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Baltimore: Could 2017 be Danny Woodhead’s Best Season Yet?

July 26, 2017 • Ben Heck • AFC, AFC North, Baltimore Ravens, Features, Front Page

It’s a bold question to ask.

Danny Woodhead, a 32-year-old running back coming off a torn ACL a season ago, signed a three-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens this off-season. Although he tore his ACL in Week 2 0f last year, he appears to be pretty confident that he can produce at a high-level this season.

Now that the recent news of Kenneth Dixon’s season-ending knee injury has been publicized, it appears as though Woodhead will get the opportunity to see a hefty load of touches in Joe Flacco’s offense this season.

He’ll join Lorenzo Taliaferro and Terrance West to form a three-headed monster in Baltimore’s backfield, but given his pass-catching ability (80 catches for San Diego in 2015), Woodhead is bound to see ample targets from Flacco out of the backfield.

The 5’8″/200-pound running back has never seen more than 106 carries in a single season over his eight-year pro football career, but given Taliaferro has 82 total rushes over his three-year career Woodhead could easily become the No. 2 back behind West (193 carries, 774 yards, 5 TD in 2016).

Honestly, I can easily see a healthy Woodhead, despite being 32, receiving 150+ carries out of the backfield in 2017. This would also mean he’d see plenty of targets thrown his way. Another 50+ catch season seems plausible for Woodhead as long as he stays healthy and turns into the No. 2 option behind West.

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