Fast forward to the start of Baltimore’s Organized Team Activities (OTAs), and Woodhead took the field for the team’s first practice.
“Yes, I’m back. No restrictions,” Woodhead said. “I’m just playing football now. I haven’t been thinking about needing to do stuff to rehab it because I’m healthy now. It’s exciting to get football going.”
Woodhead’s knee injury came on Sept. 18 last year in a home game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Thursday, April 6, 2017, 4:25pm
Michael Campanaro has shown in glimpses what he can do.
He’ll look to provide the Ravens an extended look in 2017.
Baltimore signed the wide receiver Thursday to a one-year contract worth up to $2 million. Campanaro was a restricted free agent on whom the Ravens placed a one-year original tender worth $1.79 million. This new deal is worth up to $2 million, featuring a $250,000 signing bonus and a $250,000 roster bonus, according to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun.
The New England Patriots announced the signing of the free agent running back, who joins the team after four seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. Burkhead represents the seventh addition to the Patriots' roster this offseason.
A former sixth-round pick out of Nebraska, Burkhead proved himself as a third option for the Bengals during his four years with the team. Burkhead rushed for 344 rushing yards and two touchdowns in 2016, despite sharing time with Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard. The running back also added 145 yards receiving out of the backfield.
The 26-year-old posted a breakout game against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 17, rushing for 119 yards on 27 carried to go along with two touchdowns.
With Giovani Bernard sidelined, Burkhead averaged 10.8 touches for 56 yards as the change-of-pace back. Then, in Week 17 with Jeremy Hill also out, Burkhead turned in an epic 29-touch, 144-yard, two-touchdown effort against the Ravens. As a junior at Nebraska, Burkhead rushed for 1,357 yards and scored 17 total touchdowns. Burkhead is similar in skillset to Dion Lewis and James White, though he's bigger. Even though LeGarrette Blount is 40 lbs heavier, Burkhead could assume some of Blount's work on early downs.
Well, this puts a dent in Kenneth Dixon's budding value. Woodhead is an elite pass-catcher and an underrated runner. He's likely to form a committee with Dixon, who will serve as the team's primary back. Both players look like PPR RB2/RB3 types at this point. The signing is good news for Melvin Gordon, who will have virtually no competition for touches. It's also good for C.J. Anderson, since it was rumored that the Broncos were interested in reuniting Woodhead with OC Mike McCoy.
The Washington Redskins have promoted Matt Cavanaugh to offensive coordinator, the team announced on Monday. Additionally, the Redskins have hired Kevin O'Connell to be the team's next quarterbacks coach.
Prior to joining the Redskins’ coaching staff in 2015, Cavanaugh was previously quarterbacks coach for the Arizona Cardinals (1994-95), quarterbacks coach for the San Francisco 49ers (1996), offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears (1997-98), offensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens (1999-04), quarterbacks coach for the New York Jets (2009-12) and quarterbacks coach for the Chicago Bears (2013-14).
In eight seasons as an offensive coordinator, Cavanaugh's offenses have never finished higher than 14th in yards gained, with an average ranking of 21.3.
Frazier has 12 years of experience as a defensive coordinator or head coach. His best years were in Minnesota when he guided the defense to a top eight finish in yards allowed in three straight seasons (2008-2010).
"This is to notify you that as of today, I, Steve Smith Sr., will no longer be antagonizing defensive backs. I am retiring from the National Football League."
In his illustrious 16-year career, Smith made five Pro Bowls and was named First Team All-Pro twice. He is 12th in career receptions (1,031), 7th in receiving yards (14,731) and 26th in touchdowns (81). He will be missed.
"Marty believes in running the football, and I believe in running the football," Harbaugh said. "We have not run the football well enough or enough, really, for the last two years. That has to change, and I think it goes hand-in-hand with being good at it and doing it a lot more than we do it."
Dixon could be the back trending up the most here, and before he got hurt in the offseason, some who followed the team felt he'd eventually take over as the lead back in 2016. The Ravens never really trusted a rookie back to carry the load, but Dixon was certainly involved this season and has a chance to have a bigger role in 2017.
Related players: Jordan Reed
Reed said he was going to play through the shoulder injury in this must-win game for Washington. He struggled when we last saw him back in week 15 so he's a risky fantasy play. Vernon Davis should also be in the mix, but the Skins have - overall - seen a decrease in production from the TE position in recent weeks.
Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm
Bengals RB Jeremy Hill (knee, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 17. There’s no reason for Jeremy Hill to play other than to tough it out. The team promoted Tra Carson from the practice squad, so it looks like Rex Burkhead will serve as the lead back against the Ravens.
The IR designations of tight end Tyler Eifert (back) and left guard Clint Boling (shoulder), who both missed Saturday night’s game in Houston, leave two open spots on the 53-man roster for the game against the Ravens (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) at Paul Brown Stadium.
Both have been hurt for much of the year. Eifert didn’t play the first six games with torn ankle ligaments and a back issue.
It’s a tough break for Eifert. It means his break-out year of 2015 with 13 touchdown catches is bracketed by two seasons he missed 23 of 32 games with injury. He still has five TD catches in eight games this season, one behind club-leader Brandon LaFell’s six.
Related players: Steve L. Smith
Smith is a go today as expected. Like we pointed out this week, he hasn't cracked 60 yards receiving since Week 11.
Friday, December 23, 2016, 5:51pm
Friday, December 23, 2016, 5:51pm
Ravens WR Steve L Smith (thigh, questionable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 16. Smith is good to go to face the Steelers, though he hasn’t cracked 60 yards since Week 11.
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