THE 2017/18 NFL ALL-UNDERRATED TEAM
RUNNING BACK: ALEX COLLINS
The Baltimore Ravens have quite a boring offense at times, however, Alex Collins quietly provided a massive spark this past season.
Graded as PFF’s 4th best running back behind only Todd Gurley, Alvin Kamara, and Kareem Hunt, Collins was able to prove that one team’s trash can certainly be another team’s treasure.
Drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the 5th round of the 2016 draft, Alex Collins was seldom used, and he was ultimately cut by Pete Carroll at the end of the 2017 preseason.
Just two days prior to the beginning of last season, the Ravens then swooped in (pun intended) and made what was arguably the best value signing of the year.
After opening the season on Baltimore’s practice squad, it wasn’t until week 2 that Alex Collins was promoted to the team’s active roster after Danny Woodhead’s season ending injury, and it wasn’t until week 4 that he earned his first career start.
From that point on, the former Arkansas Razorback never took his foot off the gas.
Across 12 starts, Alex Collins finished 2017/18 with 973 rushing yards and 6 rushing touchdowns.
He also contributed an extra 187 yards through the air, and had he started all 16 games, Collins was on pace to finish the year with 1297 rushing yards, 249 receiving yards, and 8 rushing touchdowns.
Not bad for a practice squad player who was tossed aside by a running back-needy team like Seattle.
Heading into next season, Alex Collins has now done more than enough to be considered the number one option in the Baltimore Ravens backfield, and he is walking proof that all you really need is an opportunity.
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