At some point over the next couple of weeks, the Ravens are expected to finalize their deal with running back Trent Richardson. When they do, they’ll add another name to one of their deepest positions.
Running back Justin Forsett, who is recovering from a broken arm suffered in November, remains the presumptive starter. Behind him is Buck Allen, who had 867 yards of total offense and three touchdowns last year as a rookie; 2014 fourth-round pick Lorenzo Taliaferro, who has struggled with injuries but has looked promising in limited opportunities; Terrance West, who showed glimpses of potential last year; and Terrence Magee. Richardson, the third overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft, soon could join that list.
“There’s always competition each and every year,” West said Saturday, before Torrey Smith’s charity basketball game at Royal Farms Arena. “You just have to go out there and put up your best and just compete and let everything else take care of itself.”
West, the former Towson University standout whom the Ravens signed in November after he was let go by the Tennessee Titans, is doing his part to be ready. He said he lost 13 pounds this offseason to get down to 219. He ended last season at 231 pounds, and said he played between 220 and 225 pounds at Towson.
“I'm quick on my feet regardless, but I think me cutting a little bit of weight, I can move better and stuff like that and stay on the field longer,” West said. “I’m good where I’m at right now.”
West said his goal is to "go to camp, be healthy, compete for the starting job and help my team win in any way."
Ravens coach John Harbaugh said at the NFL scouting combine in February that the team would go with the hot hand at running back. However, barring any moves at the position, Forsett and Allen are still expected to enter training camp atop the depth chart. That would leave Taliaferro, West, Magee, Richardson and any other back the Ravens bring in competing for one or two available jobs.
Forsett, though, isn’t taking anything for granted.
“I’m a 5-8, 190-pound running back, so I always have to prove myself,” he said Saturday. “It’s no different each year. Nothing is promised, so I just have to go out and work.”
Forsett, who has started doing some light weight lifting, said he will get another set of X-rays in the next couple of days to see how his arm is healing. But right now, that’s about the only thing holding him back.
“I’m excited to get back for the season,” he said. “I have high expectations for myself. I’m just ready to get back at it and be 100 percent.”