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. 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.
Dixon carried the ball 12 times for 117 yards in Sunday's 26-24 win over the Browns. He also added one reception for two yards. Dixon split work evenly with Gus Edwards and posted his second-highest carry total of the season. However, it was by far his best yardage output, paced by four rushes of over 10 yards. As has become the story of his career, Dixon's season was derailed by a knee injury, though when he was on the field he performed admirably, averaging 5.6 yards per carry on 60 rushing attempts. He'll be entering the final year of his contract in 2019, and if he can remain healthy, he figures to maintain at least some role in the Ravens' backfield.
Dixon ran the ball eight times for 28 yards, adding 20 more yards on two receptions (three targets) in Saturday's 22-10 win over the Chargers. Dixon also lost a fumble, but it was otherwise a solid showing for the backup. Gus Edwards has clearly become the top rushing option out of the backfield for Baltimore, limiting Dixon's upside on a weekly basis. The latter has been averaging right around 10 touches over the past four weeks, creating some deep-league value (but nothing more) heading into Week 17's matchup with the Browns.
Dixon rushed 11 times for 48 yards and brought in his only target for two yards in the Ravens' 20-12 win over the Buccaneers on Sunday. Dixon saw a slight increase from the eight carries apiece he logged in the past two games, with Ty Montgomery's inactive status helping him lock in backup duties for the afternoon. Dixon continues to be efficient on a per-touch basis, and his workload could continue its upward trend against the Chargers in a Saturday night Week 16 matchup.
Coach John Harbaugh said he expects Dixon's role to grow, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports. Gus Edwards is doing solid work in the lead role with 4.8 yards per carry, but he only has one touchdown and one reception all season, with a long gain of 19 yards on 92 carries. Dixon has added an element of explosiveness in two games since his activation from injured reserve, taking 16 carries for 96 yards and a touchdown while adding two catches for 27 yards. With Ty Montgomery also getting some snaps -- especially on passing downs -- the Baltimore backfield is turning into a three-headed mess. Dixon might actually offer the best mix of skills, but there's no assurance regarding workload for Week 15 against Tampa Bay.
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