Allen remains unsigned after the first four weeks of the 2019 league year, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/22||@Kansas City Chiefs||31||23.78|
|9||11/04||New England Patriots||8||16.00|
|12||11/26||@Los Angeles Rams||14||17.26|
|13||12/01||San Francisco 49ers||20||19.00|
|15||12/13||New York Jets||18||17.75|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||68||245||2||28||154||1||57|