West gained 43 yards on seven carries in Saturday's preseason game against the Lions.
Justin Forsett and Kenneth Dixon (knee) got most of the first-team work, with West mixing in for a few snaps. After Dixon left the game with a knee injury shortly before halftime, West and Javorius Allen shared the backfield until late in the fourth quarter, with the latter gaining 15 yards on eight carries and 17 yards on four receptions. Justin Forsett seems to be locked in as the starter, but the Baltimore backfield is still difficult to assess, with Dixon, West and Allen all having a case to get touches. West could have a role Week 1 against the Bills, as he's arguably been the most impressive of the bunch this preseason, and Dixon may not even available.
West had nine carries for 25 yards and two touchdowns, adding one catch for seven yards, in Thursday's preseason opener against the Panthers.
The Ravens held out a healthy Justin Forsett, allowing the team to get an extended look at West, Javorius Allen and Kenneth Dixon in the first half. All three running backs had their moments, continuing a battle that's been the talk of camp. West is making a strong case to earn a roster spot, even though Forsett, Allen and Dixon are all considered locks. It increasingly seems the Ravens could be headed for a committee situation in the backfield, regardless of how the depth chart shakes out before Week 1.
A third-round pick in the 2014 draft, West is already on his third NFL organization, having washed out of Cleveland and Tennessee. He's noticeably thinner ahead of his third season, weighing in around 215 pounds instead of 230. The weight loss has already paid off, with the Baltimore native making a strong case to earn a roster spot on his hometown team, even though the
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
The competition may not even have a roster spot at the end of the line, as the
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|2||9/18/16||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
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