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RB Javorius Allen - Baltimore Ravens

6-0, 221Born: 8-27-1991College: USCDrafted: Round 4

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Week 12: vs Houston Texans

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FBG says: Bad matchup. The Ravens rushing attack has been a semi-productive attack all season, though nailing down opportunity has been tricky. And the unit was simply smothered in Week 11's win, "boasting" just 59 yards across 24 running back carries and a long run of just 9. Javorius Allen and Danny Woodhead are set as passing down backs who offer little ground impact, while early-season darling Alex Collins has hit a wall as lead runner, averaging just 3.85 yards per rush over his last 4 games. Generally speaking, game flow will determine the rushing outlook for this backfield each week, but the overall lack of talent caps the upside in even the sexiest of matchups. Collins remains worthy of a week-by-week look - he did average 6.44 yards per carry as a part-timer early in the year - but with bye weeks over, there's little reason to look at this unit for anything but receiving production. The Houston run defense remains the only real saving-grace unit on this decimated roster. Even with J.J. Watt sidelined, the Texans are exceptionally hard to run against: they're allowing just 3.67 yards per carry (3.46 to running backs) and have surrendered a league-low 3 ground touchdowns all season. They boast a strong, space-eating nose tackle in the emerging D.J. Reader, and appear to have found a second-round gem in linebacker Zach Cunningham, who's graded fantastically across the board in place of the suspended (and overrated) Brian Cushing. Not even script-granted volume has allowed Houston's opponents to produce solidly on the ground, and that's a trend that looks likely to continue against the Ravens' banged-up line and mediocre runners.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs MIA 31 17 55 0 3 1 2 0 0 5.7
9 at TEN 35 7 21 0 8 7 44 1 0 12.5
11 at GB 10 3 8 0 1 1 9 0 0 1.7
12 vs HOU PROJ-Dodds * 6 * * 2 * * * *
12 vs HOU PROJ-Tremblay * 6 * * 2 * * * *
12 vs HOU PROJ-Bloom * 2 * * 1 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 9 vs TEN (7 / 21 / 0 rush, 8 / 7 / 44 / 1 rec)

Buck Allen again took a backseat to Alex Collins but racked up catches in garbage time. Allen was less effective than Collins but still has an edge in the passing game. Allen gained 10 yards on a check down from Flacco. Allen caught a pass in the flat off of play action for a 3 yard touchdown. Allen caught another check down for 9 yards.

2017 Week 8 vs MIA (17 / 55 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)

Buck Allen played second fiddle to Alex Collins against the Dolphins. Allen appears to still be the preferred option in the passing game but Allen has not shown the same explosive ability as Collins. Collins ran hard through contact up the middle for a 9 yard gain. Allen broke tackles attempted by two of the Dolphins starting linebackers on an impressive 9 yard run up the gut. Allen fumbled a carry from the 2 yard line but the fumble was luckily recovered by Chris Moore for a touchdown.

2017 Week 7 vs MIN (6 / 20 / 0 rush, 11 / 8 / 29 / 0 rec)

Buck Allen saw more snaps and touches than Alex Collins but did not find success on the ground or through the air against Minnesota. Allen's lone highlight was when he slipped a tackle running a screen pass and picked up 12 yards.

2017 Week 6 vs CHI (10 / 49 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec)

Buck Allen led the Ravens backfield in snaps but saw fewer touches than Alex Collins. Allen had an impressive carry up the middle breaking two arm tackles on his way to a 12 yard gain. Allen showed nice burst up the middle running behind Ryan Jensen for 11 yards. Allen found room underneath on a check down and picked up 14 yards.

2017 Week 5 vs OAK (21 / 73 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 12 / 0 rec)

Buck Allen took over duties as the lead back after Terrence West left the game with injury. Allen saw a favorable split between himself and Collins. Allen functioned as the goal line back receiving very red zone carry and handled the passing game duties. Allen received 3 consecutive carries inside the Raiders 5 yard line and scored a 1 yard touchdown on his 3rd attempt. Allen picked up 8 yards on a check down from Flacco. Allen got broke more tackles and got stronger as the game progressed. The Ravens final possession consisted of almost entirely run play calls and the Raiders were unable to stop the Ravens ground game. Allen and Collins moved the chains and ran out the clock with tough interior running.

2017 Week 4 vs PIT (2 / 7 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 37 / 0 rec)

Buck Allen made his first catch on check down during the Ravens two minute drill before halftime. Allen racked up catches in garbage time as the Ravens went into a hurry up offense. Allen remains the Ravens preferred option in the pass game out of the backfield but may continue to lose touches and snaps with the emergence of Alex Collins.

2017 Week 3 vs JAX (8 / 15 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 13 / 0 rec)

Buck Allen led the Ravens backfield in snaps by a wide margin. Allen could not find any room to run on his receptions out of the backfield or on his carries. Allen was smothered on his routes out of the backfield by Myles Jack and Telvin Smith. Allen remains the Ravens most trusted option in the passing game and the favorite to lead the Ravens backs in snaps on a weekly basis. Terrence West's fumble could create more opportunity for Allen and Alex Collins.

2017 Week 2 vs CLE (14 / 66 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 35 / 1 rec)

Buck Allen played very well and may have earned a larger role in the offense going forward. Allen led the Ravens backfield in snaps, carries and targets. Allen is the Ravens most trusted pass catcher and pass blocker at running back and therefore has the most stable role as the Ravens want to use their backs in the passing game. Allen released out of the backfield and worked downfield to get open and was rewarded with a 9 yard touchdown catch. Allen appeared to miss a blitz pickup leading a sack and punt but remained featured in the pass and run game. Allen gained 11 yards on a quick pass out of the backfield. Allen broke a 37 yard run behind a pulling Marshal Yanda showing off his speed and elusiveness in the open field. Allen was brought down at 2 yard line so he nearly had two first half scores. Allen made a catch in the flat and picked up 7 yards. Allen got the edge thanks to a nice block from Austin Howard and stiff armed Jamie Collins on his way to a 14 yard gain.

2017 Week 1 vs CIN (21 / 71 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Buck Allen saw a carry even before Danny Woodhead left the game with injury. Allen was going to play a role for this offense even before the Woodhead injury. His role increased significantly following the injury and Allen ended up with more snaps and carries than Terrence West. The numbers are slightly skewed by the fact that West did not play in the Ravens final two possessions which featured 6 running plays to Allen. However, the fact remains that the Ravens trust Allen more than West as a pass catcher and Allen ran as well or better than West. Allen appeared to be faster and more sudden than West but perhaps not as powerful. Buck Allen had a 10 yard gain on a nice inside run negated by penalty. Allen also had a 14 yard reception negated by a holding penalty.


Latest News

Ravens | Javorius Allen held to 17 total yards (Sun Nov 19, 04:26 PM) - Baltimore Ravens RB Javorius Allen rushed for eight yards on three carries against the Green Bay Packers in Week 11. He also caught one pass for nine yards during the game.

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