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Ben Tate: All the Johnny Manziel attention is annoying

Ben Tate BrownsCleveland Browns offseason practices are only a few weeks old, and running back Ben Tate already thinks the attention paid to quarterback Johnny Manziel is excessive.

Things started over the weekend when Tate had this to say about his new teammate to USA Today.

“He had success early in his career when he was at (Texas) A&M. He won the Heisman or whatever, but there are lots of people that have won the Heisman. I mean, Mark Ingram won the Heisman, and I don’t see everyone all excited when he got to the league.”

Tate also said that the Browns are Brian Hoyer’s team until things change.

The backlash for Tate’s comments led the running back to try clarifying his position via Twitter Monday.

Tate gave more comments about Manziel after practice on Tuesday and explained that he thinks all the attention Manziel faces must be annoying.

“It’s not really sympathy, it’s just as a player I know I would get tired if people were monitoring if I picked my nose, if I spit to the left or right,” Tate said Tuesday via Cleveland.com. “It’s annoying. He’s a human being. He’s a great football player. I get why he gets the constant media attention. I just think he wants to come in here and do his job and try to win the starting quarterback position.”

Rather than Tate being annoyed with Manziel, it seems like Tate is really just annoyed with the media for hounding Manziel. The problem is many players can’t separate their dislike of the attention a player receives with the dislike of a player. All the attention ends up causing resentment and sometimes leads to a player being disliked because he is a media magnet. Hopefully that won’t happen with Manziel in Cleveland. As long as he plays well for the Browns, it probably won’t.

Ben Tate does Arian Foster bow after touchdown (GIF)

Ben Tate pointBen Tate honored Arian Foster by doing his teammate’s end zone celebration after scoring a touchdown on Sunday.

Tate scored three times in the Houston Texans’ 34-31 loss at home to the New England Patriots. He scored on an 8-yard run in the first quarter, 20-yard run in the second quarter, and he put the Texans up 31-28 on a 10-yard score in the fourth. After scoring in the fourth, Tate pointed to Foster on the sidelines and then bowed to the crowd just like Foster does.

It was a cool gesture by Tate, who finished with 102 yards on 22 carries. He has been running full-time for the Texans since Foster injured his back in Week 9 and underwent surgery.

Ben Tate challenges name-calling fan on Twitter to say it to his face

Ben TateBen Tate was frustrated after the Houston Texans lost 28-23 at home to the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, and he took some of his frustration out on fans over Twitter.

First he took a passive-aggressive shot at Texans fans for booing the team at home:

Then he responded to a cursing fan by challenging the person to call him those names to his face:

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Ben Tate Medically Cleared, Will He Cut into Arian Foster’s Productivity?

Houston Texans running back Arian Foster capitalized on injuries to Ben Tate and Steve Slaton by rushing for a franchise-record 231 yards the first week of the season against the Indianapolis Colts. The undrafted back out of Tennessee didn’t stop there — he put together seven more 100-yard games for the Texans to earn the NFL’s rushing title and fantasy MVP crown. Though 2010 proved to be a monstrous success for Foster, an interesting item was revealed on Tuesday making us wonder how it will impact Foster’s fantasy status for 2011.

Texans running back Ben Tate announced on twitter that he was finally ready to resume his NFL career. “Went to see the doc today finally cleared no more rehab im sooo happy…..time for a vacation then back on the grind for the 2011 season!!!!!!!!#NOLOCKOUT” he wrote.

Tate was Houston’s second-round pick last year and he unfortunately tore up his ankle in the team’s first preseason game in August. Tate ended up on injured reserve for the entire season, and the starting job went to Arian Foster who became a star. Now that the former second-round pick out of Auburn is returning, one has to wonder if Arian will be as productive as he was last year.

There is little doubt that Foster fits into Houston’s offense perfectly and that he can continue his success in the league. The reality is that all teams share carries at running back — even Houston had Derrick Ward getting plenty of looks last season — so I wouldn’t worry about Tate. He has to worry about regaining the form that led to him being a high draft pick, and the Texans would be crazy to take the ball out of Foster’s hands more than they need to.

Tate’s emergence may give the Texans a better second option at running back, but I wouldn’t worry about him cutting into Foster’s stats too much. Arian Foster is still the man in Houston.