by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Browns’ rookie Terrence West has been a player many have speculated about throughout the 2014 season. However, whether it was Ben Tate or Isaiah Crowell, things never seemed to be going in West’s direction. After Sunday’s game, things could be changing dramatically.
The fact that he led the Browns’ backfield in carries (he had 15 while Tate was completely ineffective with his 10) was almost secondary. West gained huge praise for his pass protection, including a block that setup the winning TD.
August Fagerstrom of the Akron Beacon Journal (click here for the article) described the block as follows:
“West delivered a crushing block on Tampa Bay outside linebacker Lavonte David, who had already started his dive that likely would have resulted in a sack of quarterback Brian Hoyer had West not intervened.”
That’s the type of play that keeps running backs on the field, and when you are on the field you are going to get opportunities. It also helps to answer on of the biggest questions facing West as he entered the NFL.
In that same article there was the following quote from head coach Mike Pettine:
“When you looked at the tape and really compared the three, we feel he’s really coming on,” Browns coach Mike Pettine said. “He’s earned those touches, and when he gets out there he does make the most of them.”
It’s clear that Tate has been struggling of late. Over the last three games he’s totaled 65 yards on 41 carries. While you can blame the loss of Alex Mack, it’s the same offensive line West was running behind. While 15 carries for 48 yards isn’t going to blow you away, it’s far superior to what Tate has been doing.
Entering the draft NFL.com described West by saying:
“Good-sized, compactly built, highly productive, physical workhorse and program-changer who took Towson to new heights while dominating inferior competition. Has the chops to factor prominently in a power-running scheme, showing the ability to slash and cut, run over defenders and contribute as a receiver.”
It may have taken a little but longer than expected, and it was poor performance and not an injury from Ben Tate, but it appears that West’s time is coming. Now is the time to grab him, as he has the potential to emerge as a good RB option for the remainder of the season.
Sources – ESPN, NFL.com, Akron Beacon Journal
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