OWINGS MILLS - The knee injury (sprained MCL) to running back Lorenzo Taliaferro could have a ripple effect regarding what happens on the depth chart behind starter Justin Forsett. Here’s what to expect:
- Rookie Buck Allen becomes the No. 2 running back.
Look for Allen to get plenty of work during the remaining two games of the preseason. Allen could use the experience, and the Ravens have no intention of running Forsett much prior to Week 1. If Allen seizes the opportunity, he could become an important part of the offense, especially due to his excellent hands for a running back. Offensive coordinator Marc Trestman has a history of utilizing running backs in the passing game.
- Terrence Magee and Fitz Toussaint should get a closer look.
The Ravens are probably only going to carry three backs, in addition to fullback Kyle Juszczyk. Making the final 53 still looks difficult for Toussaint or Magee, unless Taliaferro is gone for an extended period. However, Magee was the Ravens’ leading rusher Saturday night (11 carries, 44 yards), showing impressive speed. And Toussaint was already part of the practice squad for most of 2014, before joining the active roster Dec. 13 for the rest of the season.
“Terrence looked good,” said Ravens coach John Harbaugh. “He was a north-south runner, low to the ground, powerful dude. Just how he ran in college (at LSU) is how you saw him run the other night.”
Running backs coach Thomas Hammock expects all the backs to raise their games.
"They all have an opportunity to show what they can do," Hammock said.