OWINGS MILLS – Coming off his best game since joining the Ravens (42 yards on 13 carries), running back Terrance West is drawing praise from coach John Harbaugh. Now Harbaugh is interested to see how hard West pushes himself during the offseason.
A former star at both Towson and Baltimore Northwestern High, West fell out of favor with the Browns after being drafted in the third round in 2014. The Browns traded him to the Titans before this season, but the Titans released him before the Ravens signed him in November.
Harbaugh liked West before the 2014 draft, and that feeling has not changed.
“Terrance is young, so everything he can improve on,” said Harbaugh. “It’s going to be one of those across-the-board deals. But the thing I like about him is he has a really great – he’s born to be a running back. He’s 225, 230 pounds, 5-10, 5-11 – whatever he is – and he has quick feet. He’s explosive. He can really bend and run behind his pads. He loves running the football. He loves playing football. He’s into it. I would expect that he’ll be a guy that really goes to work in the offseason and try to improve. He can be a really good player.
“He’s going to mature physically. He’s going to get stronger. The next couple of years are going to be his wheelhouse, as it always is for running backs. It depends on how hard he works and how hard he trains, really. But I expect him to do that.”
Justin Forsett is making a quick recovery from his broken arm, and Buck Allen is running well replacing Forsett as the starter. However, having depth at running back is never a bad thing, and West is showing he wants to be part of the Ravens’ plans next season.
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