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Old 01-02-2011   #1
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So what are the Texans going to do with Ben Tate? Should we use him as trade bait? Or do we use him as the primary backup for Arian?
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So what are the Texans going to do with Ben Tate? Should we use him as trade bait? Or do we use him as the primary backup for Arian?
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You can never have enough RBs, because on any given carry they can be out for the year (Just look at Ben Tate this year) and most teams are going to two back systems anyways. There's still a need for Ben Tate and I'm glad we drafted him....we just need a new coach who isn't scared to run the ball down the other team's throats.
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A guy coming off a broken ankle as trade bait? He hasn't played a down in the NFL, I doubt any team would give much for him. I think they need him and should work on replacing slaton.
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Id like to see us give him a few touches just to see what hes worth. He'd be a damn good backup. He would also make some good trade bait.
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Id like to see us give him a few touches just to see what hes worth. He'd be a damn good backup. He would also make some good trade bait.
Can't see him going good trade bait. Perhaps in a year he would be, after a stellar rookie season...
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Foster, Ward and Tate = buh bye Steve
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Why do people want to use Tate as trade bait?

You need more than one back in this league. I'm actually extremely excited to see what Tate can do when healthy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwe7eLaLw7g

He has the potential to be just as good as Arian Foster and he dominated the same conference that Foster did......and he has more break away speed than Foster.

This is why the move for Bill Cowher should be a no brainer for our idiot owner....next season the running game should be a strength of this team and we need a coach who isn't afraid to utilize it more.
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Not much value in the NFL for unproven RB's coming off IR. Maybe a 6th or 7th rd pick if you were extremely lucky.

Tate goes to OTAs and TC and evaluate him there. Could be he ain't the same after the injury, don't need another Houston athlete with foot/ankle problems.
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Keep him to improve the running game and longevity of Arian Foster.

Steve Slaton on the other hand, is as gone as Frank Bush. That's too bad, he was a heck of a player.
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Why do people want to use Tate as trade bait?

You need more than one back in this league. I'm actually extremely excited to see what Tate can do when healthy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwe7eLaLw7g

He has the potential to be just as good as Arian Foster and he dominated the same conference that Foster did......and he has more break away speed than Foster.

This is why the move for Bill Cowher should be a no brainer for our idiot owner....next season the running game should be a strength of this team and we need a coach who isn't afraid to utilize it more.
Stop being so logical and rational.

That Tate kid is as good as done. I mean, you act as if a Texans running back might actually regress the year after having a 1,000+ rushing season. Absurd. We only need Foster and should just release Ward, or maybe package him with Tate in a deal for a TE. Preferably a TE prone to injury, specifically leg injuries.

Might as well try and get something for our two loser RBs.

And this talk about Cowher? Pffftttt....LOL. He's overrated. I wouldn't want him with the star-in-the-making we have right now. It took Tom Landry six years to become a legend. Not gonna' jinx us with such foolishness as abandoning Gurry Kubiak.
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It's certainly true that Foster and Ward have outdone Slaton, but he hasn't been bad this year at all (what little he played). When he got healthy,he was good....just not great. I think Slaton is the one that might have some trade value. I didn't say a whole lot....but some. He has value and we don't need him anymore (assuming Tate is any good--I assume we're assuming that ).
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If the regular season moves past 16 games (which the owners want) then you'll need all the healthy backs you can get.

Actually, that pretty much goes for any position I suppose if they expand the season.
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If the regular season moves past 16 games (which the owners want) then you'll need all the healthy backs you can get.

Actually, that pretty much goes for any position I suppose if they expand the season.
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It's certainly true that Foster and Ward have outdone Slaton, but he hasn't been bad this year at all (what little he played). When he got healthy,he was good....just not great. I think Slaton is the one that might have some trade value. I didn't say a whole lot....but some. He has value and we don't need him anymore (assuming Tate is any good--I assume we're assuming that ).
If the Texans had any hope for Slaton as any significant value as "trade bait," the the Texans brain bank should have shut him down as a kick returner before he embarrassed himself so badly throughout the season on national TV.
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Texans really screwed up by putting Slaton out there returning kickoffs IMO. He looked slow and hesitant doing it and it hurt whatever trade value he had. On the other hand he was effective this year at RB (not Arian effective of course but more or less equal to Ward while playing limited reps) and they should have tried to slip him some more carries. Not too many, just enough to see if he continues to respond.

Slaton could fetch us a late round pick I suspect. He needs to get plenty of reps in our first preseason game and then we need to start looking around the league for somebody who has a broken RB and 5th or 6th round pick they want to unload.

Get something for him though if we don't have a spot for him on our roster. I think it's still possible.
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I could actually see them moving Foster and keeping Tate and Ward along with a late rd pick.

They could use the pick to rebuild the defense and BoB wont have to re-up Foster.

Foster is due to get paid and you know how much BoB likes his $$$$.
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So what are the Texans going to do with Ben Tate? Should we use him as trade bait? Or do we use him as the primary backup for Arian?
yeh keep him to take some carries off AF's shoulders doing that will lenghten AF's career.
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I could actually see them moving Foster and keeping Tate and Ward along with a late rd pick.

They could use the pick to rebuild the defense and BoB wont have to re-up Foster.

Foster is due to get paid and you know how much BoB likes his $$$$.
Foster is the only RB on the roster with any trade value. Slaton + Tate + Ward = late 6th rounder for all 3 together. Not that I want to trade Foster, but he's the only one with value. Rationally, this is his career year. He will never have another year this good, and RBs don't last that long anyway. So if someone would overpay for him (think H. Walker, R. Williams) the Texans should think about it. I would even include Kubiak in the trade as a freebie.
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Foster is the only RB on the roster with any trade value. Slaton + Tate + Ward = late 6th rounder for all 3 together. Not that I want to trade Foster, but he's the only one with value. Rationally, this is his career year. He will never have another year this good, and RBs don't last that long anyway. So if someone would overpay for him (think H. Walker, R. Williams) the Texans should think about it. I would even include Kubiak in the trade as a freebie.
LOL

I wouldn't trade him either.

BoB might though.

Just bringing up the possibility
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