Danny Woodhead Placed on IR; Campanaro fill-in ?
Ravens running back, Danny Woodhead was officially placed on injured reserve today with a hamstring injury that was projected to keep him out anywhere from 4-8 weeks. Woodhead isn’t eligible to return until week 11 against the Green Bay Packers, giving him plenty of time to recover and rehab one of the most unpredictable injuries. By moving him to injured reserve, that opened up a roster spot which the Ravens used by calling up former Bears running back, Jeremy Langford up from the practice squad. Jeremy Langford was a serviceable back in Chicago before injuring his ankle last season in week 3. After which, he was replaced by Jordan Howard and never got the starting job back. Langford was cut after week 4 of this year’s preseason and signed to the Ravens practice squad soon after.
By signing Langford, the Ravens now have a legit three headed attack in the running game reminiscent of the 2008 squad which featured Willie McGahee, Ray Rice, and LeRon McClain. But Woodhead is at his best in this passing game which isn’t easy to replace. In his last healthy season, in 2015, Woodhead had 80 receptions for 755 yards. Which is more than Terrence West, Buck Allen, and Jeremy Langfod combined. Which leads to a suggestion that’s been tossed around this week since learning the extent of Woodhead’s injury; Should the Ravens line up Michael Campanaro in the backfield in passing situations? Personally, I think it wouldn’t hurt to try it out. Even though we leaned on the running game heavily in week 1, the passing game wasn’t effective outside of Jeremy Maclin’s catch and run for a 48 yard touchdown. Campanaro is a trustworthy receiver who doesn’t get a lot of snaps anyway so why not utilize him out the backfield? He’s also a threat to run on outside handoffs and jet sweeps which can keep a defense off balance. Lastly, what better opportunity will there be to experiment this season than the one we have this week, an early season home game against the Cleveland Browns? So I say, look forward to seeing a heavy rotation at the running back position this week, and don’t be surprised if you see #12 in the backfield on a few plays.