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.
It seems like Edwards will be a go, but Collins may not. Either way, Edwards is the better play of the two as he has led the backfield in touches and fantasy scoring the last two weeks racking up 233 yards and 29.3 fantasy points. He is a RB2 against a vulnerable Falcons defense.
Head coach John Harbaugh went on to say: “Gus was North and South, he’s a physical guy. He’s been practicing really well. When those young guys start practicing well for weeks after weeks, we want to get them out there. Then he was playing well on special teams, so it kind of gave an indication that he was ready. He sure took the bull by the horns.” Edwards' style is something Harbaugh went on to say the team hasn't really had this year, so it seems like Edwards is going to continue to get work moving forward. While it's surely a muddied RB situation in Baltimore, to add an RB at this point of the year with Edwards' kind of potential is a must. It would appear the emergence of Edwards will hurt the fantasy value of Collins the most.