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November 7, 2017


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Ben Tate was elated upon his arrival in Cleveland last year as Dontari Poe Jersey a free agent.Things quickly turned sour, though, when rookie Terrence West gained ground on Tate, then surpa sed him on the depth chart. Before long, rookie Isaiah Crowell was closing in, as well.MORE: Top veteran vs. rookie camp battles | Manziel living with his high school coachIt left a lingering bitterne s in the locker room and led to heated disputes between Tate and West, says Browns running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery."(Tate) came in early and they paid him (free agent) money to come here so he felt he was 'the guy' and the other guys were in his way," Montgomery told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "It created friction and this year there's no friction at all. Everybody is out relaxing and playing."Tate sustained an injury that opened the way for West, and by midseason Tate had been waived. He'd played behind Arian Foster for the Texans and anticipated the spotlight in Cleveland, which signed him to a two-year, $6.2 million Duke Riley Jersey contract.That never really materialized. He rushed for 333 yards and four touchdowns in eight games before he was released. He was signed by the Vikings, released, and then signed by the Steelers after Le'Veon Bell hyperextended his knee. In November, Sporting News' David Steele named Tate one of the worst free agent running backs of 2014.He reportedly worked out with the Cowboys last month, and with the Lions this week.It was rocky from the very beginning in Cleveland and only got worse over time. West wasted no time in establishing himself in training camp, ruffling the confident Tate."It was bad," Montgomery said. "You would see West tweet something out there on social media and then Ben would tweet and they would go back and forth all the time talking about they had no competition."The discord went beyond social media, the Plain Dealer reports from Montgomery:"They would get into it, you know, in the locker room, just having words, and in the LaRoy Reynolds Jersey meeting room, and it takes away from what you are doing out on the field. It becomes a distraction. It's a serious thing, it's a hard thing, but then you have to move on like we did and let Matt Ryan Jersey these young guys grow."West rushed for 673 yards last season, fifth best among rookies behind the Bengals' Jeremy Hill (1,144), the Rams' Tre Mason (765), the Giants' Andre Williams (720) and the Chargers' Branden Oliver (671). Crowell was right behind West with 607 rushing yards in 2014.The Browns drafted Duke Johnson out of Miami and there's no reason to think the speedy back won't mix it up right away with West and Crowell. But it won't be a problem, says Montgomery. The problem is gone.

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