Kalen Ballage

Kalen Ballage

26-Year-Old Running BackRB
Pittsburgh Steelers
2021 Fantasy Outlook
If any player deserves the back-handed compliment of being called a "workout warrior," it's Ballage. Dating to his college days at Arizona State he has looked the part of a lead back, filling out a jersey nicely and testing well off the field, but once the pads go on he mostly fades into the grass. That athletic potential has kept him employed despite a miserable 3.1 YPC in his career, with the Steelers being the fourth team in four years to give him a chance. They certainly aren't putting all their eggs in his basket, though, as first-round pick Najee Harris is ticketed for the lead role, while Benny Snell and Anthony McFarland remain on the roster as backups. Ballage is at least one or two injuries away from regular work. Read Past Outlooks
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#236.11
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Steelers in March of 2021.
Minimal work in finale
RBPittsburgh Steelers
January 10, 2022
Ballage rushed once for zero yards in Sunday's 16-13 OT win over the Ravens.
ANALYSIS
Although Najee Harris sustained an elbow injury on the team's first drive Sunday, Ballage was on the field for just seven offensive snaps. Instead, most of the backfield duties went to Benny Snell before Harris returned to the field. Ballage appeared in every game during the regular season and rushed 12 times for 36 yards while securing two of seven targets for eight yards. He's slated to become an unrestricted free agent during the offseason after signing a one-year deal with the Steelers in March.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Kalen Ballage's 2021 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Broken Tackle %
8.3%
 
Positive Run %
66.7%
 
% Yds After Contact
91.7%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.8
 
Rushing TD %
0.0%
 
Touches Per Game
0.8
 
% Snaps w/Touch
23.0%
 
Air Yards Per Game
0.2
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.07
 
% Team Air Yards
0.1%
 
% Team Targets
1.1%
 
Avg Depth of Target
0.6 Yds
 
Catch Rate
28.6%
 
Drop Rate
28.6%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
4.0
 
% Targeted On Route
20.0%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
0.23
 
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Kalen Ballage's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
* The 40-Yard Dash, and Shuttle Time metrics are from his Pro Day. All others are from the NFL Combine.
Height
6' 2"
 
Weight
231 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash*
4.44 sec
 
Shuttle Time*
4.20 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.91 sec
 
Vertical Jump
33.5 in
 
Broad Jump
122 in
 
Bench Press
15 reps
 
Hand Length
9.50 in
 
Arm Length
32.75 in
 
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73 days ago
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2018
Despite boasting all the athletic tools desirable in a workhorse running back, including blazing speed and imposing size, Ballage proved to be Miami's least effective backfield weapon in 2019. He averaged an abysmal 1.8 yards on 74 carries and 2.6 yards on 24 targets, the lowest marks of any of the team's running back options. After having failed to look like a competent ballcarrier in his sophomore season, the Dolphins elected to part ways with Ballage midway through training camp.
Stuck behind Kenyan Drake and Frank Gore, Ballage was basically invisible to begin his rookie season, seeing most of his action on special teams and not playing more than eight offensive snaps in a game until Week 15, when Gore got hurt in the first quarter. Ballage immediately seized his opportunity, erupting for 123 yards and a TD on only 12 carries. The Arizona State product fizzled the final two weeks, but that performance was enough for Miami to let Gore walk in free agency and head into 2019 with Ballage poised for a much larger role. Athletically, he has all the tools you want in a feature back, and his wheels in the open field are elite --- on his 75-yard TD run against Minnesota he topped out at 21.87 mph, the seventh-fastest speed recorded in the league last year. Ballage never really put everything together in college, though, and one good week in the pros does not a career make. With Drake at the top of the depth chart, the second-year back's workload is no sure thing, but new offensive coordinator Chad O'Shea's background under Bill Belichick hints at a backfield committee. The team didn't bring in much competition in the draft or free agency, so Ballage should get every opportunity to demonstrate he can handle more snaps, especially after Drake suffered a foot injury in mid-August.
Ballage looks the part of a future NFL feature back before the pads come on. At an imposing 6-1, 228, the Arizona State product ran a 4.46 40-yard dash at the combine, and his athleticism was on full display as a junior when he exploded for an FBS single-game record eight TDs against Texas Tech. Despite his gifts, Ballage fell to the fourth round in the 2018 draft due to his inability to put everything together. He doesn't run with as much power as his frame or gym strength would suggest, and despite his impressive straight-line speed he lacks the elusiveness or vision to get into the open field to use it. He does have some skills as a receiver and a return man, and that might be where he makes his mark as a rookie working behind Kenyan Drake. The Dolphins also signed 35-year-old Frank Gore to compete for backup work, but he's unlikely to play beyond 2018.
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Racks up 21 rushing yards
RBPittsburgh Steelers
November 29, 2021
Ballage recorded three carries for 21 yards while securing one of two targets for six yards in Sunday's 41-10 loss to the Bengals.
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Logs three yards in Week 11
RBPittsburgh Steelers
November 22, 2021
Ballage recorded one carry for three yards while failing to haul in his lone target in Sunday's 41-37 loss to the Chargers.
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Totals two yards against Chicago
RBPittsburgh Steelers
November 9, 2021
Ballage secured his lone target for two yards in Monday's 29-27 win over the Bears.
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Minimal role against Browns
RBPittsburgh Steelers
November 1, 2021
Ballage rushed once for minus-3 yards in Sunday's 15-10 win over Cleveland.
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Limited playing time in OT win
RBPittsburgh Steelers
October 18, 2021
Ballage recorded two carries for 15 yards in Sunday's 23-20 overtime win over the Seahawks.
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