All offseason we've been hearing the ceaseless praise for the Baltimore Ravens' backfield. The impressive performances in padless practices carried over to the first preseason game.
Allen got stuffed on his first two carries and ended up with just six yards on six totes, but added a 19-yard touchdown reception.
West's stats weren't all that impressive -- nine carries for 25 yards (a YPC lowered by two rushes from the 1-yard line), one catch for seven yards and two touchdowns -- but his one-cut speed and tackle-breaking prowess were clearly on display. Watching the preseason isn't about stats, it's about identifying traits that can carry over to the regular season when the real hitting starts. West's spry showing Thursday suggests he should push Forsett for carries.
"Last year I didn't touch the end zone," West said of his performance. "So to come back, first preseason game ... I don't care if it's preseason or not, every time you step on that field it's another opportunity to get better. Today I felt, as a group, I felt better."
(Yes, in the above video Dixon runs through a massive hole, but that move in space is what you should be focusing on.)