RB Danny Woodhead - Free Agent
|5-7, 195||Born: 1-25-1985||College: Chadron State||Drafted: ---|
2017 Week 1 vs CIN (1 / 4 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 33 / 0 rec)
Danny Woodhead looked like he would be a staple in the Ravens offense until leaving the game with injury during the Ravens first possession. Woodhead made his first catch for a gain of 12 running a quick out route and out flanking his defender. Woodhead caught his second target lined up in the slot and matched up against a linebacker for a 13 yard gain. Woodhead picked up 8 more yards running another out route and converting a 3rd down in the red zone. Woodhead fell and clutched his hamstring running another route in the flat a few plays later. Woodhead was carted off the field and did not return.
2017 Week 11 vs GB (1 / 2 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 21 / 0 rec)
Danny Woodhead played a role as a pass catcher but was significantly behind Alex Collins in terms of usage. Woodhead made his first three catches over the middle underneath trying to exploit the Packer's linebackers in coverage. The most notable was a 7 yard gain to convert a 3rd and 6. Woodhead was not able to create yards after the catch as he was hit almost immediately upon making each catch. Woodhead's next catch was on a screen pass and he failed to follow his blockers resulting in a 1 yard gain.
2017 Week 12 vs HOU (4 / 22 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 23 / 0 rec)
Danny Woodhead has a firm hold on the role of pass catching running back over Allen and Collins. Woodhead takes a backseat to Collins when the Ravens need to run between the tackles. Woodhead will see more usage in games the Ravens are trailing. Woodhead found space underneath and picked up 11 yards on a check down. Woodhead found a crease to run through behind Austin Howard for a 10 yard gain in the two minute offense. Woodhead caught another dump off from Flacco for 10 yards.
2017 Week 13 vs DET (3 / 9 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
Danny Woodhead made his first catch coming out of halftime for 6 yards. Woodhead made a nice 8 yard catch on the sideline as Flacco escaped the pocket. Woodhead took a backseat to Alex Collins who played a great game and allowed the Ravens to control the second half. Expect Woodhead to have larger role in the offense when the Ravens are forced to play from behind.
2017 Week 14 vs PIT (2 / 7 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 29 / 0 rec)
Danny Woodhead was featured early but the Ravens turned to Alex Collins after two stalled possessions. Woodhead got behind Javon Hargrave as Joe Flacco scrambled and was rewarded with a 22 yard catch and run on 3rd and 8. Woodhead caught a screen pass for a 3 yard gain.
2017 Week 15 vs CLE (1 / 1 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 31 / 0 rec)
Danny Woodhead made his first catch over the middle for 6 yards. Woodhead made catches on consecutive plays for 2 and 7 yard gains. Woodhead made a 7 yard catch running a quick out route. Danny Woodhead made a 9 yard catch against man coverage to convert a 3rd down and short. Woodhead looked the most explosive he has looked since returning from injury.
2017 Week 16 vs IND (1 / 8 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 33 / 0 rec)
Woodhead made a handful of receptions, displaying impressive ability to adjust to the ball in flight. He was involved on third down, in the two minute drill and in obvious passing situations, but was the least used of the Ravens main three backs.
2017 Week 17 vs CIN (1 / 3 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 16 / 0 rec)
Woodhead was just a peripheral part of the offense, catching checkdowns and short passes that didn't have much impact.
2016 Week 1 vs KC (16 / 89 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 31 / 1 rec)
Woodhead had a very productive day carrying the ball 16 times for 89 yards and tacking on 5 catches for 31 yards and a touchdown. Woodhead had more touches than Gordon and was used in third down and clear passing situations throughout the game. Woodhead still figures to be the clear number two in the Chargers offense, but if he continues to produce you will see more of a split between him and Gordon with Woodhead being utilized as a pass catching option.
2016 Week 2 vs JAX (3 / 27 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Woodhead was on his way to, once again, destroying the Jaguars defense until a tackle made in the first half on a dumpoff pass lead to an injury that forced him out for the rest of the game.
2015 Week 1 vs DET (12 / 42 / 2 rush, 7 / 4 / 20 / 0 rec)
Woodhead looks fully recovered from last year's leg injury, and actually had 16 touches in this game as opposed to 17 for "starter" Melvin Gordon. Woodhead looks to have a regular role as the pass-catching back as well as getting most goal line duties. He converted two such goal line handoffs - once with a wide open lunge up the middle where he went in untouched, and once with a caravan of blockers escorting him in from a yard out, after a Stevie Johnson reception put the ball down on the 1-yard line. Interestingly, he came off the field for a third down play that put Melvin Gordon into the game.
2015 Week 2 vs CIN (7 / 36 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 68 / 0 rec)
Woodhead and Melvin Gordon shared the running back duties much as they did in Week 1. Woodhead played primarily on short yardage and passing downs, while Gordon handled the majority of the other carries. As usual, Woodhead did a tremendous job of squeezing every last yard out of each of his rushes and receptions. He does an outstanding job of reading his blocks and moves exceptionally well in tight spaces. He also constantly shows surprising power by keeping his feet moving and breaking tackles to consistently move the pile forward, and the San Diego rushing attack looks light years ahead of where they were at this point a year ago when both Ryan Mathews and Woodhead were injured and/or struggling.
2015 Week 3 vs MIN (5 / 11 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)
Woodhead started off the second series of the game, and played on most third down situations. Early on, he had a very nice 22-yard catch and run on a crossing route. The defender attempted to force a fumble from behind, but Woodhead covered up well. Despite the Chargers trailing throughout the afternoon, Woodhead wasn't able to make much of a dent in the stat sheet. That's normally when he does very well, because every play is conceivably a passing down which is Woodhead's specialty. With the Chargers suffering a couple of injuries to offensive lineman, the near future doesn't look very bright for anyone in the San Diego running game.
2015 Week 4 vs CLE (8 / 54 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 84 / 0 rec)
Woodhead had a monster game, and is right on the precipice of leading the running back committee for San Diego. While Melvin Gordon has more natural running ability, it's tough to deny who the more effective rusher has been so far through the first quarter of the season. Running against the same defense as Gordon and behind the same offensive line as Gordon, Woodhead gained 92 MORE yards from scrimmage on two less touches. Granted, Woodhead's day featured a 61-yard catch and run, but even WITHOUT his biggest play of the day, Woodhead still badly out-produced Gordon. Perhaps most importantly, when the game was on the line late in the fourth quarter, it was Woodhead and not Gordon who saw all of the action. As usual, Woodhead did a terrific job of making defenders miss nearly every time he made a reception or took a handoff out of the backfield. Now it should be noted that part of the positive yardage in this game was due to the Cleveland defense being fooled, as he often had a ton of running room without a defender anywhere near him. In the second half, he took a short dumpoff out of the backfield, followed a block downfield by Dontrelle Inman, and was off to the races for 61 yards. On the eventual game-winning drive, Woodhead had four of the team's six offensive touches, totaling 28 yards in the process (including a 19-yard run up the gut that put the team in field goal range).
2015 Week 5 vs PIT (4 / 10 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 66 / 0 rec)
Woodhead was minimally as a runner, but looked explosive on his targets. The Chargers offense didn't spend much time in the red zone, where Woodhead is heavily used and at his most dangerous.
2015 Week 6 vs GB (7 / 8 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 63 / 0 rec)
Woodhead didn't get a ton of action in the early going, as Melvin Gordon dominated some of the early rushing work and then the team fell behind by a large margin. But when he did get work, he turned third downs into first downs and moved the chains far better than Gordon did. In this game, Gordon fumbled the ball twice, resulting in a larger share of the workload for both Woodhead and Branden Oliver. One would assume that Gordon will get his regular workload back next week, assuming he can get the fumbling issues under control. As for Woodhead's performance in this one, it's sort of a double-edged sword. On the one hand, the Chargers got the ball to the 5-yard line late in the game and had a perfect setup with 1st down and goal to go. And they trusted Woodhead enough to give him two handoffs and one passing target through the air, out of the four plays they ran. But on the other hand, not one of those three plays resulted in a touchdown. So while the activity is nice, the end result left quite a bit to be desired.
2015 Week 7 vs OAK (5 / 26 / 0 rush, 12 / 11 / 75 / 2 rec)
Near the end of the third quarter, Woodhead had only played sparingly and had done less than just about every other skill position guy on San Diego. By the end of the game, he had led the Chargers in receptions, gone over 100 total yards, and scored twice. It was a testament to just how quickly he can pile up the catches and yards, that nearly all of his fantasy production came in the fourth quarter. In fact, he compiled eight receptions for 58 yards and two touchdowns on San Diego's final two drives alone. Those sort of numbers in such a small timeframe really illustrate just how quickly he went from a bad game to an incredible one. So while owners don't want to have to rely on garbage time, this Charger team looks like they may have a few more games on the docket where they'll play a significant portion of the game in catch-up mode. Both touchdowns were wide open receptions, one to the right corner and one to the left where there wasn't a Raider defender in sight. A lot of attention was being paid to the middle of the field, allowing Woodhead to slip out to the edges on both occasions. He was fortunate on the second touchdown, because wide receiver Keenan Allen appeared to have scored earlier on the possession. He was flagged for offensive pass interference, which looked to be a bad call. Shortly thereafter, Woodhead got in instead.
2015 Week 8 vs BAL (3 / 9 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 36 / 0 rec)
In a game that was close throughout, Woodhead saw shockingly little action. Starter Melvin Gordon had 23 touches and totaled 61 yards. Even third-string rusher Branden Oliver had six touches that went for 34 yards. Yet Woodhead's five touches resulted in 45 yards, a far more efficient rate than either of the other two. It looks like Woodhead simply has another gear that neither of the other two have in tight spaces; and with the state of the San Diego offensive line and its inability to block anyone, most of these plays occur in tight spaces. With the Chargers driving downfield to try and tie or win the game late in the fourth quarter, Woodhead was the one entrusted to fulfill the running back duties, which is telling. But the team seems pretty intent on giving more touches to the rookie Gordon, even at the expense of the more effective rusher.
2015 Week 9 vs CHI (6 / 33 / 0 rush, 10 / 6 / 78 / 1 rec)
Woodhead continues to be the biggest playmaker in the San Diego offense. He seems to pick up first down yardage every time he touches the ball, and he just plays at a speed in tight spaces like few others ever have. He did have two pretty uncharacteristic drops in this game, but made up for it (at least the first time) by converting the ensuing play anyway. He had an early touchdown when he somehow snuck out of the backfield and got absolutely wide open in the front left corner of the end zone, resulting in Philip Rivers' only touchdown pass of the game. And Woodhead added a big gain on a third and 1 handoff late in the first half. As has been the theme for ost of the season, the Chargers continue to try and involve Melvin Gordon in the gameplan to get him going. And Gordon responds with a meager YPC average and limited skills in the passing game. Meanwhile, on two fewer touches, Woodhead outgained Gordon by 55 yards from scrimmage.
2015 Week 11 vs KC (6 / 7 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
The pattern for the Chargers for most of this season has been to try and force feed the ball to Melvin Gordon early on. Then, after they fail to establish the run, they take to the air for the entire second half and Woodhead piles up catches and yards in the process. The pattern held form in terms of Gordon's struggles early on, but the part where Woodhead sees lots of action in the second half never came to fruition. He never got going on the ground, and they threw just two passes in his direction (although the one he caught was a crossing route where he came close to picking up a first down). When the soon-to-be-written obituary for the 2015 Charger season is written, one of the most curious aspects of the struggles will be why Woodhead didn't get more work.
2015 Week 12 vs JAX (4 / 8 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 39 / 0 rec)
Despite some very effective work over the season's first half, Woodhead's role in the offense has really dwindled over the last few games. That was the case again in this one, as Melvin Gordon out-touched Woodhead 19-10. As has been the case most of the season, there wasn't much room on the ground for any of the backs to maneuver. Woodhead, who typically does most of his damage in the passing game, struggled a bit there as well. He caught all six of his targets, but they were all from close range and none were really thrown to him in space whatsoever. In fact, his longest gain went for just 11 yards. He did appear to come close to scoring on one reception in particular, diving inside the 5-yard line and being touched down right at the goal line. But San Diego was whistled for a penalty prior to the snap, negating the play.
2015 Week 13 vs DEN (3 / 10 / 0 rush, 7 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)
Woodhead's reduced workload continues to be one of the more puzzling aspects of the 2015 season. A player who just a few weeks ago was firmly entrenched in the league's top ten fantasy running backs, now finds himself seeing fewer touches than journeyman Donald Brown. When it was Melvin Gordon seeing more work than Woodhead, it at least made sense in that the Chargers traded up and spent a high draft pick on Gordon and wanted to see a return on that investment. But in a game that San Diego trailed throughout (meaning more pass attempts, Woodhead's specialty), Woodhead saw just six touches as opposed to thirteen for Gordon and even eight for Brown. Obviously with such little activity, it's tough to get much rhythm established. The Chargers were never really close to scoring range, and Woodhead's role appeared to be little more than an afterthought in the gameplan.
2015 Week 14 vs KC (3 / 5 / 0 rush, 6 / 3 / 8 / 0 rec)
Woodhead's role has shrunk in the second half of the season to be more of a pure backup runner than the 1 and 1A scenario he ane rookie Melvin Gordon enjoyed early on. Woodhead got a couple of looks in the passing game, one of which was a terrific one-handed catch that he corraled over his head before cradling it into his body. But it was too little too late, as he couldn't reach the first down marker on a third and long play. His key target came on the game's final play when Rivers looked for him in the back of the end zone. The pass led him perfectly to the only spot on the field that was open, but the ball rolled off Woodhead's arms/hands and fell harmlessly incomplete, ending the game.
2015 Week 15 vs MIA (8 / 10 / 1 rush, 6 / 6 / 50 / 3 rec)
For most of the season's second half, the Chargers have used a curious approach with regard to Woodhead's workload. After some early-season success, the team declined to give him very many touches. In this game, his workload increased dramatically (due in part to the Melvin Gordon injury). Not surprisingly, Woodhead was very effective with the touches he got, scoring four times on fourteen touches. And also not surprisingly, the Chargers played better than they have in a long time. Right from the outset, Woodhead was more involved. He made a nice out and up move down the sideline to score on the game's opening drive. Soon after a long pass play to wide receiver Dontrelle Inman, he scored the first rushing touchdown for San Diego in 289 carries (Week 1). Once Gordon left the game with an injury, Woodhead continued to be the focal point of the offense, especially in the red zone. He snuck into the front corner of the end zone, where Rivers hit him with a bullet pass in a tight window. Woodhead converted the diving play into his third touchdown of the first half. He added a career-high fourth touchdown in the second half on a quick slant over the middle. He got between defenders and lunged into the end zone to cap of his career day.
2015 Week 16 vs OAK (11 / 55 / 0 rush, 10 / 8 / 53 / 0 rec)
One week after his career game against Miami, Woodhead was back at it in this one. With rookie Melvin Gordon out for the remainder of the season, Woodhead was back as essentially the go-to guy out of the backfield. Despite running behind the same offensive line, Woodhead totaled 55 yards on his 11 rush attempts versus just 17 yards for Donald Brown on his 14 rush attempts. Simple math shows you who the more effective back was, by an overwhelming margin. Woodhead was also one of the team's leading receivers, with a game high eight receptions out of the backfield, each more impressive than the last. He had a 23-yard gain early on, featuring good downfield blocking to convert a 2nd and 15 play. Later in that drive, he got the call from the goal line but was knocked back a bit for a loss on the play. Brown would eventually convert the short yardage score soon after. Woodhead also failed on a short yardage handoff later in the first half near midfield, so the short yardage game wasn't his strong suit in this one. He also left a few yards on the field on a juggling catch late in the first half. He had a chance to get to the edge with a clean reception, but the juggle slowed him down enough for the defender to catch up and drag him down for a minimal gain. In the second half, Woodhead kind of took over as the main weapon for San Diego. His 7-yard gain to open the fourth quarter was San Diego's longest run of the evening up to that point. A crossing route for 21 to beat the blitz, and an 11-yard pickup on 3rd and 11 demonstrated just how valuable he is in picking up chunks of yardage. He just has that uncanny knack for knowing exactly where the first down marker is, and getting to it every time. His final stamp of the game was a huge 27-yard run up the gut. He showed patience in the backfield waiting for the hole to develop, and then was met by Charles Woodson at the second level. Woodhead put a brilliant move on Woodson, leaving him in a heap on the ground as Woodhead burst into the secondary for the big gain. He finished the game with 105 yards from scrimmage, 95 of those coming in the fourth quarter.
2015 Week 17 vs DEN (5 / 11 / 0 rush, 10 / 8 / 51 / 0 rec)
Woodhead didn't do much on the ground, but as usual the NFL's top receiving back this season did the majority of his damage in the passing game. Oddly though, he was taken down short of the first down marker for more often than usual in this game. Charger fans are used to seeing Woodhead taking catches out of the backfield and consistently picking up just enough yardage to keep the chains moving. He's one of the more elusive players in the entire league. But in this one, the Denver defense did a great job of clamping down on him and wrapped him up before he could really do a lot of damage. Late in the game, he saved Philip Rivers from a turnover by grabbling a bobbled snap that had popped straight up in the air. Unfortunately that play ended up costing him a handful of yards since it was recovered in the backfield. On the next play, he caught a short pass but was taken down behind the line of scrimmage, costing himself a few more yards. The quiet afternoon is not an ideal way to end what was a quality season, but he'll return next season with Melvin Gordon to form a formidable 1-2 punch in the San Diego backfield.
2014 Week 1 vs ARI (6 / 5 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
The Charger usage in the running game was pretty predictable last season, but not as much in this season's opener. Whereas Woodhead typically entered the game on third down situations, he remained on the sideline for this game's first third down scenario (Donald Brown came on instead). Woodhead did come in on first down on the ensuing series of downs. Although he doesn't require a great deal of space to make plays happen, he almost didn't have a chance in this one. Often, there were defenders in the backfield ready to meet him just as he received the handoff. He will never be confused with a world-class sprinter, but once again he looked very quick and elusive with the ball in his hands. Early in the second half, he was given a handoff from the 6-yard line. With Ryan Mathews and now Donald Brown on the roster, it is curious that Woodhead continues to receive handoffs near the goal line. On the play, he stumbled coming around the edge and gained nothing. Of note, it was Woodhead who was on the field during San Diego's last gasp effort to get into field goal range in the final two minutes of the game.
2014 Week 3 vs BUF (1 / 1 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Woodhead's day was cut drastically short as he only received on carry on the Chargers opening drive. Trying to work the middle of the line, Woodhead's ankle and lower leg was pressed and twisted awkwardly into the turf as Kyle Williams made the tackle. The cart was promptly brought out and Woodhead did not return to the game. It was revealed after the game Woodhead had suffered a broken leg and sprained ankle.
2013 Week 1 vs HOU (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
Woodhead had an extremely quiet performance. After much preseason hype over his expanded role in the San Diego offense, he took a third seat behind both Ryan Mathews and Ronnie Brown in this one. His first touch came late in the first quarter as he leaked out of the backfield for a quick first down. He looked very spry and quick on the play, but San Diego didn't really go back to him.
2013 Week 2 vs PHI (9 / 27 / 0 rush, 9 / 8 / 37 / 0 rec)
Perhaps feeling he was a bit underutilized in the Week 1 loss to Houston, Woodhead was on the field in multiple scenarios in this game. Woodhead led both teams with 17 offensive touches (tied with Ryan Mathews and one ahead of Philadelphia RB LeSean McCoy). There wasn't a great deal of space for Woodhead to work in, although it should also be noted that a great majority of his touches came in situations in which the team only needed a few yards. And more often than not, Woodhead seemed up to the challenge of getting what the team needed. On the team's eventual game-winning drive, Woodhead hauled on an enormous third down reception on third down and 4 to pick up the first down and enable them to continue the possession. That led to the eventual game-winning field goal. One other note of interest for Woodhead owners is that starting halfback Ryan Mathews lost a fumble in the game. Although the team went back to Mathews right away on the ensuing possession, it is something for Woodhead owners to keep in mind. Mathews hasn't had the best success protecting the ball in his career, and if his fumbling problems become more chronic, it would stand to reason that Woodhead could see an increase in activity.
2013 Week 3 vs TEN (5 / 31 / 0 rush, 8 / 7 / 55 / 0 rec)
Woodhead had a nice workload in the game, with 12 offensive touches to 16 for Ryan Mathews. Nearly all of Woodhead's touches were the same result. He catches a ball in the flat short of the first down, he makes a defender miss, he dives at the sideline marker to pick up the first down, rinse, repeat. Woodhead has already carved out a nice niche as a reliable target in the short passing game, and even picked up a handful of rushing attempts in this one, averaging a team high 6.2 yards per carry. He frequently made the first defender miss and consistently gets more yardage than what it seems is available. It's been said before, but Woodhead just has that veteran savvy about him and always seems to know where the first down marker is.
2013 Week 4 vs DAL (5 / 32 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 54 / 2 rec)
Woodhead's ten offensive touches were second on the team behind RB Ryan Mathews, but Woodhead was much more efficient with his activity. Averaging over 10 yards per reception and over six yards per rush, Woodhead also managed to find the end zone twice. The two plays were similar routes, except on the first one he was very well-covered and did a nice job to run underneath the ball. On the second one, he leaked out into the left flat and was basically uncovered, waltzing in for the score. Woodhead also showed very nice hands on a laserbeam pass thrown right near his feet. He went down and picked it almost off the turf, and turned upfield for a nice gain. Even on the ground, he was effective. He slithered his way through a mass of would-be tacklers to pick up nine tough yards, and later found a gaping hole off the left side after a misdirection handoff to the left side. Woodhead had a shot at a third score when he was given a red zone carry up the middle, but he was hit just as he reached the second level of the defense. It would appear that Mathews is still going to get the majority of the carries, but Woodhead is certainly going to have a significant role in the offense the rest of the way.
2013 Week 5 vs OAK (9 / 13 / 0 rush, 9 / 9 / 58 / 1 rec)
Some observers will look at the stats in the game, hear about the concussion suffered by Ryan Mathews, and conclude that the increase in Woodhead's usage was due to the Mathews injury. In reality, Woodhead was getting more action even before that. In fact, he got the start and handled a carry on the very first play of the game, so he was clearly being thought of as more than just a third down guy already. In the early going, the Raiders swarmed to him every time he touched the ball. As the game went along, they loosened up a bit. Woodhead powered through most tackles, typically getting extra yardage beyond first contact. He had a chance to score in the first half, getting a handoff from just inside the 5-yard line. But he tripped as he got the ball and was only able to dive down to the goal line, otherwise he may have scored. He did get the call on the ensuing 4th and goal handoff from the 1-yard line. It was a curious decision to run the diminutive Woodhead on an inside run at the goal line, and Oakland sniffed it out, stonewalling him about half a yard shy. In the second half, with momentum starting to swing back towards San Diego, Woodhead made a critical error. He was met by Oakland defenders and fumbled it away. Oakland recovered and returned it for a defensive touchdown, putting the Chargers in a deep hole. Woodhead somewhat made amends for that on the next drive, picking up 17 tough yards on a 1st and 20 screen pass up the gut and then capping that drive with an inside shovel pass for the score. As he neared the end zone, Woodhead dove and then reached out to extend the ball over the plain at the end of the run, showing he wasn't afraid to get inside and play his game despite the fumble.
2013 Week 6 vs IND (9 / 36 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 47 / 0 rec)
Woodhead took something of a back seat to Ryan Mathews on the ground, picking up less than half the carries Mathews did. But as usual, he did a lot of his damage through the air. As usual, he rarely got tackled by the first defender he met. On a couple of occasions, defenders even had him squared up on designed screens and swing passes, but after the catch he just shook them free and ran right by them. On one particular reception, he did a great job of snatching the ball out of mid-air. He knew exactly where the defender was and was able to adjust right after the catch to make a quick cutback inside to pick up about eight additional yards. He was given a couple of scoring chances late in the first half, getting two handoffs inside the ten yard line. The first run he took down to about the 5, but the Colts completely sniffed out the next play and met him in the backfield for a loss. Late in the game on an inside handoff, he was nearly met in the backfield by a defender. But he managed to side-step his man at literally the same moment he was handed the ball, and almost just as quickly he was able to get to top speed. He goes from a side-step to full speed as quickly as any back in the league, which enabled him to turn a possible loss into a 10-yard gain. He's got great awareness of everything going on around him, and simply refuses to go down on first contact.
2013 Week 9 vs WAS (7 / 21 / 0 rush, 12 / 9 / 77 / 0 rec)
Woodhead was the busiest receiving option on either team, with a whopping nine receptions mostly out of the backfield. His first catch of the game went for twenty yards, beating a linebacker down the sideline on a play that had QB Philip Rivers salivating. Woodhead made a nice adjustment on the back shoulder fade to turn back towards the outside as he hauled it in. He made a number of receptions that either converted first downs or set up manageable ones for San Diego. He even lived to tell about the vicious hit by S Brandon Meriweather who hit him low (though it did not draw a flag and was not a dirty play, it was a big hit). As usual, Woodhead typically knew exactly where the line to gain was and did a great job of getting to top speed in a hurry on more than one occasion. He also showed his toughness, diving ahead to stretch for a first down as his helmet popped off. Actually, he appeared to have fumbled on the play but the helmet coming off just before he lost the football ended up bailing him out (helmet comes off = play is dead). Late in the game with the Chargers driving for what they hoped would be the go-ahead score, it was Woodhead and not Ryan Mathews or Ronnie Brown who saw the field. He even looked to have scored that game-winning touchdown for San Diego. He took a short pass up the right side and dove at the pylon. Defenders knocked him up in the air and spun him, so that his foot knocked into the pylon as he made a play for the goal line. Officials initially ruled that he had broken the plan for the touchdown, but after consulting replay it was determined that his foot and not the ball had struck the pylon. He was eventually ruled down at the 6-inch line. After play resumed, Woodhead was given another crack at getting into the end zone but ended up getting stuffed. Two plays later, the Chargers had to settle for the game-tying field goal. They eventually lost in overtime.
2013 Week 10 vs DEN (6 / 27 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 17 / 1 rec)
Woodhead turned in what is fast becoming a typical Woodhead type of game. Ten total touches, several receptions out of the backfield, and a touchdown, is what owners have almost come to expect from him at this point. Woodhead showed his typical tough inside running each time he got the ball, and of course showed excellent hands and quickness in the open field in the passing game. His scoring play was a short reception over the middle, an excellent reception reaching out for a ball that was thrown a bit out in front of him. In addition, it got on him very quickly after he turned around, further illustrating his pass-catching abilities. Once he got the ball, he was at top speed almost immediately, diving in under the would-be tacklers to find the end zone. He came extremely close to adding a second score later in the game, after he caught a quick slant over the middle. He spun towards the defense, looking for the score, but was drilled by a defender just as he caught it. It was impressive that he managed to hang onto the football, but he was taken down where he stood.
2013 Week 11 vs MIA (5 / 21 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
Woodhead has been one of the most reliably consistent performers at the running back spot (particularly in PPR leagues), but he was nearly invisible in this game. With Ryan Mathews dominating the rushing duties by a 19-5 spread, Woodhead would typically be expected to be very active in the passing game. But even there, both players caught just two balls for 16 yards. The Chargers leaned heavily on their outside skill position players, and there was no real rhyme or reason to the usage pattern or targets on Woodhead. In fact, one of his two receptions came on a third and long play where they checked down to him to try and take what they could get to set up a better punt. He just wasn't a big part of the gameplan in this one, but considering the result and the struggles of the offense to move the ball, this may be looked back upon as an outlier.
2013 Week 12 vs KC (6 / 25 / 1 rush, 4 / 4 / 45 / 1 rec)
Woodhead only had ten offensive touches in the game, but he sure made them count by finding the end zone on two of them. He had a handful of nice inside runs, but the one fantasy owners care about the most was the 3-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter. Although starter Ryan Mathews hadn't been announced as being out for the game at that point, his last play came on the previous possession. So it stands to reason that if Mathews had been healthy, he would have been the one in the game for that play and not Woodhead. Still, it was telling that Woodhead got the call over the other effective short yardage runners on the roster. He took a delay handoff up the middle and plunged in over the pile, stretching out at the last moment for the score. But once again, it was Woodhead's work through the air that really put a stamp on his performance. He caught four more passes, one of them a short catch out in the flat that seemed destined to go out of bounds for a minimal gain. Instead, he hopped back inside to juke his defender and rumbled downfield for 19 more yards. It was an impressive display of athleticism from Woodhead, showing he's not just a solid pass-catcher but an elusive runner with more "wiggle" than people give him credit for. He also got a chance to showcase his athleticism on his touchdown reception. He run up the left sideline, and Rivers hoisted a pass along the end zone sideline for him. Woodhead did a good job of knowing where he was on the field, keeping both feet inbounds while bringing in the pass for an early touchdown.
2013 Week 13 vs CIN (7 / 22 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Woodhead was nearly invisible for long stretches of game. Despite starter Ryan Mathews still apparently bothered by a sore hamstring, it was assumed that Woodhead might see an increased role. But he just wasn't an integral part of the offense whatsoever in the early going. He barely had positive yardage until about midway through the third quarter, and finished with less than half the offensive touches of Mathews. Interestingly, Woodhead was the back in the game on the team's late drive to try and mount a comeback, but the Chargers were primarily throwing to the receivers and tight ends by that point anyway. On one late catch, he picked up nine yards up the right sideline and was absolutely drilled along the sideline. The ball popped loose, but it was well out of bounds, and Woodhead didn't seem bothered by the hit in any meaningful way.
2013 Week 14 vs NYG (7 / 42 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 52 / 1 rec)
Woodhead has been a bit inconsistent lately, but rebounded with a big performance in this game. He was very effective on the ground, averaging six yards per carry. He made several strong inside runs, always picking up every possible yard as usual. Also as usual, he did the majority of his damage through the air. Unsurprisingly, he consistently picked up first down yardage on each. He nearly got into the end zone off a shovel pass from the 3-yard line, but it was stuffed right away for no gain. Woodhead found paydirt soon after, with an easy walk-in touchdown in the flat off a short pass from QB Philip Rivers. Rivers had loads of time, and Woodhead easily got in. His biggest gain of the game was one that you wouldn't normally expect from the diminutive Woodhead. He was targeted on what was essentially a "free play" after the Giants had jumped offsides. The pass turned into a jump ball, and the 5'8" Woodhead got high enough to bat it in the air. After it popped up again, Woodhead managed to maintain his concentration enough to bring it in for the long gain.
2013 Week 15 vs DEN (9 / 29 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
Woodhead had a tough day running the ball, and got a far lighter workload than starter Ryan Mathews did. He just simply wasn't getting the same holes to run through that Mathews was, or at least wasn't picking the right lanes. Woodhead fought for yardage as much as he could, but his game is more based on quickness and elusiveness than power. So while Mathews had success with the smash-mouth running style, Woodhead found it difficult. He did do a nice job on a handful of inside rushes, but was mostly bottled up. And where he normally makes his way is in the short passing game, but in this contest the Chargers really took the air out of the ball and pounded it with the running game. Woodhead did do a nice job with a short catch out of the backfield early on that Rivers dumped off to him. He took off with a lot of space in front of him, and managed to make the first defender miss (as is often the case). Truth be told, the defender had him squared up for a minimal gain but Woodhead faked inside and hopped back outside to pick up enough for the first down.
2013 Week 16 vs OAK (8 / 52 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 16 / 0 rec)
Woodhead's usage was a little bit sporadic once again, but he did perform well with another limited workload on a per-touch basis (over six yards per touch). He nearly got on the scoreboard early on when he broke out into the flat wide open from the 9-yard line, but he slipped coming out of his break. QB Philip Rivers was looking in his direction and likely going to him for what may have been an easy score. But after Woodhead fell, Rivers had nowhere to go, and ended up taking a sack. On the next play, Woodhead caught a pass on the sideline that took a long time to get there. Since it took so long, the defender had a long time in order to make a break on the ball. And when he arrived, he greeted Woodhead with an incredibly vicious hit. Woodhead held his ground on the play and didn't appear injured, which is somewhat amazing considering how hard the hit was. In the second half, he was in on one particular drive where he had some very nice inside runs to help run some clock off. He did a nice job following his blocks and picking up chunks of yardage. He was likely getting a little more work in the running game because starter Ryan Mathews injured his foot or ankle late in the third quarter. After the game, Mathews was in a walking boot so Woodhead may be in line for a greater workload next weekend against the Chiefs depending on Mathews' status.
2013 Week 17 vs KC (5 / 18 / 0 rush, 7 / 7 / 42 / 0 rec)
Woodhead didn't seem like he was terribly involved, but due to the sheer volume of plays the Chargers ran, Woodhead still ended up with an efficient performance (particulary in PPR leagues). He came in on most third down plays and also to spell starter Ryan Mathews whenever he reinjured his leg. But Woodhead wasn't just a backup in this one, as the team targeted him once again on several plays and made him the focus of entire drives. He wasn't picking up much after the catch through the third quarter, but he got a little bit more yardage later in the game with Mathews going in and out of the game. Woodhead's best run of the game was actually negated due to a holding penalty on a delayed handoff up the middle. Despite losing that yardage, Woodhead still finished with a respectable yardage total and came close to finding the end zone when he was the target of a quick slant down to the 5-yard line. In the fourth quarter and overtime session, he did a great job of hanging onto a quick double pump pass play that most players would have dropped simply due to a lack of timing. And he converted a huge third down pass play where Rivers tossed up a floater to him in the flat and he did the rest by turning the corner and beating the linebacker to the edge and converted for a critical first down. That kept the drive moving and eventually led to the field goal.
2013 Week 18 vs CIN (15 / 54 / 1 rush, 4 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
Woodhead continued his fine work with another strong game. Early on, Woodhead got the first TD of the game with a lightning quick 5 yard run up the middle, which ended with him plowing into two bigger defenders at the goalline and getting the TD. Usually Woodhead plays a big role in the passing game, but that didn't occur too much in this game. In the second half, he took over as the primary RB due to the injury and ran tough. He had a tough 9 yard run, and then followed it with a short gain that gave the Chargers a first down in the third quarter. Then as the 3rd quarter was ending, he made a quick cut, and got a 7 yard gain down to the goalline on 2nd and 8. Woodhead has proven to be a surprisingly tough back, as he's been given the opportunity to play a lot for San Diego. If Mathews doesn't come back vs Denver, Woodhead will have a heavy load on his shoulders.
2013 Week 19 vs DEN (9 / 29 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 10 / 0 rec)
With Ryan Mathews playing only a single quarter, Danny Woodhead was forced to play a larger role in the running game than was typical, and Woodhead delivered an underwhelming performance against a stout Denver run defense. Woodhead had 9 carries for just 29 yards, as Denver's defensive linemen and outside linebackers consistently shut down any open running lanes and limited any potential for big gains. Woodhead wasn't very active in the passing game, drawing just four targets, which he converted into 3 receptions and 1 first down. Woodhead's biggest play of the game wound up being one outside of his control, as a Denver defender grabbed his face mask on a tackle attempt, allowing the Chargers to convert on 3rd-and-17 via penalty.
2012 Week 2 vs ARI (8 / 18 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)
Woodhead looked good reading his blocking but more often than not, didn't get far on his carries. He did have a TD called back - a very nice run from just inside the 30 in the final minute.
2012 Week 3 vs BAL (15 / 34 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
An average of 2.2 yards per carry pretty much sums up Woodhead's day. His long was a gain of six but the highlight of his night was a third quarter touchdown. He did get better as the night went - which is encouraging since defenses typically don't gain energy through the course of the game - but the Ravens were not allowing the Patriots any running room. His 15 carries were a career high.
2012 Week 4 vs BUF (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 23 / 1 rec)
Woodhead only saw a few snaps and didn't have any carries. His first reception was caught underneath as the coverage dropped deep on third down. He was tackled by two defenders as soon as he caught the ball short of the first down. His second reception went for a touchdown as he initially ran into the flat, before running back inside when he saw Brady extending the play to his side of the field. Woodhead did well to find the space and then beat two defenders into the endzone for the touchdown.
2012 Week 5 vs DEN (7 / 47 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 25 / 0 rec)
Woodhead received plenty of playing time as the Patriots used the hurry-up and spread formations regularly in this game. Woodhead converted two of the biggest third downs of the day, once on the ground and once through the air. On third-and-long, Woodhead carried the ball from a traditional run formation to convert and get the Patriots into field goal range. Brady was under pressure on another occasion and found Woodhead as the outlet receiver, saving the drive.
2012 Week 6 vs SEA (4 / 25 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 46 / 0 rec)
The most effective of the RBs on Sunday was scat and passing down back Danny Woodhead. He carried the ball just 4 times for 25 yards but contributed more in the passing game to the tune of 5 receptions for 46 yards, including a nifty 22-yard pickup where he fell, got up and scampered down the right sideline for a big first down. Woodhead is the clear favorite in the passing game of all New England RBs and excels in underneath routes where he can pick up yards after the catch.
2012 Week 7 vs NYJ (6 / 17 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 29 / 0 rec)
Woodhead was a fixture on third downs. Regardless of situation, Woodhead played on most third downs and did an excellent job with his pass blocking. Woodhead's biggest play occurred during his team's ninth drive. On a 1st-and-10 from midfield, Woodhead leaked out of the backfield, hauled in Brady's pass, and picked up 20 yards. Woodhead ran with a low pad level and launched himself into oncoming defenders for extra yardage. Two plays later, Brady came back to Woodhead for a seven yard gain that led to Stephen Gostkowski's game-tying field goal. Throughout the game, the Patriot gave Woodhead a few delayed handoffs between the tackles, but he clearly lacks the size and leg drive to be a featured, inside runner. While Woodhead doesn't offer much as a runner between the tackles, he is valuable as an outlet receiver and a pass blocker.
2012 Week 8 vs STL (2 / 3 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 56 / 0 rec)
Woodhead looked almost indecisive when taking a handoff out of the backfield and struggled to pick up anything in the running game. He looked anything but indecisive receiving the ball, finishing second on the team in both receptions and receiving yards. His 16 yard gain in the first quarter came out of the slot on a pick route that certainly should have been called. The remainder of his receptions came out of the backfield and a majority of the time linebackers were just nowhere close to him when he caught the ball. He did get one goal line carry and was stuffed.
2012 Week 10 vs BUF (1 / 15 / 1 rush, 6 / 4 / 46 / 1 rec)
Woodhead only received one carry on Sunday, but absolutely made the most of it. With the Bills clearly expecting a pass with Woodhead in the backfield, the RB took the carry through a gaping hole in the line and walked into the end zone untouched for the 15-yard TD. Woodhead was 3rd on the team with six targets in the passing game, catching four for 46 yards with a long of 18 yards that went for a TD. Working out of the backfield, Woodhead was left uncovered and with Brady feeling pressure, provided a nice release for the QB. Woodhead wasn't touched until he was diving into the end zone. Woodhead also set up his own TD run, picking up 15 yards on an angle route out of the backfield, easily beating the coverage from Nick Barnett.
2012 Week 12 vs NYJ (2 / 8 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Danny Woodhead has taken a backseat to Ridley and Vereen. During the first half, Woodhead took his lone carry up the middle for an eight-yard gain. Woodhead's small stature allowed him to get under Bart Scott's pad level and drive through him for additional yardage. During the second half, Woodhead ran a drag route on a 3rd-and-5 play for eleven yards and a first down.
2012 Week 13 vs MIA (6 / 24 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
Woodhead was his usual efficient self against Miami. He had eight total touches and was elusive in space. The few times he gaining minimal yardage came on runs up the middle where the defense was not fooled on traditional draw looks. Shane Vereen has definitely cut into Woodhead's playing time, limiting his weekly upside outside of a random red zone look that gets him into the end zone.
2012 Week 14 vs HOU (1 / 4 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 34 / 0 rec)
Woodhead spelled Ridley out of the backfield on Monday night against the Texans. He only had one carry but did serve as a pass protector on a number of shotgun formation plays. He also had two receptions on short, outlet patterns as well. Woodhead's best play came on a reception in the fourth quarter. On the play, Woodhead hauled in the screen pass and made a number of cuts up the left sideline showing his speed and agility in the open field. He was stripped of the ball by JJ Watt but the fumble was recovered in the endzone by Brandon Lloyd.
2012 Week 15 vs SF (12 / 61 / 2 rush, 10 / 5 / 23 / 0 rec)
With the fumbling problems of his backfield compatriots, Woodhead received the most carries of the three. He also had much more success than the other two, as his size and quickness gave the 49ers' defense fits. Add in the additional space afforded by the injury to Justin Smith, the anchor of the 49ers' defensive line, and Woodhead was able to sprint through small holes and make cuts to space. When a small gap opened, Woodhead had the vision to make the cut and he was quick enough to elude the defenders' arms as they grasped for him. On his long run of 15 yards, Woodhead was able to sprint through a large tunnel and the cut past the safety to run through the second level. Even with his size, Woodhead showed a great amount of strength on his touchdown run, taking the carry left and then cutting back inside. The tackler met him at the goal line and Woodhead spun around, churning his legs to push his way in to the end zone. Woodhead's second touchdown came on a quick snap at the goal line, and with San Francisco backed on to their own heels, Woodhead was able to sprint through a hole in to the end zone. Woodhead also contributed a good amount in the passing game, running short routes out of the backfield and catching the ball when he had enough separation, but when tightly covered Woodhead was unable to make the catch.
2012 Week 16 vs JAX (3 / 7 / 0 rush, 5 / 2 / 38 / 1 rec)
Woodhead was once-again one of the most efficient offensive players for New England. He totaled 45 yards on just five touches, including a swing pass touchdown. The pass nearly hit him in the facemask, but Woodhead corralled the ball at the last second and scurried into the end zone down the sideline. Early in the game, he also added a 24-yard screen pass, showing great acceleration into the wide open area of the field.
2012 Week 17 vs MIA (3 / 18 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 79 / 0 rec)
Woodhead was once-again the waterbug back whose uber-efficiency is a marvel to watch. He gained 97 yards on just eight touches against the Miami defense, catching all five of his targets. Woodhead rarely gets cheated out of yards when the ball is in his hands and this week was no exception. Whether it was a dump-off reception outside or a draw play inside, he maximized the potential gain. On four occasions Woodhead picked up 10+ yards in the open field. He has a great feel for his spatial surroundings on the field, which melds with Tom Brady's field vision perfectly. His best chance to score came in the red zone when he was tackled at the two-yard-line on a rushing attempt. While his involvement in the offense varies from week-to-week, Woodhead had eight games of 10+ PPR points this season. That is on par with many RB2-type backs in fantasy. With Woodhead being an unrestricted free agent this off-season, he will be a player to track. He could have a big impact on players like Ridley and Vereen in New England as well as backs on a potential new team.
2012 Week 19 vs HOU (1 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Woodhead only received one carry, the game's first. Unfortunately, Woodhead was injured on that lone carry and did not return to the game.
2012 Week 20 vs BAL (3 / 11 / 0 rush, 0 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)
Woodhead's first involvement was a run up the middle on third and two when he was stopped after a gain of a yard. On the very next play, fourth and one, the Patriots surprised the Ravens' defense with a direct snap to Woodhead for the conversion over left guard. Woodhead took a three yard carry over the center from the shotgun formation on second and 10. Woodhead was doing good things on his limited snaps. On third and three, he came out of the backfield for a first down reception that was negated by a holding penalty in the backfield. Woodhead caught a quick pass in the flat within the final two minutes of the game for 13 yards.
2011 Week 1 vs MIA (14 / 69 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
He didn't start the game and he didn't see the goal line work but clearly he was the option once they got into the 2nd quarter and beyond when the Pats were working the field between the 20s. Woodhead was fast, showed good vision, and he simply is hard to bring down. He didn't do a lot in the passing game but certainly he is option one for Brady coming out of the backfield if he wants to dump it off. This is more than just a change of pace back, he seems to be a possible candidate for 15+ touches a game. He had some incredible run blocking in front of him but he also seems to be able to shake LBs once he gets into the hole and with his low center of gravity he is able to glide for extra yards once he gets past the LOS.
2011 Week 2 vs SD (4 / 12 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
Woodhead saw just a fraction of the touches he saw a week ago, and it looks as if the Patriots are going to have a very unpredictable rushing rotation going forward. On the handful of touches he did get, however, Woodhead always seemed to find some room to maneuver on the interior. He's very shifty inside, and finds holes when it seems as if none are there. He was also trusted in a critical spot, with New England up by 12 points and attempting a two point conversion. On an offense run by Tom Brady and featuring past and future Pro Bowlers everywhere, it was Woodhead who got the call on a delayed draw. He lunged up the middle and dove into the end zone for the two point conversion to go up by two touchdowns.
2011 Week 3 vs BUF (6 / 21 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)
Although he didn't get his first touch until the second quarter - after Benjarvus Green-Ellis and Stevan Ridley - Woodhead appeared to be the preferred back when the Patriots operated out of the shotgun in their no huddle offense. The Bills defense did a good job of keeping him bottled up in the game and he finished with just 21 yards on the ground and an additional 20 yards through the air. The RB touches were split very evenly among all three Patriots RBs in the game but Woodhead was the most active in the passing game. The one negative for him came on a play in the second quarter when the ball bounced off his hands and was intercepted by the Bills at their own 10-yard line, but it would have been a tough catch and safety Bryan Scott made a great play on the ball.
2011 Week 4 vs OAK (2 / 13 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Woodhead was not used too much in the first half, then he got hurt (sprained ankle) with about 2 minutes to go in the first half and was not seen again. With the emergence of Ridley we should see a diminished role for Woodhead.
2011 Week 6 vs DAL (4 / 7 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
Woodhead's best play came on a reception with two minutes to go. On the play, Woodhead lined up in the backfield and snuck through the line to be uncovered in the middle of the field. He caught the quick pass and turned upfield to gain a first down. Most of Woodhead's work on the game-winning drive came as an outlet receiver . He would wait for Tom Brady to complete his drop and then sneak through the line of scrimmage to be open 5 yards down the field should Brady need an outlet.
2011 Week 9 vs NYG (7 / 26 / 0 rush, 6 / 3 / 34 / 0 rec)
Danny Woodhead appeared to be the backup RB in this game early on to RB Green-Ellis but this only lasted until the Patriots turned into the pass happy machine they usually become. The Patriots were down in this game in the second half and began to throw almost every down. As a result, Woodhead got far more playing time than any other NE RB as his speed and agility. Woodhead was rarely needed as a checkdown back as QB Brady was targeting his receivers downfield but took the ball and ran with it for first downs when asked to. Brady hardly ever throws to his RB's when the Patriots are down and Woodhead simply never got the attention in the passing game or near the goal line to have any true fantasy value in this game.
2011 Week 10 vs NYJ (7 / 38 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Woodhead was virtually non-existent in the first half, only targeted a pair of times and was relegated mostly to returning kicks. The second half was a different story however. While he didn't carry the ball like a lead back, he gashed the Jets defensive line for big gains on nearly every run. Woodhead was able to slip between tacklers and make them miss as well. Overall the carries were split up pretty evenly, with numerous backs getting the chance to carry the ball, which limited Woodhead's numbers but also kept the backs fresh and made it easier to wear the defense down.
2011 Week 11 vs KC (5 / 27 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 28 / 0 rec)
Woodhead is just so much quicker out of the backfield than Green-Ellis. Twice he showed excellent patience on a screen pass and then burst through the hole once the play developed. He did the same thing on a toss play, just biding his time behind the line until a sliver of a hole opened and then darted through it. Woodhead lost a 3 yard touchdown catch on a great play by Derrick Johnson. Woodhead caught the pass just shy of the goal line and was heading in when Johnson ripped the ball away. The play was ruled an incompletion and that was as close as Woodhead would come to a score. On one carry in the third quarter, Woodhead bounced off three defenders on his way to an 8 yard carry. He was much more efficient as a runner than Green-Ellis.
2011 Week 12 vs PHI (4 / 20 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Woodhead saw very little action on Sunday, with just four carries and no targets in the passing game. The former Chadron State running back has seen less use in the last few weeks and seems to be getting crowded out of the backfield of late.
2011 Week 13 vs IND (4 / 12 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Woodhead was used sparingly in the running game and was unable to connect with Brady for a catch.
2011 Week 14 vs WAS (8 / 41 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Woodhead did his usual work in this game, sliding through tiny creases in the line and running with a toughness that belies his small stature, leading the team in both rushing attempts and yardage. Woodhead showed impressive speed to the edge on a run mid-way through the 4th quarter, taking the ball 12 yards around the right end and down the right sideline, setting up 1st and goal from the 6.
2011 Week 15 vs DEN (7 / 40 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)
Given just a little bit of room Woodhead showed his elusiveness and found success. He took a couple of huge hits but jumped right back up and seemed to know right when to hop one direction or the other into the hole. His 8 yard TD run was a thing of beauty as he made 2 decisive jump cuts, weaving his way through the defense while hardly being touched.
2011 Week 16 vs MIA (4 / 20 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Snuck thru the middle on his 1st carry of the day for about 8 yards. They went back to him on the next carry for a first down. That was on the 1st drive of the day and for the rest of the game he only had 2 more touches. he had no receptions, very little use the rest of the day however the Pats did fall behind and abandoned the run for much of the game.
2011 Week 17 vs BUF (1 / 5 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
Woodhead played a limited role on offense this week, finishing with just 1 rush attempt and a couple short catches. He did convert a 2pt conversion in the game on a nice run up the middle though.
2011 Week 19 vs DEN (4 / 25 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Woodhead was silent in the passing game but was the Pats most effective runner. He made a good sidestep in the first quarter before picking up 7 yards off left tackle. His best run came in the second, an 11 yard dash on which he made 2 tacklers miss.
2011 Week 20 vs BAL (6 / 18 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Woodhead's biggest moment came when he fumbled a kickoff, which allowed the Ravens to open up a 20-16 lead, but he atoned with a nice return to jumpstart the game-winning TD drive that followed. He followed up with two solid runs inside the 10 on that drive to get the Patriots down the one-yard line, but otherwise was a non-factor on offense on his handful of touches.
2011 Week 21 vs NYG (7 / 18 / 0 rush, 0 / 4 / 42 / 1 rec)
Woodhead was mostly quiet and ineffective except for the two-minute drill drive at the end of the first half, when he touched the ball seven times, including all of the touches in the red zone. He was able to find a dead spot in the front of the end zone when the Patriots protected Brady well to score the team's first touchdown of the day. His only other impact play was a nice catch and run on a short throw from Brady on the mid-fourth quarter drive that could have iced the game. Woodhead will be back next year, but Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley will push him for playing time.
2010 Week 3 vs BUF (3 / 42 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
With 3rd down back Kevin Faulk, out for the year, the former NY Jet, Danny Woodhead, had a few opportunities to contribute and contribute he did. The speedy Woodhead scored a rushing TD, New England's first rushing TD of the season, and looked swift running the football on his limited touches. His TD was a nifty 22 yard scamper where he juked his way past the LB and beat Patriots DB McKelvin to the endzone. Don't be surprised if the Patriots carve out a bigger role for the Jets castoff as the season progresses.
2010 Week 4 vs MIA (8 / 36 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 11 / 1 rec)
Woodhead actually saw time on the Patriots first possession of the game, something we wouldn't have expected before Fred Taylor and Kevin Faulk's injuries. And once again, the teams' late addition came through with a big play, scoring on an 11 yard pass from Tom Brady. While he's a little guy at 5'7, he's made quite an impression by demonstrating nice quicks and is as athletic and tough as they come.
2010 Week 6 vs BAL (11 / 63 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 52 / 0 rec)
It was Woodhead and not Ben Jarvis Green Ellis who lead the Patriot's rushing attack on this day. The versatile RB continues to impress when he sees the field. His first contribution came on a 2nd and 15 where he took a quick pass from Brady and made some nifty moves to get free and plunge for the first down. He made some great runs when called upon and was able to put together at lest a semblance of a running game for the Pats, even stringing together some key 1st down plays. Woodhead has his own scrappy style and brings an element to this team that a younger Kevin Faulk used to bring. He has good leverage, is explosive and has a powerful, elusive running style for such a small guy, reminding some of the old Patriot legend, Dave Meggett.
2010 Week 7 vs SD (8 / 24 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)
Woodhead's involvement was greatly decreased from a week ago, when he enjoyed a breakout performance. Although his touches were lessened, he very nearly scored twice, which would have resulted in a big fantasy stat line. He took a first half screen pass from the ten yard line down to the two, almost spinning his way in for the score. He probably should have had no gain on the play, but he fought through tacklers to pick up extra yardage. Early in the second half was when he saw the majority of his work. On one play, he took a screen pass down inside the five yard line again. He showed great awareness in realizing that there was a would-be tackler hot on his heels, and he high-stepped away from that. He shot downfield on a line for a 16-yard pickup and a first and goal for New England, but came out of the came once he got them in scoring range. He was replaced by BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who scored three plays later.
2010 Week 8 vs MIN (6 / 13 / 1 rush, 6 / 5 / 45 / 0 rec)
Woodhead has settled into his pass offense RB role very well. He scored on a direct snap that was a play the Pats often used with Kevin Faulk and gave Tom Brady an outlet against the Vikings pass rush all day. Woodhead broke a tackle for a key first down late, but his role wasn't as big as previous weeks because of Green-Ellis's dominant second half. He is still good depth/flex play in PPR leagues.
2010 Week 9 vs CLE (9 / 54 / 0 rush, 5 / 2 / 38 / 0 rec)
Woodhead is a legitimate dual threat back, running and receiving the ball that the Patriots leaned on heavy in this game. He plays a lot bigger than his 5"8 frame may suggest, and is a very slippery runner that would-be tacklers have a tough time bringing down. On running plays, Woodhead can outrun defenders to the corner and turn upfield for decent size gains aswell as being a decent push up the middle. In the passing game, he was very reliable out of the backfield on flats and flare passes and had big gains after the catch. Woodhead was a big crutch for Brady in this game and will continue to be an all-purpose back in this spread offense.
2010 Week 10 vs PIT (4 / 11 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
As mentioned above, Woodhead didn't get many chances. He's still an amazing player to watch as his 5'8" 195lb frame looks incredibly out of place anywhere on the field except the sideline passing out water. Some of Woodhead's better plays in this game don't show up on the statsheet as he did a nice job multiple times of picking up blitzing linebackers. Like a small, yapping dog biting your ankles, Woodhead went low and chipped Lawrence Timmons and James Harrison - two potential Pro-Bowl players. Woodhead will still be a part of this offense going forward, but like any Bill Belichick player, how much he plays will depend on scheme, gameplan, and the weaknesses New England chooses to exploit.
2010 Week 11 vs IND (7 / 69 / 1 rush, 4 / 4 / 21 / 0 rec)
The little guy continues to be a staple of this offense. Woodhead's touchdown run was a thing of beauty as he showed tremendous balance and speed in the open field. Woodhead followed his blockers into the end zone for what turned out to be an easy score. He has become a very important weapon for the Patriots offense, which use him as a mismatch in crucial situations. His size is what allows him to remain unseen by the defense for that split second, which leads to hesitation and then allows the quick-thinking Woodhead to make his cut. This kid will be a part of this team for a long time if he keeps this up.
2010 Week 12 vs DET (8 / 32 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Danny Woodhead complimented BenJarvus Green-Ellis in the New England backfield once again on Thanksgiving, adding 32 yards on eight carries and another 13 on two receptions against Detroit. Woodhead is more of a speed and finesse player, leaving the physical runs to Green-Ellis. The combination is working well for the Patriots, but for now Woodhead's fantasy numbers remain very hit or miss on a weekly basis. His best value comes in both PPR and return yardage leagues.
2010 Week 13 vs NYJ (2 / 11 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 104 / 0 rec)
The Patriots spread the ball very well on Monday Night, but Woodhead made the most of his touches. Woodhead is more likely to catch the ball than to receive it from a handoff in this offense. He is a terrific third down back that is almost impossible to cover one on one and can be even harder to tackle. His small stature and extremely elusive running style proved too much for the Jets on many plays. On one play, the Patriots were able to isolate him vs. a DE and Woodhead had an easy catch and run for a huge gain. Woodhead later had another big play as he found himself in the open field with a huge amount of space in front of him on a pass.
2010 Week 14 vs CHI (7 / 21 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 1 / 0 rec)
Woodhead scored on a 3 yard run in the 2nd quarter that opened up a 14 point lead for the Pats. He consistently makes plays when called upon, but after that TD, he didn't see the field as much, as the Pats relied on the tough running of Green-Ellis and the ball control passing of Brady.
2010 Week 15 vs GB (9 / 59 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)
Woodhead led the Pats in carries this week as they played from behind and clearly preferred Woodhead's dual threat talents. That being said Woodhead managed just 10 touches but he often got the most out of them while squirting and ducking through holes and eeking out tough yards. He continues to provide a spark to the offense often when it is needed most.
2010 Week 16 vs BUF (13 / 93 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)
Easily one of the strongest plays on the board this week when the dust settles. Woodhead is getting better each week. It started like a farce almost comical to see this little guy dashing in and out of traffic and thinking that he wouldn't last. Well he has and he's a big reason the Patriots continue to win football games. Woodhead took over the Kevin Faulk role but has expanded it to a major part of the offense. He does not turn the ball over and he obeys his coach so he is rewarded with a plenty of touches. I do think around 12-15 a game should be his max but clearly he can do a lot of damage with a limited number of touches. This guy can even stay in and pass protect which is a lost art for many other running backs in the NFL.
2010 Week 17 vs MIA (2 / 19 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
For a guy who might have suffered a concussion he sure was all smiles on the sideline and alert to what the offense was doing without him in the game. If he did suffer a concussion it must have been a minor one and not something that will sideline him for the playoffs. He is a little guy but he plays huge. He was gashing Miami before he left the game. Fred Taylor - He saw action because the game was out of hand plain and simple. Taylor is the RB3 on this team and I doubt unless the games are blowouts in the playoffs that he will see the field much.
2010 Week 19 vs NYJ (14 / 46 / 0 rush, 9 / 6 / 52 / 0 rec)
Woodhead was on the field a lot more than Green-Ellis because the Pats were in a lot more passing formations, being down for most of the game. He had solid gains on his early touches, including a 19-yard reception on the Pats first offensive play, but he was rendered ineffective as a runner for a long stretch until the Patriots attempt to pull back within a score in the fourth quarter. He had six touches on the drive, but his inability to get open or get good yardage once the Patriots were in Jets territory stalled out the drive.
2009 Week 7 vs OAK (3 / 24 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Fourth string rusher Danny Woodhead was employed mostly on special teams, but he was asked to close the Week 7 game against Oakland in the backfield. Woodhead ran three times to close out the game with the score 38-0, so his fantasy numbers came in classic "garbage time". Woodhead does move up one step on the depth chart with Leon Washington's broken leg injury, but he is still well behind Thomas Jones and Shonn Greene.
2009 Week 12 vs CAR (1 / 1 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)
Woodhead was productive on the few touches he got, mainly as a third-down back. He could have surprising value if Thomas Jones gets hurt down the stretch, because Shonn Greene doesn't have the skillset to play in passing situations.
2009 Week 14 vs TB (4 / 17 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 35 / 0 rec)
Woodhead looked solid as the third down/two-minute drill back for the Jets. He had a good patient run out of the shotgun and made a WR-like overhead catch on a bullet from Clemens. He looks like he'll have a future as a Kevin Faulk-type player.
2009 Week 15 vs ATL (1 / 2 / 0 rush, 5 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
Woodhead is turning into a crafty little third-down back. He had a very nice gain on an improv pitch from Sanchez and has good instincts for a third-down back, but Woodhead also had a terrible drop when he took his eye off the ball to watch an oncoming tackler. He has proven he belongs in the NFL since Leon Washington's season ended.
2009 Week 17 vs CIN (6 / 20 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Woodhead saw playing time in the fourth quarter after the game was well in hand and the Cincinnati defense was playing second and third teamers. Woodhead was able to get to the corner on two of his runs for good yardage but was otherwise held to short gains.