Baltimore Ravens waived RB Jeremy Langford, promote RB Alex Collins

The Baltimore Ravens made a surprising move today in waiving former Chicago Bears running back Jeremy Langford and replaced him by promoting former Seattle Seahawks running back Alex Collins from the practice squad.

After putting Danny Woodhead on injured reserve, the Baltimore Ravens promoted Jeremy Langford to the roster but two days later, they decide to move on from Langford and replace him with Alex Collins. This move really surprised me because I thought Langford was a good replacement for Woodhead as the receiving back or the change of pace back with Terrance West and Javorius “Buck” Allen. He had some speed and a skill set that was different from the other running backs. They moved on from Langford before he ever hit the field for the Ravens and now go with the former 5th round pick for the Seattle Seahawks in Alex Collins. Here are some of his highlights in 2015 when he was the starting running back for Arkansas from JustBombsProductions.

Drafted 171st overall in the 5th round by the Seahawks in the 2016 NFL Draft, many thought he was going to be the next “Beast Mode” for Seattle but as 2016 went on, he did not contribute much with limited snaps and was buried in the running back depth chart with all their running back acquisitions in the offseason.

At Arkansas, Collins became the third player in SEC history to rush over 1,000 yards in 3 seasons behind Herschel Walker and Darren McFadden. He finished his junior year as the second most rushing yards at Arkansas with 3,703 rushing yards behind to only Darren McFadden, who had 4,590 rushing yards. Collins played in 38 games had 665 carries, 5.6 rushing yards per attempt average, and 36 rushing touchdowns to add to his rushing yards in his 3-year career at Arkansas according to Sports Reference.

The Baltimore Ravens are giving the 5’11” 218 lbs.  running back Alex Collins another chance on the active roster with his 2nd team in the NFL.

Alex Collins did not play as much in 2016 and only had 31 carries for 125 rushing yards with 1 rushing touchdown in 11 games. Seattle had Thomas Rawls starting last year as well as drafting a few running backs like C.J. Procise from Notre Dame in the 3rd round and Zac Brooks from Clemson in the 7th round. In the offseason in 2017, Seattle added RB Eddie Lacy from Green Bay and drafted Chris Carson in the 7th round in 2017 NFL Draft. Collins should receive a decent amount of carries to split with West and Allen as the 3rd running back. He adds some power to the running back trio and could be the 3rd down back for the Ravens. Collins could have been promoted because they were more impressed with him at practice then Jeremy Langford. I am very intrigued by the role he will play against the Browns on Sunday in the Ravens home opener at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

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