Ravens beat Colts: 4 things to like from preseason victory
3. Running the football was no problem
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Alex Collins did not get into the action, but that’s probably because the Ravens didn’t need to see anything from him in an exhibition game. It was a big night for Kenneth Dixon, who got his first taste of the 2018 preseason. Dixon had six carries for 32 yards, averaging 5.3 yards per attempt. He also had three receptions for 24 yards. At full strength, Dixon showed quickness and the quick acceleration that got fans excited about him from the beginning. Dixon had missed the first two preseason games and a bad night would not have gone well for him. Dixon needed to show that he was the best running back on the roster not named Collins or Allen. He made a strong case for that against the Colts.
Buck Allen had 19 yards on three carries. Gus Edwards got the most work and managed to get a tough 43 yards on 15 carries. Mark Thompson had a couple of good runs, including one where he bounced the ball outside for a first down. The Ravens rushing attack was strong in this game. There was a lot to like about the Ravens ability to churn out yards on the ground.
The blocking up front was very encouraging. Nick Boyle had a really impressive block on a running play. Hayden Hurst blocked well and Orlando Brown Jr. had a play where he leveled a linebacker in the second level of the defense.