But Ravens coach John Harbaugh was noncommittal when asked whether Collins earned the right to be the starter for next season or if Baltimore will look to upgrade.
"I'm looking to upgrade everything. You know that's how I'm going to answer the question," Harbaugh said. "Alex Collins has proven the fact that he can be a very good back in this league."
Collins isn't seen as a workhorse back by Baltimore. The Ravens never gave him the ball more than 20 times in a game (compared to Todd Gurley and Leonard Fournette, who combined to do so 12 times) because they didn't want to wear down a smaller frame back like Collins. There are also other issues with ball security (four fumbles) and catching the ball (three drops).
The Ravens could just be keeping their options open at running back, especially in the draft. Baltimore hasn't selected a running back in the first three rounds since Bernard Pierce in 2012, and the team could be kicking itself after passing on Alvin Kamara and Kareem Hunt last year.
Collins averaged 4.59 YPC, which was No. 4 in the league among running backs with at least 200 carries. If the Ravens don't make a big move at running back, Collins will likely hold draft value in the fourth or fifth round.
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The 5’9”, 192-pound Smith, a Florida State product entering his seventh NFL season, appeared in five games with the Chicago Bears last season. An undrafted free agent who spent his first five credited NFL seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, Smith has averaged 9.9 yards on his 30 NFL carries and totaled 7 touchdowns on 45 touches.
Injured running back Matt Forte (hamstring), yet to practice, will be under the spotlight.
The Jets are beat up at running back. The latest injury: Dominique Williams, who has a concussion. That leaves only three healthy backs -- Bilal Powell, Romar Morris and Matthew Tucker. Khiry Robinson, recovered from a broken leg. Veteran Bernard Pierce, who pulled a hamstring soon after signing at the start of camp, could be on shaky ground
The story said it's too soon to panic, but Forte probably won't play next week if he misses a few more practices and then it's time to worry, the story went on to say. The article also added Robinson could get his first full-time work after limited work last week. Robinson could end up being a guy to get carries if Forte remains out. Powell's strength is more of a third-down back and he likely wouldn't see a large amount of rushes.
Monday, August 8, 2016, 7:47am
The clock is ticking on Pierce, who signed on the first day of camp and promptly pulled a hammy. There's a limit to the team's patience. "As camp goes, there’s a problem if you stay in the training room when you just got here and you haven’t shown yourself," coach Todd Bowles said. "He has (games) on tape. As the running backs get healthy, those who make plays, obviously get to play." Consider that a warning, Bernard.
Forte already has been ruled out for Thursday night against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the preseason opener. There are only four healthy backs, only one of whom (Bilal Powell) is a lock to make the roster.
The Jets RB depth has been tested early in camp as Matt Forté and Bernard Pierce have been slowed by hamstring injuries while Khiry Robinson (leg) remains on the PUP list. Through seven practices, most of the workload has been divided up between Bilal Powell, 1st-year player Dominique Williams and rookie Romar Morris.
“Anything happens in this game, in this business and the coaches keep track with the number of reps. They try to divide them into equal opportunities to keep everybody fresh,” said Powell, who re-signed with the club in March. “If you break a long run, you get a guy in. There’s no such thing as fresh legs in training camp, so you have to do a tremendous job of taking care of your body.”
The story said Powell looks fresh as ever, displaying his shiftiness and vision time and time again. He has been dynamic in the open field and seems to surprise defenders with an extra burst. When everyone is healthy, it's tough to see how roles will play out. With Forte on board, we're not so sure about the size of Powell's role in 2016. The signing is a concern for Forte as well, since Powell’s presence threatens his receiving role.
The Jacksonville Jaguars aren't quite sure who will be carrying the ball in Sunday's game at New Orleans.
T.J. Yeldon is still nursing a sprained right MCL he suffered Dec. 13, and Denard Robinson suffered a left foot sprain in the Jaguars' loss to Atlanta on Sunday, which leaves the Jaguars with only two healthy running backs on the active roster: Jonas Gray, who was signed last week, and Joe Banyard. Toby Gerhart (sports hernia) and Bernard Pierce (calf) are on IR.
Coach Gus Bradley, however, is hopeful that Robinson will be on the field against the Saints.
"We’ll wait and see what happens," Bradley said. "Everything that I have been told is more positive, more arrow up, but we’ll wait and see until we find the information."
Yeldon sprained his left knee Sunday against Indianapolis, left the stadium on crutches and was scheduled to undergo tests Monday.
The Jaguars (5-8) host Atlanta (6-7) on Sunday.
Coach Gus Bradley says Yeldon ''got his knee got bent a little bit'' against the Colts and was unable to return to the game. Bradley says general manager Dave Caldwell is considering bringing in another running back since Jacksonville already has Toby Gerhart, Bernard Pierce and Corey Grant on injured reserve.
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Hurns can be dialed up as a WR2, while Yeldon's probable workload makes him a worthwhile RB2.
DT Al Woods (ankle), CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson (hamstring), WR Kendall Wright (knee)
LB Derrick Morgan (shoulder)
CB Perrish Cox (hamstring), DT Sammie Lee Hill (knee), G Chance Warmack (ankle)
DT Sen'Derrick Marks (elbow), S James Sample (shoulder)
Kendall Wright is out again, as expected. T.J. Yeldon is listed as questionable, but expects to play. Allen Hurns was told that his sports hernia surgery could wait until the offseason, so it appears that he'll play through it as long as he can. He's a solid start against the Titans.
Friday, October 16, 2015, 6:15pm
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