A season-ending injury to Reggie Bush has created an opening for Snow Hill graduate Ben Tate to play in the NFL this season. The NFL Network’s Ian Rapport today tweeted that Tate will work out for the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday.
FA RB Ben Tate is working out for the #49ers tomorrow, source said. With Reggie Bush likely out for the season, he could take his spot
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 2, 2015
Tate has played for five teams in five seasons, including three in 2014 alone. Last year, The Browns signed him as a free agent with the expectations of being Cleveland’s featured running back. Tate played eight games for the Browns, rushing for 333 yards and four touchdowns. He was released in midseason, as Cleveland opted to split the carries between Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell. Later that season, Tate joined the Vikings and played three games for Minnesota before his Dec. 25 release.
Prior to the 2014 postseason, Pittsburgh running back Le’Veon Bell was lost to injury. The Steelers signed Tate for the playoff game with the Ravens. In that contest, he gained 19 yards on five carries.
Tate’s most productive NFL season was his first in 2011 when he rushed 942 yards. It was good for 5.4 yards per carry and he scored four touchdowns for the Houston Texans.
Tate started his high school career on the Eastern Shore at Stephen Decater. In his junior season, Tate set the Maryland single season rushing record with 2,886 yards. He scored 25 touchdowns on the ground while averaging 221.4 yards per game. Prior to his senior season, Tate transferred to Snow Hill where he found similar success. His 2,069 yards and 21 touchdowns helped lead the Eagles to the state championship game. That performance earned Tate State Player of the Year honors.
At Auburn, Tate rushed for 3,321 yards and 24 touchdowns. The Texans drafted him in the second round but Tate missed his entire 2010 rookie season when he broke his ankle during an exhibition game.