Allen doesn't have a clear place in the Baltimore backfield after spending much of last season as a healthy scratch, ESPN.com's Jamison Hensley reports.
Even with Kenneth Dixon (suspension) out for the first four games of the season, Allen may need to compete for a roster spot in a backfield that now includes pass-catching specialist Danny Woodhead (knee). Allen's pass-catching ability seemingly provided his best shot at a meaningful role on offense, but Woodhead's presence -- assuming he's healthy -- significantly diminishes Allen's value to the team. Head coach John Harbaugh said Terrance West sits atop the depth chart heading into the draft, but the team probably envisions Dixon as its eventual lead back. Allen should still have a decent shot to make the roster, as he's a recent fourth-round draft pick (2015) who can at least help on special teams.
Allen finished the season with nine carries for 34 yards and added three receptions for 15 yards.
The second-year man out of USC saw a drastically diminished role in 2016 after showing some promise as a rookie. He primarily saw the field on special teams and only played 41 total offensive snaps. The Ravens' additions of Terrence West via free agency and Kenneth Dixon through the draft led to a new look in the backfield and effectively squeezed Allen out of the backfield rotation. Allen was inactive over the final five games of the season, which does not bode well for his future role in Baltimore. If the Ravens re-sign West, they'll likely have a similar carry distribution in 2017, which would mean a nearly non-existent role for Allen.
Allen is inactive for Sunday's game against the Steelers.
Allen is a healthy scratch Sunday and he'll be off the fantasy radar as long as Terrance West and Kenneth Dixon remain healthy.
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