The Cleveland Browns will have one of the league’s most fierce quarterback competitions, but that shouldn’t overshadow an equally enticing running back competition between Ben Tate and Terrance West. While Tate is the more established player and had some great games as Arian Foster’s No. 2 back before hitting free agency as the top RB available, West is an intriguing rookie whom Mike Pettine and the Browns are high on. He may be a small-school running back, but the Towson product has feature back potential.
West was placed on the non-football injury list for an undisclosed reason, and there were rumblings that he failed a conditioning test (or something minor like that). He never had any known ailment, so it’s not a surprise at all to see that he’ll be back out there. He was always expected to get some practice in tomorrow, and he’ll be ready for a big-time battle that should start on Saturday.
It will also be interesting to see the Browns other talent at the running back position, as Isaiah Crowell was an incredibly touted college player at Georgia before off-field issues caused him to be dismissed. He has plenty of natural talent, as does sleeper Dion Lewis, who hit the injured reserve early last season. Lewis is the kind of player who can fit in as a strong change-of-pace back, so the Browns have plenty of depth behind the winner of their competition. My money is on Tate, but West will give him a run for his money and has a legit shot at being the No. 1 guy.