game plan.
However the Browns attack it, they need to do a far better job establishing the run game in 2014. They led the league in pass attempts last season, an insane statistic when you remember their starting quarterbacks were Brandon Weeden, Jason Campbell and Brian Hoyer.