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Baltimore Ravens vs Cleveland Browns: Running back Terrance West faces former team

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With the 94th pick in the 3rd round of the NFL Draft, Ravens fans saw their hometown running back get selected by another team. Not just any team mind you, but the division rival Cleveland Browns. Having grown up in Baltimore and starred at Towson University, West was one of a few starting caliber running backs, even though some said he faced inferior talent to get there.

During the Draft, all the talk on here and with a lot of Ravens fans was on West and how he would be a great compliment to then starter Ray Rice. West's ability to take a pounding between the tackles would be the perfect change up to Ray Rice's quick cuts and speed. Yet, Rice would not start the season on the roster due to his domestic abuse issues, leading the Ravens to grab veteran Justin Forsett.

The Ravens did grab running back Lorenzo Taliaferro in the 4th round, who has shown some sparks of being a solid running back, but is unavailable due to a foot injury that saw him hit the injured reserve list earlier in the season. Meanwhile the Cleveland Browns had enough of West's attitude and work ethic issues, trading him to the Tennessee Titans for a conditional pick before the season started. West would fumble away his chances on the Titans, having put the ball on the ground twice, while only rushing for 51 yards. The Titans would eventually waive West, giving the Ravens their opportunity yet again.

This time, both sides snatched up the chance to return a player to his hometown and provide needed depth. With the loss of Justin Forsett to a broken arm against the St. Louis Rams, West will see his name shine yet again, this time with his hometown team. Luckily for the Ravens and West, that first opportunity comes against the Cleveland Browns.

Now few players will admit to holding a grudge and allowing it to fuel them even more, but this is what grudges are made of. A player cast aside despite being Cleveland's best rusher the year prior, getting a chance to show that he has attitude where it matters, on the field and between the tackles. West should be as pumped as he has ever been in his career for the chance to not only show his new team what he has, but to show his old team and the world that he is a star in the making. On primetime, against the Cleveland Browns, West very well could be a household name in Baltimore again.