Ben Tate wants more carries in Browns' backfield

Ben Tate signed a two-year, $6.2 million deal with the Browns in March under the expectation of serving as Cleveland's clear-cut bell-cow this autumn.

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It hasn't worked out that way, leading Tate to acknowledge on Tuesday that he'd be "lying" if he said he was satisfied with the amount of carries he's received, according to Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram.

Tate was careful not to complain about his role, but Petrak noted the veteran was "clearly disappointed" with a rotational role that's led to 104 carries this season, which puts him behind first-year back Terrance West (107) and just ahead of fellow rookie Isaiah Crowell (64).

"It's just a bump in the road," Tate said, per The Plain Dealer, noting that "you'd look like a bad guy" to complain about snaps on a Browns team coming off its biggest win in years, a 24-3 thumping of the Cincinnati Bengals.

Cleveland's three-headed backfield has been the stuff of nightmares for fantasy owners, but the unpredictable nature of the rotation has kept opponents on their toes. The same goes for Tate and his fellow runners, with the back acknowledging that none of them have any idea how they'll be used from game to game.

Play-caller Kyle Shanahan has said all along that the hot hand will rule the day, which puts the ball in Tate's court to churn out more yardage and bigger plays. Sunday's showdown with the Texans -- Tate's former team -- wouldn't be a bad place to start.

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