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With Justin Forsett's injury, Javorius Allen gets his chance to shine

With starting running back Justin Forsett out for the rest of the year with a broken arm, the Ravens will turn to third-string rusher Javorius "Buck" Allen. Can he take full advantage of it is the big question.

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With Justin Forsett's broken arm, Buck Allen is now the head guy in the running back stable. Personally I wanted the Ravens to start giving more touches to Allen all season, but I didn't necessarily want it to come at the cost of Justin Forsett getting hurt.

Allen on the season has carried the ball 42 times for 249 yards, an average of almost six yards per carry. He's also caught the ball 13 times for 161 yards, an average of 12 yards a catch. On Sunday Allen ran 22 times for 67 yards and had five receptions for 48 yards, increasing his totals even more. Even with those stats, Allen was averaging just 5 touches a game, which is a shame.

Back at USC, Allen was redshirted as a freshman in 2011 and didn't receive too many carries during the 2012 season. But in 2013, Allen carried the ball 135 times for 785 yards and 14 touchdowns and he had 22 receptions for 252 yards and one touchdown. His breakout hear was in 2014, when Allen carried the ball 276 times for 1,489 yards and 14 touchdowns and had 41 receptions for 458 yards and one touchdown. It ultimately led to the Ravens drafting him with the 125th overall pick in the 4th round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Allen was drafted to serve as a successor for Justin Forsett, but with Forsett coming off of a Pro Bowl season and Lorenzo Taliaferro already being the established back-up for Justin Forsett, Allen was going to be the third option in 2015. Injuries to both Taliaferro and now Forsett have propelled Allen to the #1 back and it looks like he'll have to learn on the fly as the Ravens will turn to him heavily moving forward.

As if his successor plan wasn't already elevated due to the loss of the Ravens first and second running backs, the Ravens lost quarterback Joe Flacco, putting backup Matt Schaub at the helm. With how Schaub performed in training camp and the preseason, the Ravens will undoubtedly want to go with a run first mentality to limit the mistakes that Schaub can have and slow the game down a great deal for an offense that is missing several starters and key components.

Now that he's gotten his shot, let's see if he can make the most of it