Collins rushed for 38 yards on 11 carries and added 10 yards on three catches during Sunday's 24-23 loss to the Saints. After scoring twice in Week 6, Collins failed to find the end zone on Sunday. Trickery can be partially to blame as Lamar Jackson got the call on a short-yardage touchdown carry just before halftime, literally pulling the ball away from Collins on a zone read. Collins remains the lead back for the Ravens, but his value is dependent on his scoring: He otherwise averages a modest 57 total yards per game. Next Sunday might be the game in which to rebound as Baltimore visits a Carolina defense surrendering 4.6 yards per rush this season.
Collins rushed 12 times for 59 yards and caught one of four targets for seven yards in Sunday's 12-9 overtime loss to the Browns. Collins is Baltimore's most effective option on the ground, but his ineptitude in the passing game keeps Javorius Allen heavily involved as well. The bruising runner is the Ravens' best bet for touchdowns when he's not battling fumbling issues, but the team was kept out of the end zone for 70 minutes in this one. Up next for Collins is a Week 6 trip to Tennessee.
Collins (knee) returned to practice Friday as a full participant, with coach John Harbaugh saying afterward that the running back will play in Sunday's game at Cleveland, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports. This confirms the notion that Collins' absence from practice Thursday was a matter of maintenance rather than a legitimate concern. The return of his fumbling woes is the bigger problem, with Collins now in serious danger of losing goal-line and clock-killing work to Javorius Allen, who already handles nearly all of the passing-down snaps. It's anyone's guess which of the two running backs will lead the Ravens in touches this week. Collins has a huge advantage in running ability, but Allen is more reliable when it comes to blocking, receiving and ball security.
Collins (knee) took part in Friday's practice, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports. Hensley relays that Collins "didn't appear to be at full strength," but it's encouraging that the running back was able to get back on the field after sitting out Thursday. Collins' status for the Week 5 matchup with the Browns will be revealed after Friday's practice concludes.
Collins' (knee) absence from practice Thursday was portrayed as precautionary, according toTom Pelissero of NFL.com. Moreover, the report suggests that the Ravens "want (Collins) ready to rip" Sunday against the Browns. We'll circle back on Collins' status Friday, but as long as he practices in some capacity, his Week 5 playing prospects will brighten.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|14||12/09||@Kansas City Chiefs||31||25.29|
|15||12/16||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||21||19.67|
|16||12/23||@Los Angeles Chargers||16||17.14|
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|3 Year Avg||122||549||4||17||136||0||87|