Former Baltimore Ravens running back Alex Collins faces narcotics and gun charges after being released on $7,500 bail early Saturday morning.
Collins, 24, was released around 12:30 a.m. Saturday on three Chargers after an initial hearing at a Baltimore County courthouse: possession of more than 10 grams of marijuana, intent to distribute marijuana and possession of a handgun in a vehicle.
The Ravens waived Collins on Friday afternoon, hours after he crashed his black Chevrolet Corvette into a tree about a mile from the Ravens' team facility. Officers found Collins asleep in the driver's seat and detected an odor of marijuana inside the vehicle, according to police.
John Harbaugh indicated that Gus Edwards is the team's No. 1 running back heading into the offseason, but he was in a near even timeshare with Kenneth Dixon in the final month of the season. Dixon is a much better receiver, though Edwards is the better pass blocker. The Ravens are going to be extremely run-heavy under OC Greg Roman and whoever is the lead back is likely to be a fantasy starter.
BAL RB Alex Collins - Week 12 Fantasy Football Outlook
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Alex Collins scored a touchdown last week, but got only seven carries compared to 17 for rookie Gus Edwards. The growing concern is that Collins has lost his job, and if Edwards continues to look more efficient with his opportunities – 5.6 yards per carry compared to 3.6 for Collins – then he may completely take over. Fantasy owners should take a wait-and-see approach with Collins for one more week, monitoring the timeshare in the Ravens backfield.
Collins is expected to be out, so Gus Edwards gets a big bump.