At the beginning of the season, the NFL had rookies write up their goals for the season. Javorius Allen wrote he wanted to become a starter. A tall goal for a rookie, for sure.
He'll accomplish that goal next week, although not by ideal circumstances.
"Buck" Allen will likely make his first NFL start, replacing Ravens' RB Justin Forsett, who's thought to be out for the remainder of the 2015 season after breaking his arm in the Ravens' 16-13 win over the Rams Sunday.
The Ravens' roster has already been battered and broken, and along with the loss of Forsett, they'll be without Joe Flacco when Allen makes that goal-reaching start. He tore his ACL and has possible damage to his MCL as well, and will be placed on injured reserve.
Allen, the Ravens' fourth round draft pick this past April, rushed 276 times for 1,489 yards, scoring 11 touchdowns for USC last season. He's pressed into service as the Ravens also saw Lorenzo Taliaferro's season end due to injury earlier this year.
Allen had 67 yards on 22 carries against the Rams, one of the league's better run defenses. That bumped him to 249 yards on 64 carries for the year. Allen also added five catches for 48 yards in the win.
It's early in his career, and while it's likely he would rather have achieved his preseason goal in a less brutal fashion, the job is Allen's to lose.
And the Ravens are hoping he makes the most of it.