OWINGS MILLS – The Ravens hope newly-acquired running back Terrence West learns about being a professional from veteran running back Justin Forsett. One of the team’s most respected players, Forsett keeps himself in great shape, practices with enthusiasm, and studies film relentlessly. That’s a blueprint the Ravens want West to follow, after signing the former Towson star to the Ravens’ practice squad Tuesday.
“A guy like Justin Forsett helps all of our guys,” said Ravens coach John Harbaugh. “He helps our coaches. He’s a great leader and a great mentor. That should have a big influence on Terrence.”
With running backs Forsett, Buck Allen, and Raheem Mostart on the 53-man roster, West may not see any game action this season. But the Ravens would like to see West develop into the kind of player the Browns expected when they drafted him in the third round last year. West has disappointed in Cleveland and Tennessee, but joining the Ravens has given West another clean slate.
Forsett took advantage of his opportunity two years ago after joining the Ravens last year, going from fourth-string running back in training camp to having a career year as a starter. The Ravens would love to see West’s career blossom the same way.