Ravens running back Javorius Allen said 'it felt amazing' to be active

"I think we had holding on like 75 percent of our drives," said quarterback Joe Flacco when asked about how tough it was with all the pressure Oakland brought. "I saw a couple of them on the big [board]." (Kevin Richardson/Baltimore Sun video)
Last season, Javorius "Buck" Allen was the Ravens’ second-best running back, replacing Justin Forsett after he broke his arm and rushing for 514 yards and one touchdown on 137 carries.

This fall, the fourth-round pick of the 2015 NFL draft not only found himself on the bench, but had been deactivated for the team’s first three games. That’s why the second-year pro was thrilled after playing in Sunday’s 28-27 loss to the Oakland Raiders at M&T Bank Stadium.

“It felt amazing,” he said. “Being inactive for the first three games makes you think about it a lot and makes you think about all of those little things that you appreciate in life. Also, it made me think about all the things I went through to get here, and I never want to put that feeling on anyone."

As bewildering as the inactive label was for Allen, he said it did not cause him to doubt himself.

With Forsett taking a seat Sunday, Allen backed up starter Terrance West (Northwestern High, Towson University), and gained 13 yards on three attempts. Allen also caught two passes for 15 yards – both of which earned first downs.

Maybe it’s because of the three-game layoff, but Allen said he is ready to do more.

“I feel like I’m better than last year,” he said. “I always work to improve and whenever I touch the ball and whenever I have a play, I’m going to make the best of it.”

Coach John Harbaugh said Allen had earned the right to be active.

“The thought there was to give Buck a chance,” Harbaugh said. “He’s been working hard and he’s a talented guy and give him a chance to see to get in there and see what he can do.”

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