Terrance West landed with New Orleans and will compete to fill in for Mark Ingram for the first four weeks of the season. West bottomed out last year (3.5 yards per carry) before hurting his calf and missing 11 games, so it's unlikely he'll be handed any role with the Saints. Until it's clear he'll work for those first four games, Fantasy owners shouldn't bother having him on rosters.
West rushed five times for 10 yards in Thursday's 24-20 win over the Jaguars in the preseason opener. West's first carry didn't come until the two-minute drill to end the first half. After that, he saw some work over the course of the second half, yet failed to produce much. While fellow tailback and competitor Shane Vereen sprinkled in his five touches over the same span, his eight total yards left little separation between the two.
West signed a contract with the Saints on Wednesday, Herbie Teope of NFL.com reports. West spent parts of the last three seasons with the Ravens, but saw action in just five contests during the 2017 campaign while tumbling down the depth chart. The Saints will give West an opportunity to prove he still has something left in the tank, and he could provide some added experience in the backfield behind Alvin Kamara while Mark Ingram (suspension) sits out the first four games. How the snaps are divvied out behind Kamara will depend on the performances of West and the team's young stable of reserve backs during training camp.
West is visiting the Eagles on Tuesday, Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun reports. Following a career-best 2016 season in which West ran for 774 yards and five touchdowns in 16 games, he went on to appear in just five games for the Ravens in 2017 and carried the ball 39 times for 138 yards and two touchdowns. The Eagles likely are satisfied with their stable of running backs, but they could view West as potential insurance for an injury.
West appeared in just five games in 2017, rushing 39 times for 138 yards and two touchdowns and adding two receptions for 23 yards. The four-year veteran heads to free agency at an unfortunate time as West put together the worst season of his career to date in 2017. West entered as the favorite to be the Ravens' primary back on standard downs after Kenneth Dixon went down with a season-ending meniscus injury, but he surprisingly fell behind Alex Collins -- who was signed to the practice squad just before the regular season -- and Javorius Allen. West will be 27 when the season begins, but he still has the size and physical running style to garner some attention from teams in need of a short-yardage back. That said, his days of being a starter-level option for teams is likely over.
West is active for Saturday's game against the Colts, Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun reports. West, who was last active back on Oct. 8, adds depth to the team's Week 16 backfield, but we wouldn't expect him to make a big fantasy splash Saturday, with Alex Collins, Danny Woodhead and Javorius Allen also in the mix.
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