Just a few short weeks ago, the Ravens wrapped up their preseason finale against the Saints, finishing off a 4-0 preseason for the second straight year. But cutdown day loomed ahead for these Ravens, and debates raged regarding who should stay and who should go.
Looking at the running back position, Terrance West and Danny Woodhead were the only locks to make the roster, while it appeared that Javorius “Buck” Allen and Taquan Mizzell were fighting for the final spot. Mizzell had been a star of the preseason, and there were many who believed that the undrafted free agent should make the roster over Allen.
Flash forward to September 17. The Ravens have just finished beating the Browns 24-10. Mizzell is on the Bears and Allen just capped off a breakout performance.
Allen finished the game with 66 yards on 14 carries, both top on the team in Week 2. In addition, Allen had 35 yards on 5 catches, both second on the team, plus a touchdown reception.
Allen dominated the touches in the second half, as Terrance West was reportedly dealing with a soft tissue injury. The USC product took advantage of his opportunity, as he was the biggest key to the Ravens offense against the Browns.
Allen has been shoved into a bigger role in the offense after Danny Woodhead was placed on IR. Woodhead got barely any playing time this season before getting hurt, but for the short while that Woodhead was on the the field, the Ravens offense showed some promise. Allen is now serving as the Ravens top pass catching back, a roll he has done well in thus far.
With Terrance West now dealing with a soft tissue injury, we could see even more of Allen in West’s place. With a Ravens backfield that has been dealing with a ton of injuries (Woodhead, Kenneth Dixon, and West), Buck Allen is finally getting his chance to truly break out.