Allen had only 10 carries for the Giants this year, though only one of those came in the season's final two games.
Analysis: The journeyman is likely to serve as a special teams/depth player should he make the roster in 2020.
Jan 3, 2020 7:52 AM EST
Allen carried the ball eight times for 28 yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 36-20 win over the Dolphins.
Analysis: Allen worked as the backup to Saquon Barkley with Wayne Gallman a healthy scratch. The 28-year-old took the field in the fourth quarter with the contest well out of hand, and he made the most of that opportunity to score the eighth rushing touchdown of his career. Across the previous seven contests, Allen had handled just one carry.
Dec 16, 2019 9:17 AM EST
Allen recorded a four-yard rush in Sunday's 31-13 loss to the Packers.
Analysis: While Saquon Barkley continues his stranglehold on the backfield reps -- he played 96 percent of offensive snaps -- Allen logged three snaps and Wayne Gallman didn't touch the field. Both Allen and Gallman have similar handcuff value in case Barkley is injured during the fantasy playoffs.
Dec 2, 2019 9:09 AM EST
Allen signed with the Giants on Friday, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.
Analysis: Allen will replace undrafted rookie Jon Hilliman, who was waived Friday after struggling in the lead backfield role during Thursday's 35-14 loss to New England. The Giants presumably expect to have Saquon Barkley (ankle) and/or Wayne Gallman (concussion) back in the lineup for Week 7 against Arizona.
Oct 11, 2019 3:03 PM EST
Allen (undisclosed) was released from the Saints' IR on Friday according to the NFL's official transaction log.
Analysis: Allen release opens the door for him to play again this season if he can pass a physical for another team. If he does sign with another team he'll likely compete for a depth running back and special teams role.
Aug 9, 2019 4:23 PM EST
Allen (undisclosed) has been placed on IR, Herbie Teope of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Analysis: With Allen headed to IR, the Saints have added Rob Kelley to boost the team's backfield depth behind Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray.
Jul 30, 2019 9:46 AM EST
Allen signed a contract with the Saints on Tuesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Analysis: After being on the open market for several months, Allen has finally found a home for the summer. Allen should have a legitimate shot at a roster spot in New Orleans given that the team presumably only has two solid backfield options locked in with Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray. He will be in competition with Dwayne Washington and rookie Devine Ozigbo as offseason workouts continue.
May 28, 2019 1:43 PM EST
Allen worked out for the Saints on Thursday, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Analysis: It doesn't appear Allen has had many suitors in free agency thus far, but it's possible he's comfortable with taking his time to allow his market to develop as injuries inevitably pile up around the league. The USC product could be an interesting addition to a New Orleans depth chart that only has Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray locked in at the top, but he might be less versatile as a special-teams option than Dwayne Washington and perhaps a lesser runner than undrafted rookie Devine Ozigbo. Allen's best chances of sticking on somewhere would likely be due to his reliability on third downs.
May 23, 2019 12:19 PM EST
Allen remains unsigned after the first four weeks of the 2019 league year, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Allen theoretically has some value as a competent option for passing downs, but his lack of explosiveness -- career marks of 3.7 yards per carry and 6.3 yards per catch -- could make it difficult to drum up interest. The 2015 fourth-round pick started six of 54 games in four seasons for Baltimore, with his best stretch of production coming in the second half of his rookie campaign. Another year in Baltimore wouldn't be the worst idea, as the team doesn't have an obvious third-down back to complement Mark Ingram, Gus Edwards and Kenneth Dixon. Given the current construction of the roster, either Ingram or Dixon would have to handle passing downs.
Apr 12, 2019 11:44 AM EST
Allen finished the regular season with 41 carries for 110 yards and three scores while adding 35 catches on 43 targets for 196 yards and two touchdowns.
Analysis: The fourth-year player started the year strong with four touchdowns in his first three games. Allen's effectiveness, particularly as a rusher, was always underwhelming as he never averaged more than 4.3 YPC in any game where he got multiple attempts. The team's late-season acquisition of Ty Montgomery, in addition to its activation of Kenneth Dixon off IR, effectively squeezed Allen out of the offense entirely. Allen was a healthy scratch the last two games and appears unlikely to be re-signed by the Ravens when he hits unrestricted free agency at season's end.
Jan 4, 2019 2:28 PM EST
Allen (coach's decision) is not active for Saturday night's contest against the Chargers.
Analysis: It's a bit surprising to see Allen not active for Saturday's pivotal game, but it's quite clear Ty Montgomery has ascended into the third-string role behind Gus Edwards and Kenneth Dixon.
Dec 22, 2018 4:08 PM EST
Allen did not play an offensive snap against the Falcons.
Analysis: Ty Montgomery's ascent has now neutralized Allen's presence in the Baltimore offense. Since the bye week, Allen's snap counts check in at five, one, and zero on offense. Allen still sees time on special teams, but any sort of fantasy-relevant role is seemingly out the window.
Dec 4, 2018 10:04 AM EST
Allen had a two-yard carry on his lone offensive snap in Sunday's 34-17 win over the Raiders.
Analysis: Ty Montgomery seems to have taken Allen's role as the de facto pass-catching back out of the Baltimore backfield. The former Packer played 28 offensive snaps and had 11 touches from scrimmage compared to Allen's one snap. Allen now profiles as the No.4 back in the Baltimore offense when Alex Collins is active, and with Lamar Jackson absorbing a fair share of carries, there simply aren't enough touches to go around for the former USC Trojan.
Nov 27, 2018 8:45 AM EST
Allen carried the ball once for a two-yard gain during Sunday's 24-21 win over Cincinnati.
Analysis: Allen can't blame his uneventful day on the insertion of a run-first quarterback and sudden emergence of rookie Gus Edwards, but they certainly didn't help. Allen now has just six carries since Week 6. He had kept his value up as a receiver, with 14 catches in his previous four games, but that worth might be diluted if Jackson continues to play in place of Joe Flacco (hip). Allen's value is probably low as a runner no matter what, but keep an eye on the quarterback situation to see if Allen is likely to see a couple of passes come his way. Sunday brings a Raiders defense ranked 17th in opponent passing yards at 245 per game.
Nov 20, 2018 9:25 PM EST
Allen took one carry for six yards and caught five passes for eight yards in a 23-16 loss to the Steelers on Sunday.
Analysis: Ty Montgomery was inactive for his first game as a member of the Ravens, but he should be ready to push Allen for playing time on passing downs after a Week 10 bye. Allen has produced just 5.6 yards per catch this season and 6.3 per catch for his career, lacking the speed or elusiveness to take advantage of his reliable hands. The Ravens presumably hope to reduce his role over the final seven weeks of the season.
Nov 5, 2018 7:54 AM EST
Allen caught three of five targets for 18 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 36-21 loss to Carolina.
Analysis: Allen's main contribution came at the end of the third quarter when he slid out into the flat and then crossed back over the middle for a nine-yard touchdown reception, his second of the season to go along with three rushing touchdowns. It'll be interesting to see how the acquisition of former-Packer Ty Montgomery impacts Allen's role. Allen, though not a dynamic runner, ranks fourth on the team in catches and targets. Montgomery, himself, is a former receiver. Look for how those two split targets beginning Sunday against a Pittsburgh defense surrendering 265 opponent passing yards per game.
Oct 30, 2018 5:38 PM EST
Allen had three carries for three yards and added three catches on three targets for 21 yards Sunday against the Saints.
Analysis: Allen's effectiveness as a runner has been non-existent of late with all of four carries for four yards in his last two games. He has remained effective in the passing game, but his early-season value was mostly bolstered by his work near the goal line. In the last two games, the Ravens have turned to Alex Collins and even Lamar Jackson to punch it into the end zone. With Allen failing to get much traction on the ground between the 20s, the Ravens aren't finding much reason to give him carries near the goal line now, either. Allen and the Ravens will face the Panthers in Week 8.
Oct 22, 2018 9:52 PM EST
Allen finished with one yard on one carry and hauled in all three of his targets for 18 yards Sunday in the Ravens' 21-0 win over the Titans. He played 28 of the team's 75 offensive snaps (37 percent).
Analysis: Allen is the Ravens' top pass-catching back and is averaging a career-worst 2.8 yards per carry this season, so it wasn't too surprising that he was largely phased out of the game script with Baltimore racing out to an early lead and turning in its most dominant defensive performance of the season. With the Ravens leaning heavily on the ground game to run out the clock in its resounding victory, Alex Collins (19 totes for 54 yards and two touchdowns) and third-stringer Gus Edwards (10 carries for 42 yards) both out-touched Allen by a wide margin. Despite the lack of usage Sunday, Allen could easily emerge as the favored backfield option Week 7 while opposing an explosive Saints offense that will likely give the Baltimore defense one of its toughest tests to date.
Oct 15, 2018 10:37 AM EST
Allen rushed eight times for 34 yards and caught six of eight targets for 44 yards while losing a fumble in Sunday's 12-9 overtime loss to Cleveland.
Analysis: Fellow Ravens running back Alex Collins has been taking heat for fumbling issues recently, but it was Allen's turn to cough the ball up this time. While Allen finished with 14 touches to Collins' 13, Collins had 12 carries to Allen's eight. This split was representative of their usage all season, so a similar workload can be expected against the Titans in Week 6.
Oct 7, 2018 4:06 PM EST
Allen had 10 carries for 30 yards and added two catches for 17 yards Sunday against the Steelers.
Analysis: It was Allen's second-lowest snap count of the season and yet Allen saw his heaviest rushing workload of the year. He saw plenty of work after Alex Collins' costly goal-line fumble, but Allen's passing game work was scaled down a bit as well. Allen reliably plays roughly half of Baltimore's offensive snaps on a given week and that role stands to continue Sunday in Cleveland.
Oct 2, 2018 10:29 AM EST
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