The one thing they all have in common?
They were all ahead of former Towson State University standout RB Terrance West on the Tennessee Titans depth chart. Due to the logjam, Tennessee released West, and he joined the Ravens practice squad on Tuesday.
West, a local product who shined during his tenure at Towson (802 rushes, 4,854 yards, 84 touchdowns from 2011-2013) is now on his third team since being selected in the third round of the 2014 NFL draft by the Cleveland Browns.
Following the trade of West to the Titans, numerous reports out of Cleveland began to surface about the young running back’s struggle with maturity issues along with his poor practice performances and game preparation.
In 2014, Brown appeared in 14 games and rushed for 673 yards on 171 attempts and four touchdowns. In Tennessee, prior to his release he saw action in just two games and recorded 16 carries.
Now back in his hometown, West appears to be on the fringe of his young NFL career being over, depending on how he fares on the Ravens practice squad. With Justin Forsett, Buck Allen and newly signed Raheem Mostert in front of him, barring injury it’s highly unlikely West ever sees the 53-man roster in 2015.
What West can do, however, is make the most of this opportunity given to him by the Ravens, who coveted him in the 2014 draft. He now has the chance to learn from one of the game’s best tutors – both on the field and off the field – in Justin Forsett.
“A guy like Justin Forsett helps all our guys,” John Harbaugh responded when asked how Forsett could possibly help the young West. “He helps our coaches, he helps all of us. He’s a great leader and a great mentor. So, that should have a big influence on Terrance.”
The talent is certainly there for West, but it will only come out if he can overcome the lack of maturity that’s reportedly hindered him the past two seasons.
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