With the NFL free agency market opening soon, let’s take a look at how the Raven’s free agents they signed in 2017 performed in their first year with the Ravens. The three most notable offensive offseason moves in 2017 by the Ravens were signing Jeremy Maclin, Danny Woodhead, and Alex Collins.
WR Jeremy Maclin: D+
On June 13th, 2017 the Ravens signed veteran wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, in a move that got many fans excited about what he would do for the team. But, Maclin’s performance was far away from the expectations people had for him.
Maclin had the worst year of his career, as he finished the 2017 season with 40 catches, for 440 yards, and only three touchdowns. That is a career low for yards and receptions for Maclin while he had the second-lowest touchdown production of his career in 2017.
Blame on whatever you choose, Flacco not playing in the preseason, Maclin’s old age, or shoulder injuries, Maclin just simply did not play well enough earning him a D+ grade for his first year with the Ravens.
RB Danny Woodhead: D
This poor grade is more so due to lack of time from Woodhead due to injury. But, based on team contributions Woodhead did not achieve success in 2017 with the Ravens.
Woodhead finished with only 56 yards the entire season rushing but found success later in the season in the receiving game being Joe Flacco’s check-down target picking up 200 yards on 33 receptions. Woodhead also did not get into the end zone once the entire season.
Now coming off a lackluster season and the Ravens having extreme depth in the running, and the fact that Woodhead will be 33 soon it may be time for the Ravens to reevaluate their plans for Woodhead after just one season.
RB Alex Collins: A
Although Alex Collins was signed in the middle of the season. There was a need to include him because he was technically a free agent signing and because of his tremendous success.
Collins dominated all year, finishing with 973 yards and 6 touchdowns on the ground while also picking up 187 yards in the passing game. Collins even got named the highest graded second year running back by Pro Football Focus with a great grade of 87.6, and doing all of this while getting paid less than Maclin and Woodhead!
The top graded second year running backs in the NFL! pic.twitter.com/GUK7YpQ4mD
— PFF (@PFF) January 31, 2018