Dixon took advantage of his limited opportunities last season with 60 carries for 333 yards (5.6 average) and two touchdowns in six games, but he also coughed up two fumbles during the regular season and another in Baltimore's lone playoff contest. He now projects as the No. 3 running back in a run-heavy offense, with some chance to land on the roster bubble this summer if the Ravens draft or sign additional competition. Passing downs could represent Dixon's best chance at a regular role, considering Ingram is locked in as the starter and Edwards proved reliable as an inside runner last year. That being said, Ingram has a 228-36 advantage over Dixon in career receptions.
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 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.
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