On Now
Coming Up
  • Thu., Apr. 27, 2017 6:00 PM EDT Flock Party Celebrate the 2017 Draft with Ravens players, alumni, cheerleaders and Poe at Flock Party: Draft Edition as we select the future members of #RavensFlock!
  • Thu., Apr. 27, 2017 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM EDT NFL Draft The 2017 NFL Draft will be held from April 27-29 in Philadelphia, PA.
  • Fri., Apr. 28, 2017 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM EDT NFL Draft The 2017 NFL Draft will be held from April 27-29 in Philadelphia, PA.
  • Sat., Apr. 29, 2017 11:30 AM EDT Flock Festival Celebrate the 2017 Draft with Ravens players, alumni, cheerleaders and Poe at Flock Festival as we select the future members of #RavensFlock!
  • Sat., Apr. 29, 2017 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT NFL Draft The 2017 NFL Draft will be held from April 27-29 in Philadelphia, PA.
  • Wed., May. 10, 2017 8:00 PM EDT Metallica with Avenged Sevenfold & Volbeat

    ON SALE: Presale for CITI® Card Members Starts Tuesday, February 14 at 11:00 AM; Tickets go on sale to general public Friday, February 17 at 10:00 AM at LiveNation.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, the box office, or charge by phone (800) 745-3000.

  • Thu., Jun. 01, 2017 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM EDT Beach Bash This summer will mark the 5th annual Ravens Ocean City Beach Bash, presented by Miller Lite, June 1-3 in Ocean City, Md. Join Ravens Players, Cheerleaders, Playmakers, Band, Mascots and talent from 98Rock and Miller Lite as they turn Ocean City into Ravenstown for the weekend.
  • Fri., Jun. 02, 2017 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM EDT Beach Bash This summer will mark the 5th annual Ravens Ocean City Beach Bash, presented by Miller Lite, June 1-3 in Ocean City, Md. Join Ravens Players, Cheerleaders, Playmakers, Band, Mascots and talent from 98Rock and Miller Lite as they turn Ocean City into Ravenstown for the weekend.
  • Sat., Jun. 03, 2017 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM EDT Beach Bash This summer will mark the 5th annual Ravens Ocean City Beach Bash, presented by Miller Lite, June 1-3 in Ocean City, Md. Join Ravens Players, Cheerleaders, Playmakers, Band, Mascots and talent from 98Rock and Miller Lite as they turn Ocean City into Ravenstown for the weekend.
  • Sat., Jun. 03, 2017 10:00 AM EDT 7-On-7 Tournament Prepare for the fall football season at the Ravens 7-on-7 Football Tournament presented by Under Armour!

News

Print
RSS

Terrance West, Kenneth Dixon Proved Themselves In 2016

Posted Jan 9, 2017

The Ravens would also still like to bring another running back into the mix this offseason to add a playmaker to the offense.


As the Ravens look for ways to improve their offense over the next few months, they at least know they already have a good foundation in place at running back.

Terrance West and Kenneth Dixon both performed well in 2016, giving the Ravens confidence that the young tandem could carry the load next season. 

“Those two guys really proved themselves,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said last week. “To me, Terrance West and Kenny Dixon made a name for themselves at running back.”

West impressed the Ravens enough in training camp and early in the season that they were willing to part ways with veteran Justin Forsett, and he took over as the full-time starter in Week 4. The hard-nosed runner showed he was up to the challenge of being a starter, and finished the season with 774 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 193 carries.

Dixon took a while to get into a groove because he missed the first four games with a knee injury, and then the Ravens eased him back into the rotation. He came on strong the second half of the season and finished with 88 carries for 382 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He also added 30 catches for 162 yards and a score.

“The number of broken tackles that [Dixon] had, how hard and physical he plays [is impressive],” Harbaugh said. “Terrance West [is a] downhill, lower-his-pads runner. Both guys are good out of the backfield.”

Harbaugh liked what he saw in West and Dixon, but the overall production from the ground game wasn’t what the Ravens wanted this season. Baltimore finished with the league’s fifth-worst rushing offense, averaging 91.4 yards per game.

The play calling too often strayed from the run, and Harbaugh stressed that finding the running game will be a point of emphasis for the second season under Offensive Coordinator Marty Mornhinweg.

“Marty believes in running the football, and I believe in running the football,” Harbaugh said. “We have not run the football well enough or enough, really, for the last two years. That has to change. I think it goes hand in hand [with] being good at it and doing it a lot more than we do it.”

While the Ravens plan to lean heavily on West and Dixon next season, Harbaugh also acknowledged that they’ll still be on the lookout for a playmaking running back. They’ve drafted a running back in the fourth round in three-straight years, and they are in the market for a game breaker.

Harbaugh stressed multiple times during his press conference last week that the Ravens need more big plays to be an effective offense, and the Ravens could use a draft pick on another back if they like what they see when they are on the clock. 

“We need another back. What type of back that is? I think we’re talking about it. We have a pretty good idea of the type of back we want to add,” Harbaugh said. “Those two guys and another one is what we need.”

Please Note

The opinions, analysis and/or speculation expressed on BaltimoreRavens.com represent those of individual authors, and unless quoted or clearly labeled as such, do not represent the opinions or policies of the Baltimore Ravens' organization, front office staff, coaches and executives. Authors' views are formulated independently from any inside knowledge and/or conversations with Ravens officials, including the coaches and scouts, unless otherwise noted.

Related News

Recent Videos

Recent Photos