Ravens coach John Harbaugh suggested last week that he is open to getting more running backs involved on offense. Terrance West is hoping his play can help close that matter for Harbaugh.
Since leapfrogging Justin Forsett as the team's featured tailback, West has earned the lion's share of plays from scrimmage. The Northwestern High and Towson University product has been on the field for 140 plays in the past four games compared to 35 snaps for Javorius "Buck" Allen, 18 for rookie Kenneth Dixon, and 11 for Lorenzo Taliaferro.
Similarly, West leads the offense in carries (96), yards (424) and touchdowns (three) and has added 10 catches for 59 yards. According to STATS, he has been stuffed just seven times for a 7.3 percentage that ranks 16th among rushers.
"I worked hard to get here," West said Wednesday. "Nothing was given. So it feels great."
A third-round pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2014, West led that team in attempts (171) and yards (673) and scored four touchdowns. But before the start of the next season, he was traded to the Tennessee Titans, who deactivated West for six of eight games before releasing him.
West, who was signed by the Ravens to their practice squad on Nov. 18, 2015, acknowledged that his second year "was a bumpy road." But he said he never doubted there was a place for him in the NFL.
"The talent wasn't ever the problem," he said. "That wasn't ever the question. In the NFL, every player is not meant to be on every team. You've got to find that right team, the organization that believes and trusts in you, and you've just got to give the same back to them, and everything else will take care of itself."
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The Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday's opponent, are familiar with West from his time spent with the Browns and then the Ravens, but coach Mike Tomlin pointed out that experience won't amount to much if the league's No. 16 run defense can't contain West.
"Familiarity is one thing, and stopping someone and minimizing the run game is another," Tomlin said. "We are somewhat familiar with him, but we still have to do our job and still have to minimize his impact on the game in that way."
Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg likes what he has seen from West thus far.
"He's an awfully good player, and he has dramatically improved in several aspects of his game," Mornhinweg said. "He sure is running the ball well and protecting well. I'd like to utilize him a little bit more in the pass game as well."