Terrance West came to Ravens camp trying to carve out a spot in the Ravens crowded backfield.
Now after having one of the most impressive training camps of anyone on the 90-man roster, and after impressive rookie running back Kenneth Dixon suffered a knee injury against the Lions on Saturday night, West could have a major role in the Ravens offense, especially early in the season.
Based on playing time against the Lions, West appears to have leap-frogged Buck Allen on the Ravens depth chart, something Dixon seemed to have done as well.
That would leave West at No. 2 behind Justin Forsett at least as long as Dixon is sidelined, which is expected to be four to six weeks.
In three preseason games this month, West has 25 carries for 101 yards and two touchdowns.
West played in six games for the Ravens last year after being promoted from the practice squad, rushing 46 times for 180 yards. Still, with Forsett, Allen and Lorenzo Taliaferro all returning, and with Dixon arriving as a fourth-round pick, there was no guarantee there would be a spot for West this fall.
But throughout camp, West showed quickness and explosiveness and consistent effort. In short, he showed a sense of urgency as if his job depended on it, which, essentially, it did.
"My mindset (going into training camp) was just coming to work and being ready," West said after Saturday's game. "I wanted to show the coaches I was serious about making this team."
Now after seeing his career stall amid questions about his work ethic and discipline -- first in Cleveland as a third-round pick and then in Tennessee after a trade -- West, the Baltimore native and former Towson star, appears to be right at home with his hometown team.
West, though, did not take much comfort in his role expanding because of an injury to Dixon.
"Everybody wants to play," West said, "but at the same time we compete and we love each other. To see him go down, it hurts all of us."
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