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Pettine: Browns will use RB by committee approach

Ben Tate might not find anybody who scares him in the Browns' running back room, but he'll have company handling the workload on Sundays.

Browns coach Mike Pettine told The Plain Dealer that Cleveland will embrace a committee approach as the team attempts to put a better emphasis on the run in 2014.

"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.

With Johnny Manziel still the favorite to open the season as the starter, the Browns will need a solid run game to protect their rookie quarterback. It won't be a one-man job.

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