Although Browns running back Terrance West touched the ball 838 times in three season at Towson University, only 36 of those touches arrived through the air. It sounds like West has put a lot of work into shoring up that area of weakness.
According to Tom Reed of Cleveland.com, West "made a pair of dazzling one-handed catches" on Saturday that drew some audible surprise from the fans in attendance. They weren't the only people surprised by West's nifty display.
"I was a little shocked with Terrance today," head coach Mike Pettine said. "I had to double check my roster card to make sure I was looking at the right number. He did some nice things in the one-on-one period. That's always a bonus, when you have a guy that's not just one dimensional."
Pettine added that Ben Tate is ahead in this competition because he is stronger in pass protection, "but Terrance isn't far behind."
The Tate-West battle is already exciting. I hope both stay healthy and truly let the best man win. Pass protection is tough for most rookies. If West can hold his ground in that area, it will dramatically increase his chances of seeing consistent work right away. As I've said many times this summer, the Browns' backfield will likely be a timeshare no matter who wins in training camp, but West is the much better value pick with an ADP late in the seventh round.