Allen finished the season with 153 carries for 591 yards and four touchdowns to go with 46 catches for 250 yards on 60 targets. Considering that Allen was a healthy scratch for the final five games of the 2016 season, 2017 was a resurgent year for the USC product. It took developments like injuries to Kenneth Dixon, Danny Woodhead and Terrance West for Allen to get his shot again, but he performed ably when called upon. Alex Collins clearly took over the No. 1 role and eventually started seeing some passing-down snaps, but Allen still had a prominent role -- especially in the first half of the season. Looking ahead to 2018, it's difficult to bet on so many things falling in Allen's favor again. Dixon is primed to return, Collins has the starting role all but locked up, and Woodhead remains under contract. The 2018 season will be Allen's contract year, but it's difficult to imagine him seeing the same role he did in 2017.
Allen had eight carries for 37 yards Saturday against the Colts and added a 10-yard reception in the contest. Allen's workload was scaled back to an extent Saturday, but he was still effective with the opportunities he did get. He averaged 4.6 yards per carry, bumping his season average up to 3.7. Allen tends to see extended work in games where the Ravens seize control, so with Baltimore checking in as heavy home favorites against the Bengals in Week 17, he could see a workload similar to what he received against the Browns in Week 15.
Allen took 13 carries for 70 yards and caught one of three targets for four yards in Sunday's 27-10 win over the Browns. Allen handled Baltimore's final 10 carries of the contest, serving as the back of choice once the team had a healthy lead and valued ball security over gaining yards. Alex Collins managed just 19 yards on 12 carries and 33 yards on five catches, but he's otherwise been fantastic in recent weeks, leaving no question about his status as the lead back. A Week 16 matchup with the Colts could shape up favorably for both Allen and Collins, as the Ravens will be heavily favored to win.
Allen had six carries for 25 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 39-38 loss to the Steelers and added two receptions for 32 yards. Although Allen saw just 13 offensive snaps, he made the most of his opportunities by punching in his third and fourth touchdowns of the season. By comparison, Alex Collins led the way with 29 snaps and Danny Woodhead was on the field for 24 plays, showing that Allen is still the third option out of the Baltimore backfield. Allen has played less than 20 snaps in each of the last four games, which coincides with Woodhead's return from a hamstring injury. Look for Allen to maintain a similar role Sunday when the Ravens return to action against the Browns.
Allen had seven carries for 22 yards to go with one catch for four yards in Sunday's win over the Lions. Allen has been running better than the numbers may suggest, but there's no denying that his role has been scaled back considerably since Danny Woodhead returned from injury. In the last three games, Allen has a grand total of 18 touches on 38 offensive snaps. For context, Allen hadn't played less than 30 snaps in any game prior to Week 11 when Woodhead got back on the field. The Ravens' crowded running back situation has effectively left Allen as the third back in the pecking order, making it tough to justify holding a roster spot for him in most formats.
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