RB Alex Collins - Free Agent

5-10, 217Born: 8-26-1994College: ArkansasDrafted: Round 5, pick 2016

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2018 Week 1 vs BUF (7 / 13 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Alex Collins appeared to not know the play call and put his first handoff from Flacco on the ground. Collins had a 14 yard gain negated by a holding penalty. Collins showed his strength and quickness on an impressive 8 yard touchdown run. Collins tried to make one too many moves in the backfield, stopped his feet, and was stripped by Tremaine Edmunds. Collins was lined up in the backfield when Buck Allen scored a touchdown. Allen was lined up at fullback and Collins was lined up at running back.

2018 Week 2 vs CIN (9 / 35 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 55 / 0 rec)

Alex Collins played well and made big plays in the passing game. Collins was not rewarded with more snaps desptie making big plays. Collins played second fiddle to Buck Allen especially later in the game as the Ravens went pass heavy. Collins' first two carries against the Bengals went for gains of 7 and 14 yards. The 14 yard gain came with Lamar Jackson lined up at quarterback and running the read option. Collins picked up 22 yards by breaking two tackles on a check down from Flacco. Collins got a carry from the 1 yard line but was stopped short of the end zone. Collins again broke two tackles and broke into the open field for 24 yards after catching a check down.

2018 Week 3 vs DEN (18 / 68 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 6 / 0 rec)

Alex Collins dominated carries in the Ravens backfield and matched Buck Allen in receptions. For the most part Collins struggled to find room to run against the Broncos defense. Collins followed nice blocks from Alex Lewis and Maxx WIlliams for a 6 yard touchdown. Collins fought through contact on a check down from Flacco for an 8 yard gain. Collins got up slowly and left the field with some discomfort after making a reception underneath. Collins returned to open the second half with a 13 yard burst behind Matt Skura. Collins was lined up at half back and Buck Allen was lined up at fullback when Allen scored a 1 yard rushing touchdown.

2018 Week 4 vs PIT (11 / 42 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 1 rec)

Alex Collins got his first carry on the Ravens first offensive play of the game and made a nice cutback to pick up 12 yards. Collins was used twice in obvious passing situations that are usually reserved for Buck Allen. Collins scored a 3 yard receiving touchdown on one of those occasion running to flat and making an easy catch. Collins was met at the line of scrimmage by two defenders and fumbled on Pittsburgh's 1 yard line. Collins was not punished harshly for his fumble and still saw more snaps and touches than Buck Allen. Collins also saw all of the goal line work in the game.

2018 Week 5 vs CLE (12 / 59 / 0 rush, 4 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Alex Collins was able to pick up chunks of yardage on a number of his carries but the Ravens were not able to sustain enough drives to give him the volume needed for a big game. Collins followed nice blocks from Maxx Williams and Nick Boyle around the edge for a 19 yard gain on the Ravens' first offensive play. Collins got a nice block from James Hurst to get to the second level for a 9 yard gain his second carry. Collins made a beautiful jump cut to reverse fields at the second level and pick up 14 yards. Collins left the field with some sort of leg injury leading to more work for Buck Allen. Collins returned to the field and dropped a low throw on a check down from Flacco. Collins had a 17 yard gain negated by an illegal block in the back penalty. Collins is so clearly the better player than Buck Allen that I thought Collins would eventually dominate the workload but the Ravens are determined to give Allen significant work.

2018 Week 6 vs TEN (19 / 54 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Alex Collins was hit in the backfield or met at the line of scrimmage on a large percentage of his carries. Collins ran hard and made defenders miss or work to bring him down when he could. Collins was bottled up on all of his carries until he found a nice crease behind James Hurst and Marshal Yanda for a 13 yard touchdown. Collins showed his quick feet and burst on the play. Collins scored another touchdown this time from 2 yards out. Collins showed nice vision on the play bouncing the run to the outside after no hole opened up inside. Collins saw almost no involvement in the passing game and split work with Gus Edwards on the ground. The Ravens coaching staff is conscious of the amount of work Collins receives as he has already dealt with some lower body ailments this season. Don't expect Collins to handle more than 20 touches barring an injury.

2018 Week 7 vs NO (11 / 38 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 10 / 0 rec)

Alex Collins saw limited work in a slow paced game. The Ravens did not seem confident in their ability to convert short yardage situations with carries by running backs and in turn resorted to running plays by quarterbacks, tight ends, and wide receivers. This resulted in a 1 yard touchdown run for Lamar Jackson. Collins struggled to find room to run and the Ravens run game has yet to take off this season. Collins ran through traffic up the middle for a 9 yard gain on the Ravens first offensive play. Collins caught a check down for 5 yards the following play. Collins followed a nice block from Nick Boyle up the middle for 9 yards.

2018 Week 8 vs CAR (11 / 49 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)

Alex Collins played well and was consistently able to pick up positive yardage in the run game. Collins also saw usage in the passing game. Collins appeared to be wrapped up but spun away from two defenders and broke into the open field for a 14 yard touchdown. Collins was hit immediately by an unblocked defensive tackle as he received a hand off and fumbled. There was clearly a missed blocking assignment and almost any running back would have fumbled in those circumstances. Collins gained 15 yards on his first carry following the fumble running behind Orlando Brown Jr. Collins picked up 10 yards on a check down from Flacco.

2018 Week 9 vs PIT (9 / 35 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Alex Collins gained the edge running off right tackle for a 1 yard touchdown run. Alex Collins had a 14 yard reception negated by penalty. Collins found success running between the tackles in the first half but the lack of production in the passing game lead to a limited number of attempts for Collins. Collins is not seeing sufficient work in the passing game to make him a good fantasy play regardless of game script.

2018 Week 11 vs CIN (7 / 18 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Alex Collins opened the game as the starting running back but gave way to Gus Edwards and only saw one second half carry. Edwards was clearly the more effective runner through traffic. Collins' frequent lateral movements were less effective than Edwards' straight forward no nonsense style. The contrast in style was evident on Collins' 7 yard touchdown run as he bounced the run all the way to the perimeter to find the end zone. The Ravens backfield may be hard to forecast going forward with the emergence of Edwards and the addition of Ty Montgomery but expect Collins and Buck Allen to see less work than they did the first half of the season.

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.

2017 Week 3 vs JAX (9 / 82 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Alex Collins saw a snap and carries before Buck Allen and looked like the Ravens most effective running back. Collins is able to make unblocked defenders miss and maximizes his blocking with excellent cuts. Collins split work with Allen in the 3rd and 4th quarter following a Terrence West fumble with Allen handling the pass game role. Collins had an impressive 16 yard run making Myles Jack miss with a nice cut up field and showed off his acceleration. Collins made Dante Fowler miss in the backfield and picked up 10 yards. Collins went to work against the Jaguars second string defense. Collins got the edge running behind Ryan Jensen side stepped a tackler and was spun down after an 18 yard gain. Collins gained 19 more yards again running off tackle and making defenders miss at the second level with his quickness.

2017 Week 4 vs PIT (9 / 82 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Alex Collins earned the start at running back and produced big plays. Collins found a massive hole behind Ronnie Stanley and exploded down the sideline and was spun down after 23 yards. After a pair of back to back runs for a first down, Collins was hit in the backfield by Ryan Shazier and Cam Heyward and lost a fumble. Collins reentered the game promptly after his fumble. Collins exploded behind a pulling Matt Skura to the edge, shook off an arm tackle, and made a very nice cut inside before being brought down after a 50 yard gain. Collins had an ugly drop bounce off his hands. Coach John Harbaugh stated that Collins is on a short leash following the fumbles.

2017 Week 5 vs OAK (12 / 55 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Alex Collins took a back seat to Buck Allen who led the backfield in snaps and carries. Collins found a crease behind Ryan Jensen and bounced the run outside for a 25 yard gain. Collins held the ball high and tight as he broke into the open field. Collins kept his feet moving and pushed a massive pile of bodies for an impressive 6 yard gain. Collins took a clear back seat to Allen after getting the start and fumbling the previous week.

2017 Week 6 vs CHI (15 / 74 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Alex Collins led the Ravens' backfield in touches but saw fewer snaps than Buck Allen. Collins followed a very nice block from Ryan Jensen and exploded up field making a beautiful cut at the second level to force a missed tackle. Collins was brought down after a 30 yard gain. Collins hit the hole hard behind a nice block from James Hurst for a 10 yard gain.

2017 Week 7 vs MIN (10 / 30 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Alex Collins played second fiddle to Buck Allen. Collins struggled to get going and find running room against the Vikings. Collins workload is very game flow dependent because he is not used in the passing game.

2017 Week 8 vs MIA (18 / 113 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec)

Alex Collins started the game and running back and saw more snaps than Buck Allen for the first time this season. Collins received only 2 more touches than Allen but gained more than twice as many yards. Collins broke a 19 yard following a nice block from Nick Boyle at the second level. Collins hit the hole with impressive speed. Collins got the edge and broke a Laurence Timmons tackle to pick up 13 yards. Collins caught a check down from Flacco, side stepped a defender and followed another block from Boyle down the sideline for 27 yards. Collins followed another excellent block from Boyle on a toss play and escaped down the sideline for 19 more yards.

2017 Week 9 vs TEN (13 / 43 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

Alex Collins struggled to find running room against the Titans. Collins was frequently met in the backfield or at the line of scrimmage on his carries. Collins still looked good on his limited opportunities. Collins burst for 14 yards running behind Austin Howard on his first touch of the game. Collins made three nice quick cuts through traffic on his way to another 14 yard gain.

2017 Week 11 vs GB (20 / 49 / 1 rush, 7 / 4 / 22 / 0 rec)

Alex Collins assumed the role as the clear lead back for the Ravens. Collins ran very hard and made the most of his carries. Collins led the team in carries and targets. It is worth noting that 3 or 4 of his targets were passes that were thrown away by Flacco. However, Collins' role in the pass game is clearly growing. Collins caught his first target on screen pass but the Packers did an excellent job of giving him nowhere to run. Collins slipped and fell after making a catch in the backfield losing 6 yards on the play. Collins made Blake Martinez miss as he made a catch on a check down and broke into the open field for a 21 yard gain. Collins found more running room particularly attacking the edges of the Packer's defense as the game progressed. Collins had a 9 yard carry off right tackle featuring a nice stiff arm along the sideline. Collins followed Patrick Ricard and Austin Howard through a big hole for 9 yards.

2017 Week 12 vs HOU (16 / 60 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / -3 / 0 rec)

Alex Collins ran hard and played well against the Texans. Collins was largely bottled up especially early in the contest. Collins finally found some room when he got the edge on a pitch play facing 4th and 1 and broke into the open field for 29 yards. The very next play Collins made a nice cut and followed a block from Ryan Jensen for an 8 yard touchdown. Collins gained the edge and picked up 12 more yards running off tackle. Collins put his head down and delivered a hit to finish an 8 yard run. Collins is being used more and more in the passing game every week.

2017 Week 13 vs DET (15 / 75 / 2 rush, 2 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)

Alex Collins made a nice cut behind Ryan Jensen and found 8 yards up the middle. Collins found 8 more yards up the middle with a physical run. Collins caught a check down from Flacco and split two defenders for a 10 yard gain. Collins came off the field with an apparent arm injury late in the second quarter but quickly returned and looked healthy. Collins showed off his quick feet making several cuts behind Ronnie Stanley for 11 yards. Collins gained the edge and got a nice block from Jeremy Maclin on his way to a 7 yard touchdown. Collins caught a pass in the flat off of play action and was forced out of bounds after a 14 yard gain. Collins followed Patrick Ricard and Stanley to the edge for a 6 yard touchdown.

2017 Week 14 vs PIT (18 / 120 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 46 / 0 rec)

Alex Collins played his best game of the season and was an unstoppable force against the Steelers. Collins took a check down from Flacco for 9 yards and fumbled as he went to the ground but Mike Wallace recovered the loose ball. Collins showed impressive power finishing a 9 yard carry by sending two defenders to the ground. Collins broke three tackles along the sideline after catching a check down and raced down the sideline for 37 yards. Collins took an inside handoff, bounced his run to the outside, and found enough day light to score an 18 yard touchdown. With just a sliver of day light Collins burst into the open field for an impressive 17 yard gain and was brought down at the 1 yard line. Collins got a block from James Hurst on the edge and exploded up the sideline for 21 yards. Buck Allen had two touchdowns but Collins was in the backfield on the first touchdown and was getting a breather on the second.

2017 Week 15 vs CLE (12 / 19 / 0 rush, 8 / 5 / 33 / 0 rec)

Alex Collins was bottled up for the most part against the Browns. Collins struggled to find his way into the open field and was frequently met at the line of scrimmage on his carries. Collins caught a screen pass for 14 yards after the Ravens found little success running the ball. Alex Collins was stuffed on consecutive goal line carries from the 1 yard line. Collins was brought down at the 2 yard line on the Ravens next trip to the red zone. Despite not registering a touchdown, Collins was close to scoring on multiple occasions. Collins made an impressive play to pick up 10 yards on a check down but was shaken up on the play after a player appeared to land on his ankle. Collins returned to the game briefly but gave way to Buck Allen who iced the game in the 4th quarter for the Ravens.

2017 Week 16 vs IND (18 / 51 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)

Collins was patient and ran hard, but save for a few runs that saw him break into the open field, he was usually met in the backfield or behind the line of scrimmage. He also had a fumble on a reception that was recovered by a teammate. Collins did have two chances on goal to go downs on one series, but ended up losing yards on a reception and was stymied on a carry. His best two plays were a sliding catch for a long reception after a Flacco scramble and a combative run to gain a first down once he got outside with a strong stiff arm.

2017 Week 17 vs CIN (20 / 78 / 1 rush, 6 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)

Collins never got in a rhythm in this game despite two good runs to kick off the game, as the first half offense stalled out with seven straight three and outs. He contributed to the woes with a few drops in the passing game, but more than atoned with a reserve field fourth down run in the red zone to bring the team back within a score. Collins was running just as strong late in the fourth quarter as he was in the first quarter, and he wasn't the reason the team wasn't able to close out this win and go to the playoffs.

2016 Week 3 vs SF (4 / 12 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)

Collins looked capable running the ball, as he spelled Christine Michael occasionally and picked up some carries in garbage time with a big lead. He also showed good hands on his two receptions.

2016 Week 6 vs ATL (1 / 2 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Collins vulture a goal line TD, with a nice move to avoid a defender in the backfield before plunging across the line. He later caught a screen pass for a short first down. Probably shouldn't be on the fantasy radar, but if injuries were to hit, he looks capable of stepping in.

2016 Week 16 vs ARI (7 / 28 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 19 / 0 rec)

Collins is a bit of a wild card going forward. He subbed in after Thomas Rawls's dismal first half showing. And he looked fantastic. Collins showed excellent Speed, burst, and good hands on receptions, fighting for every inch. But it was a limited sample size and there is no guarantee that he will see the field that much next week. It all hinges on Rawls and whether or not he gets another crack at it after two terrible showings in a row.

2016 Week 17 vs SF (7 / 55 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Collins did not set the world on fire; it just seemed like it in comparison to Thomas Rawls. Even though several of his carries were in garbage time, he looked better than Rawls, period. He showed better speed burst and acceleration out of the backfield, and topped Rawls rushing TOTAL in one play, gaining 26 up the middle (NOT in garbage time) on one of his seven rushes. Collins was hard to take down, and on one play looked like he was doing his best Marshawn Lynch impression as it took several defenders to haul him down. His success lately does not likely mean a change in his role, but with Rawls on a shorter leash than ever, we can expect Collins to shoulder some of the load in the playoffs.