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Terrance West | Running Back

Team: Cleveland Browns
Age / DOB:  (23) / 1/28/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 225
College: Towson
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Terrance West rushed for 31 yards on eight carries in the Browns' second preseason game Monday night versus Washington.
West was the second back through the Browns' rotation behind Ben Tate, but didn't see meaningful work until the second half. Tate played the majority of the snaps in the first half and out-touched West 10-1 before the break. Tate is the clear leader here, but West has a ton of talent. He had a couple nice runs against the Skins, one barreling head-on into and running over a defensive back and another where he spun off the back of one of his linemen and picked up a good chunk of yards. If Tate were to go down, West would be next man up. Aug 19 - 12:07 AM

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Terrance West rushed 10 times for 22 yards in the Browns' preseason opener, adding one catch for eight yards.

West was better than the stats suggest, as a blown play led to a three-yard loss, while he did the majority of his running behind the second-team offensive line. He did get a few looks with Brian Hoyer and the first team, including a carry from the Lions' nine-yard line in the second quarter. West had three gains of five yards or more, and looked alive in the open field. Ben Tate is the Browns' No. 1, but West is a close No. 2.
Aug 9 - 10:47 PM

Browns RBs coach Wilbert Montgomery said rookie Terrance West "has some shades of Brian Westbrook."

"He can break you down with his right leg. He can break you down with his left leg," Montgomery continued. "He has that Ricky Watters, Walter Payton, lure-you-to-sleep-on-the-sideline move that I can accelerate or play like I’m going to accelerate and come back inside. Those are traits I haven’t seen in a while." High praise. However, this all came after Montgomery called Ben Tate "the guy" in the Cleveland backfield. The battle between the two is just beginning.
Jul 29 - 9:54 AM

Browns coach Mike Pettine said rookie Terrance West has "shocked" him with his pass-catching ability, and "isn't far behind" Ben Tate.

"I think Ben is probably going to be a little bit ahead of him just naturally in the protection part of it, but Terrance isn’t far behind," were Pettine's words. West made noise during Sunday's practice in pass-catching periods. He caught 36 passes as a college senior, so it's not surprising West is showing well in that phase of the game early. Tate remains the slight favorite to start Week 1.
Jul 27 - 4:18 PM

ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi predicts rookie Terrance West will handle 10 carries per game this season.

Grossi considers Ben Tate the favorite for Cleveland's lead back job, and we do, too. West is likely to be involved in a high-volume run game from the outset, however, and would take over as the Browns' primary runner in the event of a Tate injury, which based on Tate's history wouldn't be far-fetched. On ten carries a game, West could flirt with RB3/flex value even with Tate in the lineup.
Jul 24 - 8:57 PM

Browns activated RB Terrance West from the active/non-football injury list.

The rumor was that West failed his conditioning test, but he denied that. It doesn't matter now. He's on the active roster, working out with the team and will be ready to battle Ben Tate for the starting running back job when full-squad work begins Saturday. West's brief stint on active/NFI will have no impact on his progress.
Jul 24 - 12:57 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports Terrance West (NFI) will practice on Friday.

This appears to be a true non-story. West says he passed his conditioning test. If he does indeed practice Friday with the other Cleveland first-year players, he'll miss zero meaningful time. The Browns' full-squad workouts don't begin until Saturday. West versus Ben Tate is one of the biggest competitions of summer.
Jul 23 - 6:13 PM

Browns placed RB Terrance West (undisclosed) on the active/NFI list.

There's been no indication that West is dealing with anything serious, and we'll consider him day-to-day unless we hear otherwise. Ben Tate's stock gets a bit of a boost with this news, as he projects to open camp with the first-team offense. But West will be back to give Tate a run for his money. Coach Mike Pettine said Tuesday that the running back competition will be the "best" one in camp.
Jul 23 - 5:28 PM

Coach Mike Pettine indicated the Ben Tate-Terrance West running back battle "might ... be the best competition" of Browns training camp.

The Browns see Tate-West as a battle to start; not a situation where veteran Tate is being handed the job. "The best competition might be Ben Tate and our guy Terrance West from Towson, who I really like," were Pettine's words. With Browns camp under a week away, Tate's fantasy ADP stands at the mid to late fifth round, while West is often available early in round eight. With an up-in-the-air depth chart, we'd prefer to gamble on the cheaper of the two Cleveland backs.
Jul 23 - 12:13 AM

According to the Akron Beacon Journal, the Browns' new brass "thinks it's insane" the team led the NFL in pass attempts last season "considering the nature of the AFC North and its cold-weather cities."

Beat writer Nate Ulrich says Mike Pettine's Browns "are determined to run the ball with greater frequency and success." Pettine has publicly emphasized using a "running back by committee," saying "You’ve got to be able to get fresh legs out there." It's conceivable that Ben Tate and rookie Terrance West will open the season sharing carries, with the superior runner ultimately rising to the top.
Jul 4 - 11:16 AM

Coach Mike Pettine told the Cleveland Plain Dealer the Browns will use a "running back by committee" approach this season.

New OC Kyle Shanahan is the offensive playcaller, and has a history of leaning on one-back systems. Still, the head coach's comments are notable. "I think in the AFC North, you have to be running back by committee," Pettine said. "You'd like to have a guy that can carry most of the load, but also be able to alternate guys. ... you've got to be able to get fresh legs out there." Ben Tate is the favorite to open the season as Cleveland's lead back, but third-round pick Terrance West should be involved early and often. So far, West has impressed Pettine: "For a big man to move the way that he moves, just some of the cuts that he's made. He's got dancer-type feet, but it's in a 230-pound man."
Jun 28 - 4:51 PM

Third-round RB Terrance West is handling the majority of first-team reps at Browns minicamp, and is "expected to play a major role" on offense this season.

Ben Tate is taking part in individual drills, but hasn't participated in 11-on-11s. West is getting the bulk of the reps with the starters, with Chris Ogbonnaya mixing in. Tate broke four ribs last season, so it's possible the Browns are being cautious with the injury-prone back. He's also missed 24-of-64 games since entering the league. West is powerfully built and has the ability to break through initial contact. His current eighth-round ADP deserves to rise. West could easily end up leading the Browns in carries.
Jun 11 - 5:32 PM

Browns signed third-round RB Terrance West to a four-year contract.

West, the 99th overall pick, has a ton of carries on his legs (802) already, but is a powerful runner who has the ability to beat first contact. He's expected to play a prominent role in the Browns' run-heavy offense, along with Ben Tate, and our own Evan Silva predicts West will be Cleveland's feature back sooner rather than later. He's currently coming off the board in the back end of the eighth round of fantasy drafts. West has the makings of a sleeper pick.
Jun 11 - 3:25 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer predicts the 2014 Browns will finish in the top three in the NFL in both rushing yards and rushing attempts.

The Browns finished in the bottom five in both categories last season, but their starting tailback was Willis McGahee, who's now out of the NFL. Ben Tate and rookie Terrance West are the primary candidates for carries in a Cleveland offense that will manage Johnny Manziel like the Redskins did in 2012 with Robert Griffin III, and the Seahawks have Russell Wilson. West is a fantasy football mega-sleeper. Tate has a chance to provide solid RB2 value.
Jun 1 - 4:35 PM

Browns rookie RB Terrance West says the Ravens texted his agent to say they were going to take him with the No. 99 overall pick.

The Browns had other ideas, trading up to No. 94 for the Towson prospect. The Ravens eventually settled for Lorenzo Taliferro at pick No. 138. West was one of the hotter running back prospects in the draft and has a great shot to contribute early with injury-prone Ben Tate ahead of him and run-first OC Kyle Shanahan calling the shots.
May 17 - 1:14 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Brian Hoyer
2Johnny Manziel
3Rex Grossman
4Connor Shaw
RB1Ben Tate
2Terrance West
3Dion Lewis
4Edwin Baker
5Isaiah Crowell
GLB1Ben Tate
2Terrance West
3RB1Ben Tate
2Terrance West
FB1MarQueis Gray
2Chris Ogbonnaya
3Ray Agnew
WR11Miles Austin
2Nate Burleson
3Charles Johnson
4Jonathan Krause
5Taylor Gabriel
WR21Andrew Hawkins
2Anthony Armstrong
3Travis Benjamin
4Willie Snead
5Marlon Moore
WR31Nate Burleson
TE1Jordan Cameron
2Jim Dray
3Gary Barnidge
4Emmanuel Ogbuehi
5Martell Webb
K1Billy Cundiff