Chargers like what they have in Woodhead

Chargers like what they have in Woodhead
May 2, 2013, 11:00 am
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Many of Danny Woodhead’s contributions to the Patriots were subtle.
 
Pass protection. Pre-snap adjustments. A comprehensive understanding of down, distance and time-of-game situations.
 
In the 2011 Super Bowl against the Giants, Woodhead’s stat line – four catches for 42 yards and a touchdown, seven carries for 18 yards – looks pedestrian. But he may have been the Patriots most consistent offensive player that day because of the significance of the plays he made on a day when the Patriots needed a play-maker.
 
Woodhead’s Patriots run is over now, though. He signed with the Chargers as a free agent and Chargers GM Tom Telesco, a former Colts executive, is giddy about that.
 
Saying Woodhead has some “magic” in him and lamenting the way Woodhead always made big plays against Indy, Telesco indicated Woodhead would have a vital role with the Chargers.
 
As a poor man’s Darren Sproles – or Kevin Faulk – a player like Woodhead is the type who can win you games with the little things. A heady blitz-pickup. A third-and-6 conversion that shouldn’t happen but does because of his creativity.
 
The Patriots have been accustomed to having a player with a little “magic” in him, whether it be Danny Woodhead, Wes Welker, Kevin Faulk or Troy Brown. 

Over the next few months, the heir apparent to Woodhead should reveal himself. Right now, though, who it will be – Shane Vereen, Josh Boyce, T.J. Moe – isn’t apparent.