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Ravens Coach John Harbaugh Not Committing to Alex Collins as Lead Back in 2018

Running back Alex Collins proved to be the biggest surprise of the Ravens this season, going from the practice squad in Week 1 to the NFL’s 11th-leading rusher.

But Ravens coach John Harbaugh was noncommittal when asked whether Collins earned the right to be the starter for next season or if Baltimore will look to upgrade, Jamison Hensley of ESPN reports.

“I’m looking to upgrade everything. You know that’s how I’m going to answer the question,” Harbaugh said. “Alex Collins has proven the fact that he can be a very good back in this league.”

Collins became the Ravens’ offensive most valuable player, producing big plays with his aggressive running and elusiveness. After getting cut by the Seattle Seahawks at the end of the preseason, Collins signed with Baltimore’s practice squad, took over the starting job for good by Week 7 and ran for 973 yards, outgaining Frank Gore, Carlos Hyde and Marshawn Lynch.

He was one of the few consistent playmakers for Baltimore and kept the Ravens in the season finale. In the third quarter, Collins looked like he was being stopped on fourth-and-3 on the left side of the field before reversing his direction to the right and scoring a 17-yard touchdown.

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