Joe Flacco: Danny Woodhead gives Ravens missing receiving threat

From ESPN - July 17, 2017

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Danny Woodhead looked elusive as ever during the Baltimore Ravens' offseason, when he caught a pass in the red zone and used a stutter-step to fake out Kamalei Correa so badly the linebacker fell to the ground.

While the Ravens are excited about what their new weapon can do after the reception, everyone has been more impressed with what Woodhead has done before the catch.

"Really, ever since we lost Ray Rice, we have not had a type of back thats quite like how Ray was and quite like how Danny is in the passing game," quarterback Joe Flacco said. "They just have a very good feel for when they are open and how to get open, how to sit in holes, how to find my eyes, and you can already see that. You can see he has a really good feel for those kinds of things. If you remember back, obviously, Ray was really good at doing that, and that gives a lot to your offense for sure."

From 2009-13, no running back caught more passes than Rice, who averaged 67 receptions during that span. Over the past three seasons, no Baltimore running back has totaled more than 45 catches.

This is why the Ravens were so aggressive in going after Woodhead, making him their first free-agent addition on offense. Baltimore signed Woodhead to a three-year, $8.8 million deal, and reportedly beat out the Denver Broncos and Los Angeles Chargers for the 32-year-old.

Woodhead is expected to play a big role in the Ravens' passing game because two of Flacco's top underneath targets are gone. Tight end Dennis Pitta was released after re-injuring his right hip, and fullback Kyle Juszczyk signed with the San Francisco 49ers in free agency.

More than being a much-needed asset for Flacco, Woodhead has become a teaching tool for younger Ravens backs such as Terrance West and Kenneth Dixon.


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