San Diego reaches 2 year deal with RB Woodhead


The San Diego Chargers have signed former New England Patriots running back, Danny Woodhead.  Making newly arrived GM Tom Telesco ecstatic. Telesco says Woodhead is a “dynamic runner in space” and an “underrated” pass blocker. Woodhead feels the same way about becoming a Charger.

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Tom Telesco said that they are looking for playmakers to fill the roster. “He’s one of those guys that when the ball gets in his hands, he’s got some magic to him,” Telesco said. He also says that there will be certain packages and plays for their new “playmaker”.

He certainly proved he was a playmaker in New England.

Danny was New England’s second leading rusher with 301 yards, and four TD’s on 76 carries. He also caught 40 passes for 446 yards and three TD’s. Pro Football Focus ranked Woodhead the 10th best running back in the league.

But as the season went on and Shane Vereen got more and more touches, many wondered if Woodhead would stay with the Patriots or leave. The signing of Leon Washington earlier during offseason also seemed to affect the 28 year old’s decision. He came to the conclusion to sign with the San Diego Chargers.

During the 2012-2013 season the Chargers struggled to get any kind of a running game. They averaged just over 91 rushing yards per game. Which ranked them 27th in the league in rushing yards per game. They did even worse in yards per rush, ranked 31st with a measly 3.6 yards per rush. During 2010 Woodhead averaged better than the whole entire Charger team. He averaged an impressive 5.6 yards per carry with New England. The Chargers hope he can help them in the run game as well as in the passing game.

Many are comparing Woodhead to former Charger Darren Sproles. Woodhead and Sproles stats are very similiar. Sproles averaged 249 carries, 1,154 rushing yards, and 2,551 yards from the line of scrimmage. With New England Woodhead averaged 250 carries, 1,199 rushing yards, and 2,181 yards from the line of scrimmage. The only major differences were rushing and receiving TD’s and receptions and reception yards.

San Diego has lacked contribution from a third-down back since they lost Darren Sproles during the 2011 free agency. He caught 104 passes from Philip Rivers and was a dependable third-down back.

Woodhead’s arrival makes him the running back who is categorized in the do-it-all section for the Chargers. That can line up in multiple positions on the field. He can line up in the back field or he can line up as a receiver. Woodhead runs very sharp routes. With his speed and his ability to lose defenders he is as much a threat in the passing game as he is in the running game.

He also figures in to be the main backup of starter Ryan Matthews. Matthews told NFL Network that he needs to “stop taking so many hits” to decrease the risk of injury. Woodhead will give Matthews a chance to take a breather, and let Matthews stay healthy by taking some of the load off of him.

Woodhead agreed to a 2 yr/ 6 million dollar contract with the San Diego Chargers, lasting through the end of the 2014-2015 NFL season.

 

 

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