The Running Backs:
Terrance West has obvious talent, but he hasn’t lived up to his potential. West is on his third team. West made a name for himself as a walk-on star at Towson. It earned him a large fanbase in Baltimore. West got his shot with the Ravens in 2015. In six games with the Ravens he had 180 rushing yards. In 2016 he was the main running back. He rushed for 774 yards and scored five touchdowns. While he averaged a decent four yards per carry, these aren’t exactly monster numbers from West.
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West hasn’t had a 1,000 yard rushing season yet. He has been a run of the mill running back. It’s been nothing special, other than some really brilliant flashes. With Kenneth Dixon out for the season, West becomes the main ball-carrier for the Ravens (by default). West isn’t the only unproven talent the Ravens have in the backfield. Buck Allen essentially vanished last season. Without Dixon in the fold, this is Allen’s chance.
In 2015, Allen stepped up as a rookie. He caught 45 passes and made an impact as a receiving running back. He has struggled some as a running back in between the tackles. Allen averaged 3.8 yards per carry in 2015. It was clear that he needed to work on his game, but the talent is obviously there. He is such a smooth running athlete, that his potential is still there. The Ravens have Danny Woodhead as an established pass catcher out of the backfield, but it’s West and Allen that have to prove themselves as ball carriers.