Danny Woodhead has signed a two-year deal with the San Diego Chargers. Between Stevan Ridley, Brandon Bolden, Shane Vereen and now Leon Washington (to an extent), there wasn’t an overwhelming need to bring Woodhead back to New England, though he was arguable the Patriots most reliable runningback in 2012. He was a fun player to watch, and the great heart he played with will be missed.
Overall, since the start of the 2010 season, Woodhead has caught 92 passes for New England on 130 targets, a 71 percent rate. Combine that with one lost fumble in 365 touches since he arrived in the NFL prior to the start of the 2009 season, and it’s easy to see why he’s made his bones as a part of the Patriots’ offense.
Lots of great discussion this morning with some knowledgeable Pats fans on Twitter about the fate of Danny Woodhead. The Pats have a plethora of young running backs, but Woodhead is definitely the most reliable and experienced. If they re-sign him how does it affect Shane Vereen, Brandon Bolden and Jeff Demps? Ridley’s got a firm spot but there are some interesting trickle down effects if Woodhead returns.
Wouldn’t be surprised to see Shane Vereen traded or for him or Demps to end up a camp casualty.
I remember his first game against – we played Buffalo at home. I think it was the third game of the season. He had a similar-type run play for a touchdown. We kind of joked on the sideline, (former offensive coordinator) Billy (O’Brien) and I, we kind of said, ‘The legend is born.’ We saw him that week in practice, what he was capable of doing, and said, ‘Why did the Jets release that guy?’ They had him playing receiver and he was a running back in college.
I’m not sure if we should even pick a Player of the Week after that performance against the Bills, but let’s give it to Danny Woodhead and his two touchdowns. It’s nice to see Woody bouncing back after a down season in 2011 where he was reportedly fighting to get healthy for much of the year.
Woodhead continues to be a great weapon, especially in space, and a nice change of pace from the slashing ways of Stevan Ridley.