|Team:||New York Jets|
|Ht / Wt:||5'10" / 215 lb.|
|Born:||January 21, 1994|
|Drafted:||2016 / Rd. 4 (134)|
Dixon was waived by the Jets on Wednesday, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports.
Analysis: The 26-year-old running back was a fourth-round pick for the Ravens back in 2016, and while he's been the subject of fantasy-football hype on a few different occasions, injuries have been the major theme of Dixon's pro career. He's unlikely to land on an NFL roster for Week 1, though he appears to be healthy at the moment.
Dixon (illness) has a clear bill of health entering the 2020 season, News4Jax.com reports.
Analysis: Dixon was unable to play in the Jets regular-season finale in 2019 due to an illness, but he has completely recovered ahead of the 2020 campaign. The 26-year-old was never saw any carries last year, as he was primarily a special teams contributor. He is expected to again compete for a reserve role in the upcoming season.
Dixon (illness) is ruled out for Sunday's divisional contest against the Bills, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.
Analysis: Dixon will miss Sunday's regular-season finale due to an illness. In his stead, Bilal Powell and Ty Montgomery will operate as the sole backups to top running back Le'Veon Bell.
Dixon (illness) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bills, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Dixon popped up on the injury report Thursday with the ailment, and only logged limited practice time in Friday's session. The veteran was signed by the team Dec. 18, so even if he's healthy enough to play, he'll likely only provide depth for a fairly-healthy running back depth chart in Week 17.
Dixon (knee) signed a contract with the Jets on Wednesday.
Analysis: The 25-year-old spent the preseason with the Ravens but fractured his kneecap and was let go with an injury settlement at roster cutdowns. Dixon had 60 carries for 333 yards and two touchdowns in six games with Baltimore last season, but he's unlikely to play a significant role in the backfield down the stretch in New York.
Dixon (knee) worked out with the Texans on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Dixon suffered a fractured knee during the preseason and was waived from IR with an injury settlement by the Ravens on Sept. 2. It appears Dixon may be at full health, but it remains to be seen how his knee responded to the workout. Dixon has registered 148 carries for 715 yards and two touchdowns while catching 36 passes for 213 yards and a score over 18 NFL games since entering the league in 2016.
Dixon, who has a fractured knee, will be released by the Ravens with an injury settlement, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Due to the nature of his injury, it will be some time before Dixon will be able consider catching on with another team. With the Ravens having moved on from the 2016 fourth-rounder, Dixon will look to re-boot his career elsewhere once he's fully recovered from his knee injury.
Dixon suffered a fractured knee, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Placed on injured reserve over the weekend, Dixon is expected to be waived/injured in the coming days. Coach John Harbaugh said the 2016 fourth-round pick will be moving on from the Ravens, though the nature of his injury suggests Dixon won't be able to play in games anytime soon, even if he finds an interested team.
Dixon (undisclosed) was place on injured reserve Saturday, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: It's a bit strange to see Dixon hit injured reserve without any information regarding what sort of the injury, but considering he'll miss the entire 2019 season it's clear it's serious. Justice Hill stands to benefit the most from Dixon's absence, as the rookie running back is expected to heavily factor in as a receiving back -- a role Dixon would have likely split had he not suffered the undisclosed injury.
Dixon rushed for 66 yards on 13 carries during Thursday's 20-7 win over Washington.
Analysis: Dixon's been dealing with a knee injury in recent weeks, but showed plenty of wiggle in the preseason finale, particularly on a 16-yard run he bounced to the right edge late in the first quarter. Dixon's kind of in weird spot. On one hand, down-roster running backs are more valuable in Baltimore than other squads given the presumed emphasis that will be placed on the run. On the other, Dixon was already passed over by the emergence of Gus Edwards only to see the Ravens add veteran Mark Ingram and rookie fourth-round pick Justice Hill in the offseason. His role is uncertain at best.
Dixon (knee) returned to practice Tuesday for a joint session with the Eagles, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Dixon appeared to play through the injury during Thursday's preseason win over Green Bay, getting some work with the first-team offense en route to finishing with six carries for 14 yards and one catch for nine yards. It isn't clear if he'll be available for Thursday's exhibition versus Philadelphia, but the usage last week at least suggests Dixon is on track for a roster spot -- something that came into question after the Ravens used a fourth-round pick on Justice Hill. The team's run-first approach makes it easy enough to justify a roster with four running backs -- Dixon, Hill, Mark Ingram and Gus Edwards.
Dixon (knee) didn't practice Sunday or Monday, Jonas Shaffer of The Baltimore Sun reports.
Analysis: The same goes for Gus Edwards, who hasn't been reported with any injury. The Ravens may be down to Mark Ingram, Justice Hill, De'Lance Turner and Tyler Ervin in the backfield for Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles.
Dixon did not participate in Saturday's practice due to a knee injury, Jeff Zrebiec of the Athletic reports.
Analysis: The extent of Dixon's knee issue is a bit unclear at this point, but his status for Thursday's preseason tilt against the Eagles may be up in the air. His spot on the 53-man roster is far from a guarantee, so he'll look to return in a timely manner as he competes for a depth role at running back behind Mark Ingram and Gus Edwards.
Dixon did not make Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic's initial roster projection after Baltimore's first preseason game.
Analysis: This is just one beat writer's projection with plenty of time to go in the preseason, but it provides some insight into Dixon's current standing in the roster shuffle. Dixon is in the final year of his rookie deal after three underwhelming seasons and Baltimore made several big additions to the backfield in the offseason. Keeping Dixon would mean keeping four running backs on the 53-man roster, a practice that's becoming less and less common in today's NFL, especially when that said back does not contribute on special teams, as Zrebiec notes. Dixon will need to have a splashy preseason to break camp with the Ravens.
Dixon ran for 21 yards on four carries during Thursday's 29-0 win over Jacksonville.
Analysis: Veteran acquisition Mark Ingram did not carry the ball Thursday and so Dixon mixed in with Gus Edwards during Baltimore's first couple of drives. He stayed behind long enough to pop off a 16-yard gain with Trace McSorley at quarterback. It'll be worth watching in the next few weeks whether Baltimore keeps Dixon in the shuffle when Ingram is in the mix, or if Dixon will be relegated to a more traditional third-string role as the preseason moves on.
Dixon (undisclosed) practiced Thursday, Ryan Mink of the Ravens' official website reports.
Analysis: After missing the last round of OTAs, the fourth-year pro returned to the field this week. Dixon will need to battle for a roster spot, as Mark Ingram, Gus Edwards and fourth-round pick Justice Hill seem to have three jobs locked down. The team typically has carried three running backs under coach John Harbaugh but kept four on the roster late last year. Given the run-heavy nature of the offense with Lamar Jackson at quarterback, Baltimore may be able to find room for Dixon.
Dixon (undisclosed) hasn't participated in OTAs this week, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Dixon can't afford to miss too much practice time this spring/summer, as he'll need to compete for a roster spot after the Ravens signed Mark Ingram and used a fourth-round pick on Justice Hill. The 25-year-old running back averaged 5.6 yards on 60 carries last years, but injuries and suspension have limited him to 18 games through three seasons in the NFL. Passing downs may offer Dixon his best chance at a meaningful role, though he doesn't exactly fit the scatback profile at 5-foot-10, 228 pounds.
Dixon will need to compete for a roster spot this summer, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: With fourth-round pick Justice Hill joining free-agent signee Mark Ingram in the Baltimore backfield, Dixon will probably be the odd man out -- rather than Gus Edwards -- if the team decides to carry just three running backs. The Ravens could keep four if Dixon establishes value on special teams, and there's always a chance injuries thin out the herd this summer. The 25-year-old is entering the final season of his rookie contract with just 18 NFL appearances to his name, but he did average 5.6 yards on 60 carries in six games last season.
Dixon and Gus Edwards figure to rotate in behind Mark Ingram in 2019, Ryan Mink of the Ravens' official website reports.
Analysis: Dixon took advantage of his limited opportunities last season with 60 carries for 333 yards (5.6 average) and two touchdowns in six games, but he also coughed up two fumbles during the regular season and another in Baltimore's lone playoff contest. He now projects as the No. 3 running back in a run-heavy offense, with some chance to land on the roster bubble this summer if the Ravens draft or sign additional competition. Passing downs could represent Dixon's best chance at a regular role, considering Ingram is locked in as the starter and Edwards proved reliable as an inside runner last year. That being said, Ingram has a 228-36 advantage over Dixon in career receptions.
Dixon rushed six times for 13 yards and brought in all three targets for 53 yards in the Ravens' 23-17 wild-card loss to the Chargers on Sunday. He also lost a fumble.
Analysis: With the Ravens falling behind early and trailing wire to wire, the running game was increasingly marginalized as the afternoon wore on. However, Dixon found a way to make an impact as a receiver at a critical juncture, notching all three of his grabs on the day during a fourth-quarter drive that culminated in Michael Crabtree's second touchdown catch of the period. Dixon did commit a costly fumble early, however, having the ball stripped at his own 12-yard line by Melvin Ingram with 9:39 remaining in the first. That miscue ultimately led to the Chargers' first three points of the day. Dixon will now begin preparations for a contract season in 2019, when he'll look to continue establishing himself as a viable complementary three-down option to rookie Gus Edwards in the backfield.
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