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RB Terrance West Pursues His Dream of Starting for the Ravens

Terrance West

No one could have ever thought about Terence West in the same way as the events happening around him have begun to unfold in 2016. The strategic position that the running back has already catapulted himself to could enable him to live the reality of appearing on the starting lineup for the Baltimore Ravens. The depth chart for the Ravens ranks him at No. 3; however, he has maintained the No. 1 position as a playmaker for their offense in training camp. He has displayed exceptional skills while making cuts, hitting holes, evading tackles to improve the Raven’s Super Bowl betting odds.

West has shown constant improvement in the offense with his style of play in training camp practice, making him reflect the potential-filled player from the 2014 third-round pick. According to West, his game has improved because of his deep concentration in the match and the fact that Baltimore is his hometown so he has to give back to his community he came from to ensure everyone appreciates him as much as he appreciates them.

John Harbaugh, Ravens head coach, is yet to pick a name for 2016 officially starting running back. Meanwhile, it looks like the players have relaxed in the backfield waiting for Harbaugh call. In the history of the Ravens, they currently have the most cordial running back group, and this gives them the opportunity to win back-to-back games every week this season if the Harbaugh makes the right choice for a starter.

Nearly one week of practice has passed in the camp, with Buck Allen and Justin Forsett unsurprisingly representing the first two teams, solidifying their presence in the team. For two seasons, Baltimore has depended on Forsett in rushing, while last season, Allen started in the last six games. However, with West’s outstanding performance in the camp, even the coaching staff are already discussing him. Coach Harbaugh expressed his sentiments saying, as a football player, West looks impressive. From a physical point of view, he shows urgency with his running, cuts, and good reads, which makes him fast through the hole.

Perhaps, such an urgency originates from the fact that he started playing football in his hometown while in high school and college, and coming back to Baltimore brings back the good memories of his career foundation. Even though in the 2014 draft he was the 94th selected player selected, 17 months later, he was traded to the Tennessee Titans from the Cleveland Browns for a conditional 7th-rounnd pick. Seven weeks later, he left the Titans.

Inconsistency, maturity issues, along with his ability to create offensives are the most devastating setbacks. Since the Ravens picked him last year, West has played tremendously well in practice to become the backup in the final 6 games, and averaging 3.9 yards per carry. He lost 15 pounds between the last game of last season and the fixture at Ravens headquarters. When interrogated about the possibility of becoming a starter with Baltimore this season, West responded saying that would be the reality of his dream, and since most of his hometown fans depend on him, the city would be happy for him.


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