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Tom Brady takes a shot at the Jets for cutting Danny Woodhead

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Patriots running back Danny Woodhead had a 15-yard rushing touchdown and an 18-yard receiving touchdown Sunday against the Bills, and that has Tom Brady thankful to have Woodhead as a teammate. And thankful for the division rival that made Woodhead available.

Brady said on WEEI that he recognized Woodhead’s talent as soon as Woodhead arrived in New England, and he’s surprised that the Jets, Woodhead’s previous team, let him go.

“I remember his first game,” Brady said. “We kind of joked on the sideline, [former Patriots offensive coordinator Bill 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.”

In fairness to the Jets, the entire NFL overlooked Woodhead, which is why he went undrafted after twice winning the Harlon Hill Trophy as the best player in Division II college football. By signing Woodhead as an undrafted free agent, the Jets were showing that they had at least some faith in his ability to play in the NFL.

But the Jets never fully realized what Woodhead could do, which is why they released him after he had played in 11 games, ran the ball 15 times and caught eight passes. With the Patriots, Woodhead has a bigger role in the offense and is second on the team this year with 49 carries and fourth on the team with 23 catches. Brady is glad to have him.

“He’s just come in and done such a great job,” Brady said. “He’s the ultimate team player and teammate — dependable, consistent, you always know the level of play you’re getting from Danny. He had a huge game yesterday for us. We really needed it, because as an offense, I’d say everyone really didn’t have their best day but Danny. He really saved the day for us.”

The Jets, who were held to seven points, 11 first downs and 185 total yards while suffering their third consecutive loss on Sunday, could use a guy like that.

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57 Responses to “Tom Brady takes a shot at the Jets for cutting Danny Woodhead”
  1. Davo says: Nov 12, 2012 11:49 AM

    That’s not taking a shot. Even Jets fans want to know why the Jets cut Danny Woodhead.

  2. tfbuckfutter says: Nov 12, 2012 11:50 AM

    The Jets would never be able to figure out what to do with him if they had him anyway.

    Maybe use him as a Wildcat QB?

  3. source7769 says: Nov 12, 2012 11:52 AM

    yea he was so great of a talent he gets playing time sparingly and they drafted another rb this yr , dont make this guy out to be terrell davis hes a decent back but wouldnt be anyones featured back

  4. zimaman says: Nov 12, 2012 11:53 AM

    how do you figure thats taking a “shot” at the Jets?

    he asked a question?

    he didnt say the Jets were dumb to do it. Or the Jets suck (which they do but thats another matter). he didnt make a statement he asked a question.

    Very misleading headline.

  5. rushmatic says: Nov 12, 2012 11:56 AM

    I’ll admit, I don’t get an optimistic rush when he steps on the field like I do when I see number 22, but damn, he does surprise you sometimes.

  6. rc33 says: Nov 12, 2012 11:56 AM

    Real nice situational player for NE. Ultimate team guy, works hard, never complains and understands his role.
    In fairness to Rex Ryan, he loved Woodhead and pretty much did anything and everything to keep him in NY but situations came about at other positions that forced his release.
    On the other hand, they did keep Joe McKnight over Woodhead, so…

  7. garyman1 says: Nov 12, 2012 11:57 AM

    I remember when the Jets were on “Hard Knocks” and the coaching staff was almost joking about him.

  8. mattwalshvideo says: Nov 12, 2012 11:57 AM

    Because the jets and many other NFL teams don’t run a mickey mouse college offense like the patriots that’s why.

    Woodhead in a spread offense where the defense worries about everyone else other than Woodhead is fine, put him in on any other team and he’s a scrub on the practice squad.

  9. skiss68 says: Nov 12, 2012 11:58 AM

    Right Tom. He is so great he is your Third string running back.

  10. mrconnors says: Nov 12, 2012 11:59 AM

    It is a joke that people compare Eli to Brady. A little different when you go against the Giants D vs the Patriots pathetic “defense”.

    Brady has to be nearly perfect for his team to win, no turnovers against the Bills, 37 points, and they win by 6.

    Imagine if he put up one of Eli’s statlines? 10-24, 125 yards and a pick? Or 200 yards passing, no TD’s, two picks? The Patriots lose by 100.

    Eli, meanwhile, loses by 4 against the Steelers and gets blown out by the Bungles.

  11. ohnothatguy says: Nov 12, 2012 12:00 PM

    Where was the shot? He gave him praise and didnt understand why they cut him? Dont overhype the story!!!

  12. grpatriot says: Nov 12, 2012 12:02 PM

    Scored two TD’s yesterday and how many did the Jets get on O? That’s right zero–0 nada…

  13. negaduck says: Nov 12, 2012 12:02 PM

    I’m not convinced that wondering why a team cut someone is “taking a shot” at that team.

  14. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Nov 12, 2012 12:02 PM

    Someone remind Brady that even the genius Patriots passed him over five times.

  15. jschwanny says: Nov 12, 2012 12:03 PM

    The Jets cut Woodhead because they had foolishly traded up to get Joe McKnight in the same draft. Even though Woodhead outplayed McKnight in camp, the Jets brass couldn’t admit an obvious draft day mistake – so instead they compounded that error by making another one. It’s the Jets way.

  16. grpatriot says: Nov 12, 2012 12:04 PM

    Nov 12, 2012 11:57 AM

    Because the jets and many other NFL teams don’t run a mickey mouse college offense like the patriots that’s why.

    Woodhead in a spread offense where the defense worries about everyone else other than Woodhead is fine, put him in on any other team and he’s a scrub on the practice squad.
    ——————————————————
    Yes the Jets have a Pro Offense…..lmao…worst pro offense in the league!

  17. str8up12 says: Nov 12, 2012 12:05 PM

    Seems like more of a slap at the Bills. They scored 37 points and no one played well except for the third string running back.

  18. doctorfootball says: Nov 12, 2012 12:12 PM

    Woodhead has 23 catches which is decent. But he has all of 179 rush yards. Brady makes him out to be Walter Payton. He’s a backup running back on a team that doesn’t have any talent at the position. That says that even the Pats dont think much of Woodhead. Brady’s greatness at quarterback is what makes Woodhead a decent player. He’s nothing more nothing less.

  19. profootballwalk says: Nov 12, 2012 12:12 PM

    When the Patriots got him on the practice field, they could see what he could do. That’s the difference. On the Patriots, he has a role. On the Jets, they couldn’t imagine him having a role. You don’t need to be a starter to have a valuable role. Every team has an excuse for not drafting him out of a small school. Once you see him against your own players in practice, then you should know what he could do.

  20. iprobablybangyouruglyasswife says: Nov 12, 2012 12:14 PM

    possibly the furthest thing from taking a shot i’ve ever witnessed. Screw Michael David Smith he’s a moron.

  21. flash1283 says: Nov 12, 2012 12:16 PM

    mattwalshvideo says: Nov 12, 2012 11:57 AM

    Because the jets and many other NFL teams don’t run a mickey mouse college offense like the patriots that’s why.

    ——–

    “Mickey Mouse offense” thats ranked #1 in the NFL.

    After you type then submit your comments do you ever read them and say “man that was stupid” like the rest of us?

  22. panthrobro says: Nov 12, 2012 12:19 PM

    source7769 says: Nov 12, 2012 11:52 AM

    yea he was so great of a talent he gets playing time sparingly and they drafted another rb this yr , dont make this guy out to be terrell davis hes a decent back but wouldnt be anyones featured back
    —————————————————

    Looks like you don’t understand the difference between a slot back and a running back.

  23. mhalt99 says: Nov 12, 2012 12:22 PM

    the jets owner would rather have tax cuts and the ability to hide overseas accounts than to win a super bowl……..is there anything worse that any player or analyst can say about the jets? can someone please save this franchise……Norman Braman part deuce!

  24. realdealsteel says: Nov 12, 2012 12:32 PM

    Just another mistake in the long list of mistake the Jets have recently made.

    But when the Jets clean house at the end of the season ( bye bye Rex; bye bye Sanchez) they’ll still have the real idiot who’s been sabotaging the team all these years…the GM!

    And I’m not a Jets fan but Stevie Wonder can see the GM must be fired as well if the Jets have any hopes of ever winning anything.

  25. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 12, 2012 12:33 PM

    Woodhead was a guy I was clamoring for to be on the Lions, I thought he would have been a great fit and I disagree with the RB choices we made. He was a free pickup and could have helped the team, and I don’t get why every team didn’t see a value in him.

  26. jetfanfolife says: Nov 12, 2012 12:40 PM

    Congrats Woodhead!

    You were missed by ALL Jet fans the moment you ran circles around us the first time you played against us

  27. flash1283 says: Nov 12, 2012 12:43 PM

    doctorfootball says:
    Nov 12, 2012 12:12 PM
    Woodhead has 23 catches which is decent. But he has all of 179 rush yards. Brady makes him out to be Walter Payton. He’s a backup running back on a team that doesn’t have any talent at the position. That says that even the Pats dont think much of Woodhead. Brady’s greatness at quarterback is what makes Woodhead a decent player. He’s nothing more nothing less.

    —–

    Really?

    Ridley is currently the 6th leading rusher in the NFL.
    How is that “not having talent”?

    Do you people do any research?

  28. MotorCitySteel says: Nov 12, 2012 12:44 PM

    “Woodhead has 23 catches which is decent. But he has all of 179 rush yards. Brady makes him out to be Walter Payton. He’s a backup running back on a team that doesn’t have any talent at the position. That says that even the Pats dont think much of Woodhead. Brady’s greatness at quarterback is what makes Woodhead a decent player. He’s nothing more nothing less.”
    —————————————————-Do you ever watch football? Do you know how ignorant you sound? I am not a Patriots fan, but can still appreciate how their team can use a players talent to fit what they need. Woodhead is a good example, Welker too. Maximize a players talent and minimize his short-comings. Fit the team to the player, not the player to the team. Rex Ryan is to set in his ways…needs to adjust his team to the players talent. There was no place for Woodhead, because he only saw a small RB….not a football player. Until he opens his eyes more, players will slip through his grasp. Teebow is seeing that now.

  29. jerruhjones says: Nov 12, 2012 12:46 PM

    For the same reason that Sanchez is still the starter.

  30. pats77 says: Nov 12, 2012 12:50 PM

    Because the jets and many other NFL teams don’t run a mickey mouse college offense like the patriots that’s why.
    ***********************************************
    The ‘mickey mouse’ college offense is the number one offense in the NFL. Likewise, it has been reported that several owners/GMs are interested in the college coach that taught the Pats the ‘mickey mouse’ college offense.

  31. elitekane says: Nov 12, 2012 12:57 PM

    “Because the jets and many other NFL teams don’t run a mickey mouse college offense like the patriots that’s why.”

    You know your talking about the #1 Offense in the entire NFL right?

  32. winninitall says: Nov 12, 2012 1:04 PM

    In 2008 I remember going to Hofstra to watch the jets 7 on 7 practice and this guy was clearly noticeable.

    In 2009 this kid was lighting up special teams and had fans saying who this this guy, he’s incredible. I can’t see why the Jets waived him because I always saw his potential and he showed it on those eagle preseason games. Now the pats can sit back and laugh.

  33. billsboy88 says: Nov 12, 2012 1:08 PM

    Soon as the pats picked him up I knew he would give my team headaches.

    Brady loves throwing to little shifty guys like DW. I shudder to think of what would happen if the pats draft Tavon Austin….

  34. lionsplayoffs says: Nov 12, 2012 1:09 PM

    It’s a shot because Brady hates the Jets, and never wastes an opportunity to trash them. He has said publicly that he hates the Jets. It’s a good question, but it’s definitely a shot.

  35. CKL says: Nov 12, 2012 1:17 PM

    @ lions,
    TB basically admitted he got a talking to after saying he hated the NYJ, so I doubt it. As a Pats fan, I love when the players hate the teams rivals like we fans do though.

  36. kisstherings says: Nov 12, 2012 1:22 PM

    @doctorfootball says:
    Nov 12, 2012 12:12 PM
    Woodhead has 23 catches which is decent. But he has all of 179 rush yards. Brady makes him out to be Walter Payton. He’s a backup running back on a team that doesn’t have any talent at the position. That says that even the Pats dont think much of Woodhead. Brady’s greatness at quarterback is what makes Woodhead a decent player. He’s nothing more nothing less.
    ————————————————–

    He’s not a backup RB you idiot, Vereen is. He’s the team’s 3rd down back and 2 minute drill back. He is awesome in that role and would be awesome on any team in that role. And he never made him out to be Payton. Just as usual, told it exactly how it is.

    Sorry Jets fans. This by no means was a shot, but it does give you one more thing to feel miserable about.

  37. nesuperfan says: Nov 12, 2012 1:35 PM

    Anyone, who is criticizing Woodhead’s numbers probably does not get to watch the Patriots every week. I don’t even know what his exact numbers are, but he seems to ALWAYS be there when the Pats need a huge 3rd down pickup….often more than 10 yards. Woodhead usually comes through in those situations.

  38. jolink653 says: Nov 12, 2012 1:59 PM

    Simplest way to put it: Woodhead is the new Kevin Faulk…obviously no one can replace the immortal Kevin Faulk but Woodhead has slipped into that role in which he can get you the much needed score or conversion…He doesn’t put up big numbers and isn’t flashy but he gets the job done and that’s what the Jets missed…And he’s also a good change of pace back to compliment Ridley, who is more of a bruiser than Woodhead, and also is perfect in the hurry-up offense

  39. jerseypatriot76 says: Nov 12, 2012 2:04 PM

    He’s the real Rudy. 5-foot-nothing, 100-and-nothing.

    Some players just fit some systems better than others. Woodhead is not an every down back, but he does serve a nice role as a pass catcher, blitz protector and running back in certain situations.

    He is a great story of never giving up when so many others told you that you couldn’t even play college ball let alone score a touchdown in Super Bowl XLVI.

  40. Drummond says: Nov 12, 2012 2:10 PM

    Woodhead is the new Kevin Faulk and we love him for it.

  41. harrisonhits2 says: Nov 12, 2012 2:55 PM

    Maybe had their coach not been so busy yapping up a storm to the press and guaranteeing Super Bowl wins he might have had more time to evaluate players talent properly.

  42. patriotsdefense says: Nov 12, 2012 2:56 PM

    Everyone is missing the funny part! The Jets cut Woodhead because they just used a 4th round pick on Joe McKnight and they wanted him to the third down back. Joe McKnight went 113th overall. Next pick in the draft: Aaron Hernandez.

    It’s very conceivable that both Patriots players stalwarts could be in gang green. No McKnight, they probably keep Woodhead. No McKnight, maybe they draft Hernandez.

  43. chb74 says: Nov 12, 2012 2:58 PM

    “TB basically admitted he got a talking to after saying he hated the NYJ, so I doubt it. As a Pats fan, I love when the players hate the teams rivals like we fans do though.”

    There seems to be a ‘special’ hatred for the Jets. The Pats and Colts (or, more accurately, the Brady-led Pats and Peyton-led Colts) had a heated rivalry, but with an element of mutual respect, at least from my perspective. The Pats seem to hate the Jets in a more pure, “just get out of the way” manner.

    And I like when guys like Brady and Peyton get in a couple of snarky digs while maintaining that carefully bland, courteous demeanor. It amuses me.

  44. j0esixpack says: Nov 12, 2012 3:08 PM

    Given the Patriots depth at RB it’s not inconceivable that Woodhead may face some serious competition in the offseason

    Of course if any team is smart they will seek a trade rather than compete in the free market.

  45. vincentbojackson says: Nov 12, 2012 3:22 PM

    Great pickup. Now, if the Pats could just identify some talent on the defensive side of the ball they’d be in good shape.

  46. garywheeler84 says: Nov 12, 2012 4:08 PM

    And to those who rip Woodhead, he is a playmaker, and the Jets could use a few of those.

  47. tigerlilac says: Nov 12, 2012 4:57 PM

    Not surprising that Woodhead, playing only about 17 offensive plays, scored two touchdowns and was a key to the Patriots victory on a day that the Patriots honored another role player during halftime, Kevin Faulk.

  48. tigerlilac says: Nov 12, 2012 5:08 PM

    Brady does like the short guys over the middle: (1) he gets to keep the ball low so misses are not likely to be intercepted, (2) short guys can make cuts to get open quickly, and (3) the routes may be short but they pick up YAC and move the chains

  49. sirsupersouthern says: Nov 12, 2012 5:43 PM

    Keep JaMarkus Sanchez and Joe McKnight, cut Woody. Mike Tannenbaum you are a bum! The Jets offense is a consistent source of dark comedy…

  50. billsfan1 says: Nov 12, 2012 5:51 PM

    mrconnors says:
    Nov 12, 2012 11:59 AM
    It is a joke that people compare Eli to Brady. A little different when you go against the Giants D vs the Patriots pathetic “defense”.

    Brady has to be nearly perfect for his team to win, no turnovers against the Bills, 37 points, and they win by 6.

    Imagine if he put up one of Eli’s statlines? 10-24, 125 yards and a pick? Or 200 yards passing, no TD’s, two picks? The Patriots lose by 100.

    Eli, meanwhile, loses by 4 against the Steelers and gets blown out by the Bungles.

    220 41

    Brady 0-2 vs Eli when it counts….

  51. billsfan1 says: Nov 12, 2012 5:58 PM

    Wood head would be nothing on any other team..see: Sammy Morris, Deion branch , Ben Watson, David givens Troy brown….etc…
    Wood head is nice for NE but lets not make him out to be Arian foster or CJ spiller

  52. clevername1 says: Nov 12, 2012 9:18 PM

    flash1283 says:
    Nov 12, 2012 12:43 PM

    Thank you on behalf of all football fans! I am not so sure these people watch football, let alone researching stats.

  53. geniusfan says: Nov 12, 2012 9:52 PM

    If the the Patriots had won the Super Bowl Woodhead would have been the MVP of that game not Brady.

    I love the guy he’s a great 3rd down back and has a really strong rapport with Brady which in Patriots land is a must.

  54. ephg says: Nov 12, 2012 11:20 PM

    Here is another question:
    Why did they cut Leon Washington?

  55. skinsfaninnebraska says: Nov 13, 2012 9:35 AM

    Woodhead is the type of role player that championship teams need to be successful.

    The Redskins always had them during Gibbs 1.0. Bobby Beathard was a genius at finding them, Gibbs and Richie Pettibon would coach them up a bit, and they’d contribute to winning games and Super Bowls.

  56. bigjoe2269 says: Nov 13, 2012 11:56 PM

    woodhead would be a nice change of pace player on any team but the Pats – jets didnt want to let him go but you dont cut a high draft choice like Mcknight for an undrafted “nice” player.

  57. bigjoe2269 says: Nov 14, 2012 12:01 AM

    And Brady is a classless loser – which he showed after dumping his ex while she was pregnant with his kid – so awesome she gave the kid the initials J.E.T.

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