West worked ahead of Lorenzo Taliaferro during the offseason program, ESPN.com's Jamison Hensley reports. West, Taliaferro and Trent Richardson (knee) were expected to compete for (possibly) one roster spot, but it appears the latter may have fallen out of the competition after having arthroscopic surgery. It's actually a bit surprising that West worked ahead of 2014 fourth-rounder Taliaferro, who often served as the Ravens' short-yardage/goal-line back when healthy his first two seasons. Granted, foot/ankle injuries have limited Taliaferro to just 16 appearances, and West is reportedly in the best shape of his career. This isn't a high priority battle, as fellow running backs Justin Forsett, Javorius Allen and rookie Kenneth Dixon are all considered locks for the final roster. The competition between West and Taliaferro might ultimately be decided on special teams.
West figures to compete with Trent Richardson (hamstring) and Lorenzo Taliaferro for what might only be one roster spot, The Baltimore Sun reports. The competition may not even have a roster spot at the end of the line, as the Ravens typically carried just three running backs in recent seasons, and it seems Justin Forsett, Javorius Allen and Kenneth Dixon are all locks for the final roster. Injuries might take a toll by the time the regular season rolls around, but it otherwise appears West will face a steep uphill battle, even though he's reportedly in much better shape than in past seasons. The same is true of Richardson, who's been sidelined at OTAs with a hamstring injury after losing approximately 20 pounds since training camp last year.
West signed his exclusive-rights tender, the Baltimore Sun reports. West has lost nearly 15 pounds already this offseason, and he recently said that he hopes to compete for a starting job. In reality, he'll likely just be fighting to earn a roster spot, with Justin Forsett and Javorius Allen likely to enter training camp as the Ravens' top two running backs. West, a Baltimore native, had 46 carries for 180 yards in six games with the Ravens last season.
The Ravens have placed an exclusive rights tender on West, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports. A third-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, West caught on with the Ravens midway through last season, following unimpressive stints with the Browns and Titans. He'll likely have to fight for one of the final roster spots in 2016, as Justin Forsett (arm) and Javorius Allen are expected to compete for the starting job.
West had 46 carries for 180 yards and four catches for 21 yards in six games with the Ravens. West, a Baltimore native, was traded from the Browns to the Titans in September, then later released by Tennessee in November. He caught on with his hometown team and even had a significant role in a few late-season games, but with Justin Forsett (arm) and Lorenzo Taliaferro (foot) both expected back in 2016, West doesn't necessarily have a future in Baltimore.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|6||10/16||@New York Giants||26||20.38|
|7||10/23||@New York Jets||3||13.13|
|14||12/13||@New England Patriots||5||14.00|
|3 Year Avg||116||452||2||8||42||0||61|