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RB Alex Collins - Baltimore Ravens

5-10, 217Born: 8-26-1994College: ArkansasDrafted: Round 5

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 18): Collins had the most burst of any Ravens back and he had been working on his pass-catching ability this offseason. Terrance West was unimpressive again and he's battling a soft tissue injury, so it's fair to wonder if Collins will push him for snaps.

Week 3: at Jacksonville Jaguars

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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

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2 vs CLE 8 7 42 0 0 0 0 0 1 3.2
3 at JAX PROJ-Dodds * 6 * * 1 * * * *
3 at JAX PROJ-Tremblay * 8 * * 1 * * * *
3 at JAX PROJ-Bloom * 9 * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 2 vs CLE (7 / 42 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Alex Collins looked like the Ravens most decisive and explosive running back. Collins found a hole off tackle and exploded for a 16 yard gain on his carry. Collins showed good patience on consecutive runs of 4 and 7 yards. Collins burst into the open field for 13 yards but fumbled as he attempted to spin out of a tackle. It is noteworthy Collins was not punished for his fumble and received a carry on the Ravens ensuing possession.

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Latest News

Ravens | Alex Collins a bright spot for Ravens (Sun Sep 24, 01:01 PM) - Baltimore Ravens RB Alex Collins rushed for 82 yards on nine carries against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 3.

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Ravens | Baltimore sends Jeremy Langford packing (Sat Sep 16, 12:54 PM) - Baltimore Ravens RB Jeremy Langford was waived Saturday, Sept. 16. To fill his spot on the roster, RB Alex Collins was promoted from the practice squad.

Our View: Collins has good instincts for running the ball. He's a good-sized runner (210 pounds) who can make a living between the tackles but has the burst to get outside at the second level of the defense. Collins will be the no3 RB for the Ravens behind starter Terrance West and backup Buck Allen.
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Schedule

3@ Jacksonville Jaguars
4vs Pittsburgh Steelers
5@ Oakland Raiders
6vs Chicago Bears
7@ Minnesota Vikings
8vs Miami Dolphins
9@ Tennessee Titans
10--- BYE WEEK ---
11@ Green Bay Packers
12vs Houston Texans
13vs Detroit Lions
14@ Pittsburgh Steelers
15@ Cleveland Browns
16vs Indianapolis Colts
17vs Cincinnati Bengals