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Training Camp Competition: Running Back

RB Rasheen Ali
RB Rasheen Ali

In the Hunt

  • Derrick Henry
  • Justice Hill
  • Keaton Mitchell
  • Owen Wright
  • Rasheen Ali (rookie)
  • Chris Collier (undrafted rookie)

Projected Starters

Baltimore signing Henry was one of the NFL's biggest offseason moves. He has been all-in since joining the Ravens, reporting to the first day of voluntary workouts and quickly establishing himself as one of the team's hardest workers. The two-time rushing champion is eager to prove he's got plenty left in the tank at age 30. He's rushed for more than 1,000 yards in five of the last six seasons and has rushed for at least 10 touchdowns six straight years. After eight seasons with the Tennessee Titans, Henry will bring the game's most devastating stiff arm to Baltimore while running more often out of the shotgun. Playing in the same backfield with Lamar Jackson will force opponents to defend an imposing combination of thunder and lightning.

Best Battle

As a fifth-round pick, Ali faces a battle to find a role as a rookie. Special teams may represent Ali's best opportunity. He suffered a biceps injury at the Senior Bowl that sidelined him during rookie minicamp, but Ali was on the field for mandatory minicamp and figures to see plenty of preseason action. With Mitchell (knee) not scheduled to return until sometime during the preseason, Ali has an opportunity to provide added depth to the running back room.

Under the Radar

Collier is the first player from Division II Loch Haven to sign with an NFL team since 2011. Not invited to the Combine, Collier gained more attention from NFL teams after a strong performance at Temple's Pro Day, running a 4.48 in the 40-yard dash.

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