Allen took one carry for six yards and caught five passes for eight yards in a 23-16 loss to the Steelers on Sunday.
Ty Montgomery was inactive for his first game as a member of the Ravens, but he should be ready to push Allen for playing time on passing downs after a Week 10 bye. Allen has produced just 5.6 yards per catch this season and 6.3 per catch for his career, lacking the speed or elusiveness to take advantage of his reliable hands. The Ravens presumably hope to reduce his role over the final seven weeks of the season.
Allen caught three of five targets for 18 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 36-21 loss to Carolina.
Allen's main contribution came at the end of the third quarter when he slid out into the flat and then crossed back over the middle for a nine-yard touchdown reception, his second of the season to go along with three rushing touchdowns. It'll be interesting to see how the acquisition of former-Packer Ty Montgomery impacts Allen's role. Allen, though not a dynamic runner, ranks fourth on the team in catches and targets. Montgomery, himself, is a former receiver. Look for how those two split targets beginning Sunday against a Pittsburgh defense surrendering 265 opponent passing yards per game.
Allen had three carries for three yards and added three catches on three targets for 21 yards Sunday against the Saints.
Allen's effectiveness as a runner has been non-existent of late with all of four carries for four yards in his last two games. He has remained effective in the passing game, but his early-season value was mostly bolstered by his work near the goal line. In the last two games, the Ravens have turned to Alex Collins and even Lamar Jackson to punch it into the end zone. With Allen failing to get much traction on the ground between the 20s, the Ravens aren't finding much reason to give him carries near the goal line now, either. Allen and the Ravens will face the Panthers in Week 8.
Allen finished with one yard on one carry and hauled in all three of his targets for 18 yards Sunday in the Ravens' 21-0 win over the Titans. He played 28 of the team's 75 offensive snaps (37 percent).
Allen is the Ravens' top pass-catching back and is averaging a career-worst 2.8 yards per carry this season, so it wasn't too surprising that he was largely phased out of the game script with Baltimore racing out to an early lead and turning in its most dominant defensive performance of the season. With the Ravens leaning heavily on the ground game to run out the clock in their resounding victory, Alex Collins (19 totes for 54 yards and two touchdowns) and third-stringer Gus Edwards (10 carries for 42 yards) both out-touched Allen by a wide margin. Despite the lack of usage Sunday, Allen could easily emerge as the favored backfield option Week 7 while opposing an explosive Saints offense that will likely give the Baltimore defense one of its toughest tests to date.
Allen rushed eight times for 34 yards and caught six of eight targets for 44 yards, but he lost a fumble in Sunday's 12-9 overtime loss to Cleveland.
Fellow Ravens running back Alex Collins has been taking heat for fumbling issues recently, but it was Allen's turn to cough up the ball this time. While Allen finished with 14 touches to Collins' 13, Collins had 12 carries to Allen's eight. This split reflected their usage all season, so a similar workload can be expected against the Titans in Week 6.
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