The free-agency period has been good one way or another for every NFL team. Hence, it’s time to take a look at the positives in our newest series for End Zone Score. Which newcomer to the club was the franchise’s best offseason move and why? We got things started with the 2016 last-place teams in the eight divisions. You can get caught up on the entire series by clicking right here. Now we are onto the clubs that finished third. And that means the Baltimore Ravens are in the spotlight.
In recent seasons, the Baltimore Ravens’ running attack has almost been an afterthought. It may have been a lack of talent or the designs of the various offensive coordinators with the team. But John Harbaugh’s squad has lacked balance dating back to the 2013 season. The Ravens have ranked 30th, eighth (under Gary Kubiak), 26th and 28th, respectively, in rushing offense these past four seasons.
In 2016, Terrance West led the club with 774 yards (5 touchdowns) on the ground. That was followed by rookie Kenneth Dixon (382). But no other player on the club managed at least 100 yards rushing and Baltimore ran for a mere 91.4 yards per game.
Regardless if West, Dixon (suspended the first 4 games of the season) or even Lorenzo Taliaferro and/or Javorius Allen are anointed the starter, free-agent addition Danny Woodhead gives quarterback Joe Flacco and the offense numerous options. He’s not only a savvy runner but one of the better pass-catching players at his position. This already figures to a be a new-look passing attack with the retirement of Steve Smith Sr. and Kamar Aiken’s free-agent departure (Indianapolis Colts). Woodhead can not only spell the running backs but make life easier for tight end Dennis Pitta, who led the team with 86 catches last year.
The Baltimore Ravens did not make a lot of moves in free agency, but adding this versatile player ranks at the top of the short list.