Mike Pettine: 'We will use several running backs'

Cleveland Browns new head coach Mike Pettine fields questions from the media during a press conference to announce his hiring at the Browns training facility on January 23, 2014
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Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine claims that his side will use several running backs next season despite the signing of Ben Tate in the off-season.

Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine has suggested that his side will use the committee approach at running back next season.

The Browns signed Ben Tate during free agency from the Houston Texans to become their primary back, but Pettine has admitted that he may have to share his carries with players such as Edwin Baker and Chris Ogbonnaya.

"I think in the AFC North, you have to be running back by committee," Pettine told the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

"You'd like to have a guy that can carry most of the load, but also be able to alternate guys ... you've got to be able to get fresh legs out there."

Tate ran for 771 yards and four touchdowns for the Texans in the 2013 season.

Ben Tate of the Houston Texans rushes past the block of Duane Brown of the Houston Texans on December 23, 2012
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