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Danny Woodhead says he can be same playmaker after last year's ACL tear

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- New Baltimore Ravens running back Danny Woodhead was asked the other day how his surgically repaired right knee was feeling.

Woodhead indicated that his signing of a three-year deal with the Ravens on Thursday shows his level of confidence after tearing his ACL in Week 2 last season.

"I wasn't going to come back if I couldn't do what I can do," Woodhead said at Friday's introductory news conference. "I wanted to be able to be the player that I've always been, that I've been the last two or three years. I believe I am. Otherwise, I wouldn't try to come back. I'm an all-or-nothing person. That's what they're going to get here -- all of me."

In 2015, the year before his season-ending knee injury, Woodhead was a difference-maker in the Chargers offense, setting career highs in yards from scrimmage (1,091) and touchdowns (nine). He also led all NFL running backs with 80 receptions, 755 receiving yards and six touchdown catches.

Coach John Harbaugh noted that the addition of Woodhead addresses the Ravens' need for a playmaker on offense. He pointed out how Woodhead can run the ball, catch passes, pass-protect and line up outside as a receiver.

"Playmakers come in all kind of different styles," Harbaugh said. "I think Danny's style is really unique. Those are the kind of weapons that we need to move the chains and score points."

Bringing in Woodhead appeared timely because it was announced Thursday that Kenneth Dixon was suspended for four games after violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. But general manager Ozzie Newsome, who acknowledged that he's known about Dixon's situation for "a long time," said the Ravens would have signed Woodhead even if Dixon hadn't been disciplined.

"We needed to add another element to our offense, and Danny brings that," Newsome said.

Woodhead, 32, is one of four players to produce at least 15 rushing touchdowns and 15 touchdown catches since he entered the NFL in 2009. The others are Jamaal Charles, Matt Forte and Darren Sproles.

He reportedly chose the Ravens over the Broncos and a return to the Chargers. Asked why he went with Baltimore, Woodhead suggested his 2-4 record against the Ravens and a painful 2012 playoff loss influenced his decision.

"I wanted to come here because I believe in what this organization believes in and that's winning," Woodhead said. "I hated these guys when I was in New England and lost the AFC Championship Game. And usually those are the teams that you want to play for."