Woodhead marveled with the amount of passes he caught during minicamp, Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun reports.
Woodhead, who has caught at least 75 passes in last two healthy seasons, is well-known as a receiving threat, but coming off last year's Week 2 torn ACL and a change in teams, it's still impressive that he's already establishing himself in Baltimore. In fact, since Kenneth Dixon (suspension) will miss the first four games and Terrence West boasts 49 career receptions, Woodhead could be an immediate contributor this season. The 32-year-old has been cleared to run routes for nearly four months now, so he should be firing on all cylinders once the season kicks off, and if minicamp reports are any indication, that should result in significant PPR value out of the backfield.
Woodhead has reportedly been running routes for three months already, and the 32-year-old feels solid after months of recuperation. He'll be part of a crowded running-back crew that includes Terrance West and Kenneth Dixon (suspension), but Woodhead's versatility figures to be used as a weapon out of the backfield or even in the slot.
This signing might have seemed a bit surprising at first glance, but it made a lot more sense once the Ravens announced that Kenneth Dixon will be suspended for the first four games of the 2017 season. Dixon's backfield mate, Terrance West, isn't much of a pass catcher, so Woodhead is a sensible addition to the Baltimore backfield. It's still surprising to see the 33-year-old get a three-year contract while recovering from a torn ACL, but the structure of the deal probably limits Baltimore's investment beyond the first season. Assuming Woodhead makes a full recovery from the injury he suffered in Week 2, he should be a valuable target for Joe Flacco on check-downs. Woodhead said Friday that his knee feels great, adding that he'd only continue playing if he knew he could be the same player he was in past years, according to ESPN's Jamison Hensley.
The pass-catching specialist spent most of 2016 on the mend following a Week 2 tear of his ACL, but Rapoport indicates he's fully recovered from the issue. San Diego offered Woodhead a contract, but it appears he will find a role with a Baltimore squad that has no true lead back at this point. While it's unlikely the 33-year-old will head the Ravens' backfield, he could see plenty of action in the passing game and thus offer utility in PPR leagues.
Woodhead has been extended a contract offer, his agent Chris Gittings of OneWest Sports confirmed to Michael Gehlken on Thursday.
It makes sense that the Chargers would be aggressive in bringing back Woodhead as the diminutive running back has been a staple of the offense when healthy. It's the "when healthy" that has given some pause for concern, as Woodhead has missed 27 games in four years with the Chargers, including 14 last year after tearing his ACL. Given his age and injury history, it doesn't seem likely the Chargers will bring Woodhead back on a long-term contract, but that shouldn't dissuade fantasy owners from drafting the 33-year-old next season, especially in PPR leagues.
|P2||8/17/17||@ MIA||7:00 pm|
|P4||8/31/17||@ NO||8:00 pm|
|1||9/10/17||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|3||9/24/17||@ JAC||9:30 am|
|5||10/8/17||@ OAK||4:05 pm|
|7||10/22/17||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|9||11/5/17||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 10|
|11||11/19/17||@ GB||1:00 pm|
|14||12/10/17||@ PIT||8:30 pm|
|15||12/17/17||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
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|2009||New York Jets||10||0||15||64||4.3||16||0||0||2|
|2010||New England Patriots||14||3||97||547||5.6||36||5||3||23|
|2010||New York Jets||1||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2011||New England Patriots||15||4||77||351||4.6||12||1||0||18|
|2012||New England Patriots||16||2||76||301||4.0||19||4||0||19|
|2008||New York Jets||0||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0|
|2009||New York Jets||10||0||8||87||10.9||24||0||1||0||4|
|2010||New England Patriots||14||3||34||379||11.1||50||1||3||1||15|
|2010||New York Jets||1||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0|
|2011||New England Patriots||15||4||18||157||8.7||16||0||0||0||8|
|2012||New England Patriots||16||2||40||446||11.2||25||3||7||0||22|
|2008||New York Jets||0||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2009||New York Jets||10||1||16||16.0||16||0||0|
|2010||New England Patriots||14||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2010||New York Jets||1||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2011||New England Patriots||15||20||437||21.9||37||0||0|
|2012||New England Patriots||16||2||43||21.5||23||0||0|
|2008||New York Jets||0||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2009||New York Jets||10||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2010||New England Patriots||14||9||9.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2010||New York Jets||1||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2011||New England Patriots||15||7||5.0||2||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2012||New England Patriots||16||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2009||New York Jets||10||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2010||New England Patriots||14||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2010||New York Jets||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2011||New England Patriots||15||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2012||New England Patriots||16||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|