Browns release running back Ben Tate

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Just a day ago head coach Mike Pettine told reporters that Ben Tate had fallen behind Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West on the Browns depth chart because the team was looking for more explosiveness.

Now he has been released.

“It’s explosiveness with the young backs,” Pettine said, via Mary Kay Cabot. “Just a little more pop.”

Tate had run the ball 106 times but totaled just 333 yards (a lowly 3.1 yards per carry) while finding the endzone four times.

The 26-year-old was all over the depth chart for the Browns this year and whether Crowell or West benefits the most remains to be seen.

Tate had just two touches for minus nine yards in Sunday’s loss against the Texans. Someone could take a gamble on him for the rest of the season hoping he resembles something of the back who averaged 4.3 yards per carry over the last two seasons with the Texans.