The Texans and RB Ben Tate, a second-round pick from Auburn, have agreed on a contract, ESPN and The Houston Chronicle reported Thursday. ESPN's Adam Schefter, via Twitter, reported the contract is four years in length.
Tate, 21, rushed for 1,362 yards and 10 touchdowns on 263 carries in 2009. He will compete with Arian Foster and Steve Slaton for the Texans' starting job. Foster and Slaton, who performed well in organized team activities, are ahead of Tate, who missed time in the spring with a hamstring injury.
Tate, personnel analyst Nolan Nawrocki wrote in PFW's 2010 Draft Preview, "runs hard and attacks the line" and has "good straight-line speed." However, Tate is "tight-hipped and struggles to make defenders miss."
CB Kareem Jackson, the Texans' first-round pick, is the one Texans draft choice who has yet to reach a contract agreement with Houston.
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