Baltimore Ravens: Offensive Player Spotlight – Danny Woodhead
The offensive player spotlight is free agent acquisition Danny Woodhead, the veteran running back out of Chadron State. The former Los Angeles Charger can be a really good scat back as a receiver on a team that is well known for throwing to running backs in the offense. Marty Mornhinweg’s offensive system will fit Woodhead well and he will play a big role in the offense in 2017.
In 2015, when he was healthy with the Chargers, he was the eighth best running back yards per route (https://www.profootballfocus.com/news/pro-danny-woodhead-in-otas-with-no-restrictions). During that season, he had 755 yards and 6 touchdowns receiving for the Chargers.
If Woodhead stays healthy, he will be a versatile weapon as a receiving back and change of pace back as well. As a pass catcher behind the backfield and in the slot according to Pro Football Focus, he had the highest percentage of yards in the air among top-20 running backs since 2007 (https://twitter.com/PFF_Fantasy/status/866609902059474945/photo/1).
In 2015, Woodhead had a 69.2-yard percentage and in 2013, he had a 58.67-yard percentage.
Now with Kenneth Dixon gone for the year with a torn meniscus, Woodhead will be heavily featured in the offense as a pass catcher, especially coming off a torn ACL last year and now he is practicing with no restrictions.
Even Joe Flacco acknowledged that they haven’t had a pass catching threat like Woodhead since Ray Rice as a running back. As a veteran player at age 32, Woodhead will become a good leader like Eric Weddle for the running back group and for the team in general.
He can be one of more underrated free agent signings of this off season as a playmaker on offense. A combination of West as the primary back and Danny Woodhead as the 3rd down/ receiving back could help improve the run game from last year. A running game that often found itself looking for ways to gain yards.