Three games into the season the Baltimore Ravens were on pace to finish with a franchise record for fewest rushing yards. Now, they may have found the man to bring them from the depths.
Yesterday, Terrance West was given the starting job over incumbent Justin Forsett. The Ravens were desperate for a ‘spark’, and trying everything to get the ground game working. From super split wide formations to jet sweeps with Mike Wallace & Breshad Perriman, Trestman was trying any gadget necessary. If only he had realized many games earlier there was a tailback with speed, agility and vision sitting on the depth chart.
Terrance West arrived onto the field against the Raiders in an ugly fashion. No holes to run through and no cut backs to find. The Raiders attacked the right side of the line knowing Yanda and Wagner were the trusted bulldozers. They also kept a containment unit waiting for the eventual cut back to the left. It wasn’t hard to figure out, with James Hurst and Ryan Jensen on the field as opposed to rookie tandem Ronnie Stanley & Alex Lewis.
Second half adjustments changed the game for the better though. Suddenly Terrance West found gaps and started ripping off yards. On 21 attempts West reached 113 yards and one touchdown. He was into the second wave again and again. If not for some questionable playcalling, he could have plowed the Ravens to field goal range.
Looking over the numbers, Terrance West is averaging 4.3 yards per carry, with 232 yards on 54 carries. It’s obvious he’s been the best back since training camp. Every media outlet posted time and time again of his plays in camp, and he’s showing his ability on gamedays. It’s now time for Trestman to dial up run plays that maximize his skillset, allowing for bigger plays on the ground to help push the Ravens to victory.