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PLAYER PROFILE: Kenneth Dixon (Zig While Others Zag)

There really isn’t much of a surprise to this week’s hot waiver wire add. The Chicago running situation was a mess, but Jeremy Langford‘s injury helped sort that out. At least for the next 4-6 weeks it’s Jordan Howard’s show. It makes perfect sense for him to be the priority add this week. Problem is, there was a good argument it should have happened last week. I had a few questions about him and I wasn’t ready to commit to the move despite having no faith in Langford. The result? Since I passed on him and didn’t have waiver priority, he wasn’t an option this week. How do you solve this problem? Be proactive.

Enter, Kenneth Dixon. It’s not a mirror image to Howard’s situation as Dixon hasn’t even been practicing since August’s MCL injury, but there are comparisons. The Baltimore run game is an unmitigated disaster. The current options have put forth the following numbers over the first three weeks

Justin Forsett – 31 carries, 98 rush yards; 11 receptions, 36 receiving yards, 0 TD.

Terrance West – 33 carries, 119 rush yards; 4 receptions, 29 receiving yards, 0 TD.

It doesn’t take a math major to analyze those results. Baltimore is looking for more from its backs. With Javorius Allen and Lorenzo Taliaferro not even touching the ball despite the lack of productivity from their competition, a golden opportunity awaits Dixon, who just returned to practice this week. Is he a rookie? Yes. Was he at least a high draft pick? Unfortunately, no. So, he hasn’t proven anything nor does the team have any sort of commitment to him? Correct. Then why am I adding him? So you don’t have to rely on waiver priority next week!

Dixon was not a great back in college, but he was very good. Most importantly, he was very good at everything. There isn’t a pass game learning curve and there isn’t a weakness in his run game either. Just review the below:

@MattBowen41 Apr 30 RB Kenneth Dixon…Power, quicks & receiving skills. He has some burst too. Impressive week at Senior Bowl workouts. #Ravens

@nfldraftscout Jun 6 Won’t be surprised if Kenneth Dixon is getting the majority of snaps in Baltimore by season’s end. #Ravens got a steal. Great receiver

@Ourlads_Shonka Apr 30 #KennethDixon RB taken in the right area #Ravens#goodpick Excellent hands, slippery tackle to tackle runner.

@PFF_Jordan Apr 26 Louisiana Tech’s Kenneth Dixon is the running back I would target in this class outside of Round 1. He’s elusive and an excellent receiver.

Still not sold? OK, one more.

Here’s an analysis by Matt Waldman.

You may want to pop some popcorn before you delve into that one though; it’s well worth your time. Now, go add him before he becomes next week’s Jordan Howard.

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