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The Competition 2017: Running Backs

Posted Jul 7, 2017

The Ravens have six running backs who could all fill different roles. So who makes the team and who gets the most carries?

Returning Players

Javorius Allen (6-foot-0, 222 pounds, third season)
Kenneth Dixon (5-10, 212, second season)
Lorenzo Taliaferro (6-0, 225, fourth season)
Terrance West (5-10, 225, fourth season)

Free-Agent Signings

Danny Woodhead (5-8, 200, ninth season)


Taquan Mizzell (5019, 197, Virginia)

Projected Starters

The Ravens could employ a three-headed monster this season. West led the Ravens in rushing attempts (193), yards (774) and touchdowns (five rushing, one receiving) last season. While some of those carries will go to Woodhead, the newly-signed veteran may be used more in the passing game. Woodhead has only topped 100 carries once, and isn’t best served as a bell-cow back. Dixon flashed as a rookie and could see a bigger role this year, but that will have to come after a four-game suspension to start the season.

Key Role Players

Taliaferro is being shifted into a fullback/halfback role after Kyle Juszczyk left for San Francisco in free agency. The big-bodied bruiser has experience doing it in college and has the right mindset for the job. If he can stay healthy, he could be a valuable Swiss-Army knife in the backfield. Woodhead will be a chain-moving, mismatch-making dynamo who could line up anywhere in the offense.

Most Anticipated Battle

Allen showed a lot of potential and made six starts as a rookie in 2015. He only had nine carries and three receptions last season, however. Now Allen finds himself battling to find a niche in the Ravens backfield. Mizzell, who is the only player in ACC history with 1,500 career rushing yards and 1,500 career receiving yards, is also an intriguing talent.

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