Steelers Offense Is Very Foreign To New RB Ben Tate

With Pittsburgh Steelers starting running back Le’Veon Bell currently nursing a right knee injury that could potentially prevent him from playing Saturday night in the AFC Wild Card game against the Baltimore Ravens, the team decided Tuesday to sign veteran free agent running back Ben Tate as insurance. Tate talked to the local media for the first time Wednesday after his first practice with his new team.

“Whatever way I can help, it really doesn’t matter to me,” Tate said  “Whatever it is, my job right now is to pick up this offense and learn as much as I can.”

As far as the Steelers offense goes, Tate was asked if he sees any similarities in it when comparing it to other offenses that he’s played in during his career. His one word answer was a bit surprising.

“No,” he said.

Tate, who is now on his third team this season after previously playing for the Cleveland Browns and Minnesota Vikings, still isn’t really sure what his role will be with the Steelers moving forward.

“I really don’t know. I just got here,” he said. “I haven’t even been here 24 hours, yet. So, I’m just focusing on trying to learn the playbook, and everything else will work itself out.”

While Tate might not be able to help the ream much Saturday night against the Ravens if Bell doesn’t play, he sure made a good first impression on his new teammates as to where his mind is at.

“He stood up in our team meeting room and said he’s just here to help us win,” Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said Wednesday. “If that’s the attitude, the mindset, we’re all for it.”

  • Eric Crook

    It’s going to be hard for any player t learn a brand new offense in less than a week, that being said, RB should be an easier transition as all you really have to know is the holes, it will be more difficult for Tate to learn all the pass plays and protections compared to actually just running the ball.

  • steelant

    Tate u know how to run and not fumble ur fine wit me. Even doe there’s more to it.

  • LabRat0116

    A Winning attitude is 1/2 the battle!

    100% different than that completely selfish attitude of Garrett.

  • westcoasteeler

    He’ll be good for the goal line attack. Whether as a decoy or a one yard juggernaut. Still thinking Harris then Archer then Tate.

  • dan

    true. then again blount always said the right things too. It’s about actually doing them

  • Paddy

    All he has to do is block for Ben.

  • JT Thomas

    Good luck with that Ben Tate is a scumbag who is all about himself don’t believe anything he says he quit on the Browns and threw a tantrum when West and Crowell out touched him this year he’s a diva who doesn’t produce and is always injured or fumbling

  • Derrick Johnson

    I know the Steelers offense very foreign to him because he haven’t been with the team that long, but Ben Tate better be able to speak the language of the offense on Saturday night to help us win.

  • Blender898

    Stick with Harris. Tate for emergency only

  • ND_Steel

    Tate just needs to come in and be a positive influence, happy he has a job. He’ll likely be more than a cheerleader on Saturday. He’s signed more in case Bell can’t go the week after than this game.

  • Jeff Burton

    I did a little research on Tate and what I saw was a young talented player that had a couple injuries that cost him playing time. He got disillusioned because he wanted to do more and has bounced around on floundering teams. He should be motivated to do his best to stick with the Steelers. I hope he can show that they made the right choice in signing him.

  • Steven Vincent

    One definite top shelf big time NEED we have is a solid #2 RB. If Tate could work out and be that guy, that’s one less thing we have to worry about in the offseason.