It wasn’t until the 11th day of OTAs when rookie RB Ben Tate was able to join the Texans for seven-on-seven drills. Sidelined with a hamstring injury, the second-round pick out of Auburn, says he feels good and is ready to get on the field.
“I feel good,” the 220-pound Tate said. “My hamstring isn’t bothering me anymore. I can’t wait to get back out here next week.” Tate asserted that its time to adjust. “Its about time. I’m just getting back into the mix, trying to stay on top of everything.”
For the Texans, they have Arian Foster, Steve Slaton, Ryan Moats, Ben Tate, Chris Henry and Jeremiah Johnson fighting to stay on the roster. It would be a porous surprise if Tate did not make the roster, but the competition is high, as of last week, according to Texans Head Coach Gary Kubiak.
“It’s a battle,” Kubiak said. “We’re probably not going to be able to take them all to camp. Obviously, Foster and Slaton are leading the group right now.” However he hopes Tate can pick up the pace. “We’re hoping he’s full-go next week, and we get six good days out of him here the rest of the way,” Kubiak said. “So far, so good.”
For now, it appears that Foster and Slaton have solidified their spot, and Tate is right behind them. That means that former starter Ryan Moats will compete with former Titan Chris Henry and former Oregon Duck and injury prone back Jeremiah Johnson for the final two running back roster spots.
After Tate’s full day of practice, Kubiak said he likes what he sees from the fresh and attentive Tate.
“He’s faster than everybody else, so obviously he’s fresh,” Kubiak said. “Obviously, he was paying attention and knew what he was doing. We were actually doing some tough stuff on him today as far as no scripting, just calling stuff and seeing how guys react and turning the noise on. It was good to see him out here and get going.”