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New Orleans Saints add running back Javorius Allen

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Saints add a Buck to their backfield riches.

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According to Field Yates of E.S.P.N., and confirmed by multiple sources, the New Orleans Saints have agreed to a contract with former Baltimore Ravens running back Javorius "Buck" Allen on Tuesday afternoon.

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The 6'0 218-lb. Allen had spent all four of his NFL seasons with Baltimore after being selected in the 4th round of the 2015 draft out of U.S.C. He rushed for 1,249 yards and 8 touchdowns in his four years as a Raven, averaging 3.7 yards per carry. Allen's best year was in 2017, when he rushed for 591 yards and 4 scores, good for second best on the team. Allen is also an accomplished receiver out of the backfield, catching 129 career passes for 814 yards and six scores, averaging 6.3 yards per reception. Allen became a free agent at the end of the '18 season, a year where he had just 306 yards from scrimmage, but did score five touchdowns.

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Allen will presumably back up New Orleans running backs Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray. He has proven to be an effective runner between the tackles in spot start duty, and should also be an effective receiving weapon for quarterback Drew Brees when called upon. He will compete with Dwayne Washington and rookie free agent Devine Ozigbo through preseason, hoping to fortify the Saints depth at running back.