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RB Javorius Allen - Baltimore Ravens

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 18): Allen was the most involved as a receiver and he had the best run of the day for a Ravens back, although it was in the two-minute drill against an unaware defense. He should lead the Ravens in touches and be worth an RB2 start against the Jaguars this week.

Week 3: at Jacksonville Jaguars

All RB vs JAX

FBG says: Bad matchup. It's unclear whether Terrance West will be able to suit up Sunday, let alone play meaningful snaps (he saw just 16 in Week 2), due to a soft-tissue injury. West, who has thoroughly underwhelmed throughout his 3+ seasons, has chugged to just 226 yards on 57 carries over his last 6 games. And whenever he's on the field next, he'll be running without all-world guard Marshal Yanda, who's lost for the year to a fractured ankle. There's a strong chance West's premier role in the run game will be permanently usurped by Buck Allen, a similarly ineffective runner but dynamic pass-catcher. Doing most of his work in the flats and outside the tackles, Allen shouldn't feel Yanda's loss quite as harshly as interior runner West. Still, Allen is stepping into a precarious spot, and he can't be counted on for much rushing dynamism off the bat. Ex-Seahawk Alex Collins will spell Allen and could eventually force a timeshare. He looked great in Week 2 garbage time and flashed dual-threat ability as a 2016 rookie in Seattle. The Jaguars run defense is a definite strength, despite what Derrick Henry did to them down the Week 2 stretch. Most of Henry's damage was done in what was essentially garbage time, and while that doesn't let the Jacksonville defense off the hook, we need to keep perspective. They'd shut down Henry and DeMarco Murray in the first half, allowing them just 27 yards on 9 rushes. And aside from a handful of slip-ups, they'd been borderline dominant for much of 2016. It's safe to expect the defense to gas and struggle to an extent in poor game scripts and against better run games. They won't see the latter this week - Baltimore's already plodding run game lost All-Pro guard Marshal Yanda for the year. Replacement Tony Bergstrom is a big downgrade and a spot for the Jaguars' rapidly ascending front seven to target.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at CIN 33 21 71 0 1 0 0 0 0 7.1
2 vs CLE 42 14 66 0 6 5 35 1 0 16.1
3 at JAX PROJ-Dodds * 16 * * 4 * * * *
3 at JAX PROJ-Tremblay * 10 * * 5 * * * *
3 at JAX PROJ-Bloom * 14 * * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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 | Buck Allen totals 10 yards, touchdown (Sun Sep 17, 07:51 PM) - Baltimore Ravens RB Javorius Allen rushed 14 times for a game-high 66 yards in Week 2 against the Browns and he added five receptions for 35 yards and a touchdown.

Our View: Allen was mostly ineffective as a runner, but a quality receiver and he had a good run in the two-minute drill. He'll be an RB2 consideration against a solid Jaguars defense next week.
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Ravens | Buck Allen carries 21 times in win (Sun Sep 10, 09:28 PM) - Baltimore Ravens RB Javorius Allen carried a game-high 21 times for 71 yards in Week 1 at Baltimore and he was also targeted once in the pass game.

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