Irish Jig: The Baltimore Ravens have a dynamic running back in Alex Collins

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Author: Jon Kuzma

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If you’ve followed Alex Collins throughout his collegiate days at Arkansas it should come as no surprise that this guy is an outstanding football player. Collins rushed for three consecutive 1,000 yard seasons with the Razorbacks and totaled 3,703 yards and 36 touchdowns against some tough SEC opponents. For some reason though Collins fell all the way to the 5th round of the 2016 draft and that’s when the Seattle Seahawks selected him. For whatever reason things didn’t work out in the state of Washington (they said Collins had fumbling issues) and that ended up being great news for the Ravens. In his first season in Baltimore Collins rushed for 973 and 6 touchdowns as the top ball carrier in John Harbaugh’s system. That was a huge relief for their football team because Collins came out of no where and established a running game. Without that it’s hard to believe the Ravens would have won 9 football games last season and now they’re on the cusp of being a contender again. The offense as a whole will be better this season so less will be asked of Alex Collins. The good news is that means he’ll be well rested when the team does call his number. Ultimately that will lead to some big plays and remember Collins gets the job done with his speed. He’s a very explosive runner and does well running to the outside. Not many guys can outrun the pursuit and turn the corner. Alex Collins is one of those guys and he has some home run hitter ability. If there’s enough daylight this guy can take it to the house whether it’s 50, 60, or 70 yards. It’s almost to the point where you’re wondering how did Seattle overlook him but every season some players slips through the cracks. Luckily for the Baltimore Collins fell right in their lap.

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Irish Jig. The Baltimore Ravens have an emerging running back in Alex Collins.

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