Cecil Whig - - SPORTS -

Justin Forsett or Ja­vo­rius Allen? Which Ravens run­ning back will lead the team in touches this sea­son? Forsett is still the likely starter, and the Ravens be­lieve he’s the best fit to run be­hind their zone-block­ing scheme. So he’s still the best bet, es­pe­cially with some of the ball se­cu­rity is­sues Allen had last sea­son. But fan­tasy own­ers should pro­ceed with cau­tion when con­sid­er­ing the Ravens’ backs, es­pe­cially since rookie Ken­neth Dixon is now in the mix, and the team lost one of its best run block­ers, Kelechi Osemele, to free agency. What are the ex­pec­ta­tions for Dixon, the rookie from Louisiana Tech? Dixon will prob­a­bly start the sea­son as a third-down back at best, but by year’s end, it would hardly be sur­pris­ing if he emerges as the team’s lead back. The Ravens love how he fin­ishes runs and gets down­hill, so he should get some goal-line car­ries as well. He was very, very pro­duc­tive in col­lege. What should we ex­pect from Bre­shad Per­ri­man af­ter he missed all of last sea­son? The Ravens don’t even know what to ex­pect. Per­ri­man has be­come an enigma af­ter what was ini­tially be­lieved to be a mi­nor knee in­jury wound up end­ing his rookie sea­son be­fore it be­gan. Per­ri­man iso­lated him­self from the rest of the team for months, spurring even more ques­tions. As of mid-Au­gust he was still not prac­tic­ing, but the Ravens were hope­ful he would be ready for the sea­son opener. I wouldn’t ex­pect too much too early. He’ll likely be the No. 3 or 4 re­ceiver un­til he proves ca­pa­ble of more.

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