Baltimore Ravens running back Javorius Allen saw a significant increase in carries in the Ravens’ Week 1 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Coming into Sunday’s matchup Baltimore Ravens running back Javorius Allen was listed third on the Ravens depth chart. But, that was far from the truth, because in the first quarter running back Danny Woodhead suffered an injury that would leave him unable to play for the rest of the game.
This opened up an opportunity for Allen to compete with Terrance West and get a lot of touches that otherwise wouldn’t have been as there if Woodhead had not gotten hurt.
The numbers prove this to be true, as Allen played 33 out of 66 snaps compared to West who only played 27 snaps. Allen also rushed 21 times with West rushing the ball 19 times. After reading that stat line, you can obviously tell that the Ravens wanted Allen out on the field a lot.
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It is important to note that even if Allen sees a significant drop off in terms of rushing volume, he could still very well be a viable threat in the passing game. Since it is Danny Woodhead who got hurt and was supposed to be a good target out of the backfield for Joe Flacco, look for Allen to fill that gap.
Even though Allen might not have had the best stat card on Sunday with 21 carries, for 71 yards, and averaging 3.4 yards a carry. I think this game tells us a lot about the Ravens plans for this season, and it answers many of the questions about Allen.
Maybe the Ravens truly haven’t given up on the fourth round pick out of USC. This game also showed the Ravens have bigger plans for Allen and maybe want to make him a starter.
I have always been a firm believer in “Buck” Allen, who I believe has tremendous potential and a person who will step out onto the field this Sunday and give the fans a game worth watching.
Look for Allen to get 17 carries for 94 yards and a rushing touchdown. Along with, 4 receptions for 17 yards, when the Ravens take on the Cleveland Browns this Sunday.