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Mailbag: Can RB Buck Allen become a future starter for the Ravens?

It's that time to click open our weekend Baltimore Ravens mailbag ...


@jamisonhensley: Buck Allen has the potential to be a starting running back in the league. The reason is his ability to catch the ball as well as run it. In Marc Trestman's offense, he wants running backs who can catch the ball. Matt Forte caught 176 passes in two seasons under Trestman. But expectations have to be tempered. Allen isn't a ready-to-go prospect like Todd Gurley or Melvin Gordon. He'll likely be a situational player this season, and the Ravens will expand his role next year based on how he fares as a rookie.


@jamisonhensley: The Ravens have put themselves in position to do so with what they've done in the draft and the free-agent additions to the secondary (safety Kendrick Lewis and nickelback Kyle Arrington). Owner Steve Bisciotti mentioned at the "State of the Ravens" news conference that the reason why Joe Flacco has won so many road playoff games is because he has so many opportunities to do so. His point: The Ravens need to play more home games. And, as history shows, the Ravens tend to listen when Bisciotti speaks.


@jamisonhensley: General manager Ozzie Newsome once again mentioned that the top candidates for extensions are guard Marshal Yanda and kicker Justin Tucker. But, for the first time, you could sense that Newsome is losing some patience. On Tuesday, he said that the team will move on to its next targeted player if extensions can't be reached with Yanda and Tucker. The next man up on that list should be guard Kelechi Osemele.


@jamisonhensley: Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti wants to see his team play in London as long as it doesn't cost Baltimore a home game. He said there is a 75 percent to 80 percent chance the Ravens will play overseas over the next four seasons. That sounds right when you consider the Ravens are one of 12 teams who haven't played in London.