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Alex Collins

Seattle Seahawks
Running Back #36
Seattle Seahawks
Running Back #36
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Breaks off 25-yard run

Collins rushed once for 25 yards in Sunday's 33-30 loss to the Titans.

Analysis: Chris Carson led the backfield with 13 rushes for 31 yards and two scores, and Collins was the only other running back to record a carry. However, his six offensive snaps finished third behind Carson (34) and Travis Homer (14). The Seahawks appear comfortable operating with Carson as the clear lead back while Rashaad Penny (calf) is out. Collins won't have much fantasy upside while Carson is healthy.

Sep 20, 2021 7:40 AM EST

Not active Sunday

Collins (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game at Indianapolis.

Analysis: After a preseason in which he turned 29 touches into 131 yards from scrimmage and one TD, Collins earned a spot on the Seahawks' regular-season roster. However, he'll take a seat Week 1 while Chris Carson paces the backfield, with all of Rashaad Penny, Travis Homer and DeeJay Dallas in reserve.

Sep 12, 2021 8:45 AM EST

Earns roster spot

Collins was one of five running backs to make the Seahawks' 53-man roster, Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Collins was solid enough as a rusher and a pass catcher this preseason to make the backfield behind Chris Carson ambiguous. Rashaad Penny is still likely the favorite for the No. 2 role, but Collins showed he can contribute in the backfield if Carson goes down.

Sep 1, 2021 7:26 AM EST

Could secure No. 2 job

Collins rushed 10 times for 37 yards and a score and caught all seven targets for 52 yards in Saturday's 27-0 preseason win over the Chargers.

Analysis: Collins and Rashaad Penny split reps during the first half in a battle for the No. 2 role behind Chris Carson. Through two quarters, Collins carried four times for 21 yards while Penny toted the ball seven times for 24 yards. Penny sat out the second half while Collins finished the game in a backfield tandem with Josh Johnson. At the start of training camp, it appeared Penny would be the clear No. 2, but Collins' preseason performance -- especially his pass-catching ability -- has made that less certain. If the oft-injured Chris Carson goes down again, Collins and Penny will likely both get a shot to take over as the lead back, as head coach Pete Carroll may defer to a hot-hand approach.

Aug 29, 2021 9:54 AM EST

Puts up 37 yards

Collins rushed seven times for 20 yards and caught both of his targets for 17 yards in Saturday's 30-3 preseason loss to the Broncos.

Analysis: Chris Carson didn't play in Saturday's game, leaving Collins, Rashaad Penny, DeeJay Dallas and Josh Johnson to pick up the backfield reps. The four running backs totaled 58 yards on 21 carries; none of them showed anything of note. Penny is still considered the front runner for the No. 2 job behind Carson, so Collins is aiming for the No. 3 role.

Aug 22, 2021 6:26 PM EST

Sees healthy workload at OTAs

Collins received the most reps of any running back during the Seahawks' OTAs due to absences ahead of him on the depth chart, and seemingly made the most of his opportunity, Brady Henderson of reports.

Analysis: Collins had plenty of opportunities to showcase his talents at minicamp due to Chris carson (personal) Rashaad Penny (knee) and Travis Homer (calf) all sidelined. He reportedly looked both trimmer and faster than he did during his first stint in Seattle. The 26-year-old is competing to earn a spot on the team's final roster.

Jun 26, 2021 10:31 AM EST

Back with 'Hawks

The Seahawks re-signed Collins on Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Collins appeared in three regular-season games with Seattle last season, recording 18 carries for 77 yards (4.3 YPC) and two scores. He also spent time on the team's practice squad. Now back in Seattle, Collins stands to compete for a depth role in a backfield that could lose both Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde to free agency.

Feb 24, 2021 1:54 PM EST

Sent back to practice squad

Collins reverted to the Seahawks' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Analysis: Collins signed with the Seahawks in November, marking the completion of his journey back from a suspension and a broken leg. The 26-year-old running back made his first NFL appearance since 2019 and played three regular-season games, carrying 18 times for 77 yards and two touchdowns. The Seahawks' backfield is in limbo heading into the 2021 season, as Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde are pending free agents, while Rashaad Penny (knee), DeeJay Dallas and Travis Homer (knee) are still unproven at the top level. Collins could be in the plans.

Jan 11, 2021 3:39 PM EST

Elevated for playoff opener

Collins was elevated from the practice squad Friday ahead of Saturday's playoff opener against the Rams, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

Analysis: Collins played in three regular-season games for Seattle, rushing 18 times for 77 yards and two touchdowns while adding one catch for four yards. He'll offer additional running back depth against the Rams with Rashaad Penny (knee) questionable, though the combination of Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde will likely handle all of Seattle's carries.

Jan 8, 2021 1:12 PM EST

Bumps back to practice sqaud

Collins reverted to the Seahawks' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Analysis: Collins made his third appearance for the Seahawks this year because Carlos Hyde (illness) and DeeJay Dallas (ankle) were unavailable for Sunday's win over the 49ers. The fifth-year running back rushed five times for 29 yards and a touchdown, bringing his total for the year to 18 carries for 77 yards (4.3 YPC) and two scores. Collins will be a reliable depth option as the Seahawks eye a playoff run.

Jan 5, 2021 1:04 PM EST

Rises to active roster

The Seahawks elevated Collins to the active roster Saturday, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.

Analysis: Carlos Hyde (illness) and DeeJay Dallas (ankle) have both been ruled out for Sunday's game against the 49ers. In turn, Collins will make his first appearance for the Seahawks since totaling 45 yards and a touchdown in Week 10 against the Rams. Collins should slot in as the No. 3 running back behind Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny.

Jan 2, 2021 2:37 PM EST

Won't join Seattle in Week 11

The Seahawks elected not to sign Collins off their practice squad ahead of Thursday's game against the Cardinals, Joe Fann of NBC Sports Northwest reports.

Analysis: Though Seattle is likely to be without both Chris Carson (questionable, foot) and Travis Homer (doubtful, knee/wrist/thumb) in Week 11, the team chose not to formally sign Collins, who is no longer eligible to be elevated from the practice squad without a corresponding 53-man roster move. It's a tough break for Collins, who led the Seattle backfield with 12 touches (11 carries, one reception) while scoring a touchdown in last week's loss to the Rams. Instead, the Seahawks elected to flex Bo Scarbrough from the practice squad to provide depth behind the team's two healthy backs, Carlos Hyde and DeeJay Dallas.

Nov 19, 2020 1:46 PM EST

Demoted after busy Week 10

Collins reverted to the Seahawks' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Analysis: Seattle decided to bring Collins back with a flurry of injuries affecting the RB position, and the Arkansas product delivered with 11 carries for 43 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 23-16 loss to San Francisco, adding one catch for four yards. Collins spent 2017 and 2018 in Baltimore after beginning his NFL career in Seattle, collecting 1,384 rushing yards and 13 carries over 25 games with the Ravens. With Chris Carson (foot) beginning the practice week as a non-participant, and Carlos Hyde (hamstring) held to limited availability himself Wednesday, Collins could be back in the rotation for a Thursday night home game against the Cardinals.

Nov 16, 2020 6:04 PM EST

Lead back in loss

Collins rushed 11 times for 43 yards and a touchdown and caught one of two targets for four yards in Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Rams.

Analysis: The Seahawks leaned heavily on the aerial attack Sunday, but when they decided to run it, Collins was their guy, as he handled 11 of 13 running back carries. He was quite effective, too, proving to be a more physical runner than Travis Homer or DeeJay Dallas. He may have proved enough to be kept around moving forward, but Chris Carson (foot) may be back and ready for a full workload next week against the Cardinals, leaving a minimal role for Collins.

Nov 15, 2020 4:54 PM EST

Joins active roster again

Collins was moved to the active roster Saturday.

Analysis: This follows the Seahawks ruling out both Carlos Hyde (hamstring) and Chris Carson (foot) ahead of Sunday's game against the Rams. Collins saw 13 offensive snaps with the team in a similar bind at running back in Week 9 and he accumulated just five yards on two carries. Expect a similar type of workload with Travis Homer and DeeJay Dallas doing the majority of the heavy lifting.

Nov 14, 2020 1:29 PM EST

Officially elevated for Sunday

The Seahawks elevated Collins to the active roster Saturday, Brady Henderson of reports.

Analysis: Collins joined the Seahawks' practice squad Wednesday, but coach Pete Carroll said that he'd feel "very comfortable" with Collins having a role in Sunday's game against the Bills. The 26-year-old last played for the Ravens in 2018 when he posted 411 yards and seven touchdowns on 114 carries and 105 yards and a score on 15 receptions. Last week against the 49ers, rookie DeeJay Dallas garnered 23 touches while Travis Homer, who was battling through a knee contusion, was only available on an emergency basis. If Homer's health is improved enough, Collins likely will operate as the No. 3 back.

Nov 7, 2020 1:20 PM EST

Ready for carries?

Coach Pete Caroll said the Seahawks would feel "very comfortable" using Collins in Sunday's game against the Bills, Brady Henderson of reports.

Analysis: Collins just joined the Seahawks' practice squad Wednesday, but he previously spent time with the team from Apr. 2016 to Sept. 2017, including 11 regular-season appearances. DeeJay Dallas is expected to handle the lead role with Chris Carson (foot) and Carlos Hyde (hamstring) both out this week, though it is possible Collins could complicate things, plus Travis Homer figures to get some playing time on passing downs. Dallas got 23 touches on 79 percent snap share last week, as he and Homer were the only two running backs and Homer was a bit banged up. In any case, it sounds like Collins could be called up from the practice squad for Sunday.

Nov 6, 2020 3:14 PM EST

Likely to be elevated by Sunday

The Seahawks are expected to elevate or promote Collins to the active roster for Sunday's game versus the Bills, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Both Chris Carson (foot) and Carlos Hyde (hamstring) have been ruled out, so Travis Homer and DeeJay Dallas are the only remaining healthy running backs on the active roster. Homer may not be at 100 percent after suffering a knee contusion in Week 7, so Collins will add necessary depth in Seattle's backfield.

Nov 6, 2020 2:26 PM EST

Links with Seahawks' practice squad

The Seahawks signed Collins to the practice squad Wednesday, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

Analysis: Collins hasn't logged NFL action since 2018, when he appeared in 10 games with the Ravens, but he'll now get a shot to rejoin the team where his professional career began. Given that Chris Carson (foot) and Carlos Hyde (shoulder) are both looking iffy for Week 9, and Travis Homer (knee) also nursing an injury leaves DeeJay Dallas as the only fully healthy running back on Seattle's roster, it's conceivable that Collins and his fresh legs could get called up to provide emergency depth.

Nov 4, 2020 1:32 PM EST

Workout set in Seattle

Collins began going through COVID-19 protocols Friday with the Seahawks and could be added to the practice squad if cleared next week, Brady Henderson of reports.

Analysis: The 26-year-old also worked out with Seattle in late 2019 but never signed on with the team. Collins was a fifth-round pick by the Seahawks in 2016 and had 973 rushing yards and six touchdowns the following season in Baltimore, but he hasn't seen any action since the 2018 campaign. Chris Carson (foot), Carlos Hyde (hamstring) and Travis Homer (knee) are all banged up for Seattle, so Collins would provide some necessary backfield depth if signed.

Oct 30, 2020 6:57 AM EST

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