|Ht / Wt:||6'0" / 221 lb.|
|Born:||August 27, 1991|
|Drafted:||2015 / Rd. 4 (125)|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Allen had six carries for just seven yards but had a rushing touchdown to go with three catches for 19 yards and another touchdown Sunday against the Broncos.
Analysis: Once again, the efficiency was lacking but the opportunity -- particularly in the red zone -- was there for Allen. He has a rushing touchdown in every game this season and has seen no less than nine touches in any game. Still, he's averaging a poor 2.0 yards per carry -- a number inflated by his 4.3 YPC mark in Week 1. Allen remains a touchdown-dependent asset that has some utility in deeper PPR formats but Alex Collins will keep his rushing opportunities to a minimum.
Allen had six carries for eight yards and a touchdown Thursday against the Bengals and added five grabs for 36 yards on seven targets.
Analysis: Game flow dictated Baltimore to go to the air after falling behind by 21 points early in the second quarter. That allowed Allen to see more playing time than usual, as he actually had an even snap split (42) with starter Alex Collins. Allen has actually played more snaps than Collins to this point in the season, but the game flow in both games have been abnormal with Baltimore opening a 40-point lead in the opener and having to play catch-up in Week 2. In closer games where Baltimore isn't forced to abandon the run, Allen figures to see his role reduced.
Allen took four carries for 17 yards and added five receptions for 15 yards on six targets in Sunday's win over the Bills.
Analysis: Allen actually had the most snaps of any Baltimore back Sunday, but his production was limited. He averaged under 3.0 yards per target and managed just 32 total yards on nine touches. He stands to see regular playing time on passing downs but his high usage Sunday likely has more to do with the score and outcome than it does with him challenging Alex Collins for carries. Allen and the Ravens will take on the Bengals in Week 2.
Allen gained three yards on one carry and 11 yards on two receptions in Thursday's preseason game against the Rams.
Analysis: Alex Collins got the start and took two carries for 26 yards, while Kenneth Dixon (undisclosed) was held out for a second straight week. There was some thought Dixon would challenge for the No. 2 spot on the depth chart and regular snaps on passing downs, but his inability to stay healthy may leave Allen without any serious competition for the job. The 26-year-old filled a similar role for most of 2015 and 2017, averaging 854 scrimmage yards, 45.5 catches and 4.5 touchdowns between the two seasons.
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