OWINGS MILLS - If Ravens running back Terrance West needs extra motivation for Monday night’s game, he may have gotten it from Browns coach Mike Pettine.
During a Wednesday conference call, Pettine said West had maturity and accountability issues during his short stay in Cleveland. The Browns drafted West in the third round in 2014, but he spent just one season in Cleveland before being traded to the Titans.
“We liked Terrance’s skill set, felt he had a chance to be a complete back, Pettine said. “A thicker guy, could still hit some short-yardage runs, but had the ability to either run a guy over, make him miss. He did some good work for us out of the backfield.
“But it was just, some of those maturity issues with Terrance, the accountability, the day-to-day practice habits and being a pro. It was unfortunate, because Terrance is a likeable guy, but we just felt at the time it was in both of ours best interest to move on.”
West, who was picked up by the Ravens after the Titans released him November 7, could get an opportunity for carries Monday night, now that Justin Forsett (broken arm) is done for the season. Buck Allen becomes the Ravens’ featured back, with Raheem Mostert and West backing up Allen.
West was inactive against the Rams in Week 11, but wants to earn a chance to play with a strong week of practice.
“This league is all about next man up,” said West, a Baltimore native and former Towson star. “When I was with Cleveland, first NFL game against the Steelers, Ben Tate went down, and I was the next man up.“I’m very hungry. This Monday you’ll see.”
Asked if Monday's game meant more because it was against the Browns, West said, “We could’ve been playing against anybody this week. I’d have the same feeling. It’s going to be exciting.”
And for West, it could be a chance to pay back critics in Cleveland.