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Tom Telesco likes what Danny Woodhead brings to the Chargers’ offense

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On a conference call with Chargers season-ticket holders Wednesday, general manager Tom Telesco called running back Danny Woodhead both a “dynamic runner in space” and an “underrated” pass blocker.

The takeaway? The Chargers seem likely to get Woodhead involved in the offense, and potentially in a variety of ways.

“We were looking to add playmakers on offense, and he’s one of those guys that when the ball gets in his hands, he’s got some magic to him,” Telesco said. “So he’s going to be a fun player to watch during the season.”

Telesco said the club would “probably have some packages and plays that are specifically for” the former Patriots back.

According to Pro Football Focus, Woodhead averaged 401.7 snaps the last three regular seasons in the Patriots’ backfield rotation. He figures as a primary backup to Ryan Mathews, who has missed time in each of his first three NFL seasons because of injuries, and he broke both clavicles in 2012.

In March, Mathews told NFL Network he had to “stop taking so many hits” in an effort to decrease the risk of injury, suggesting he had to do a better job of avoid some collisions.

On Wednesday, Telesco said Mathews, a former Pro Bowler, is at full strength after the injuries of a season ago.

“He’s healthy right now, and we’re expecting big things from him this year,” Telesco said.

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10 Responses to “Tom Telesco likes what Danny Woodhead brings to the Chargers’ offense”
  1. ampats says: May 2, 2013 7:53 AM

    Woody is great team player and all around person. Chargers got a good player for their team.

  2. laxcoach37 says: May 2, 2013 8:43 AM

    Danny Woodhead is nothing without Brady’s offense. I am not a fan of either team, but any yardage he got was because defenses focused on the primary weapons like Welker, Ridley, Gronk, Hernandez, etc. this guy was the decoy or the last check-down.

  3. nfloracle says: May 2, 2013 10:11 AM

    There are few players more fun to watch than Danny Woodhead. I hope the Chargers use him a lot this year.

  4. fringetastic says: May 2, 2013 11:07 AM

    There’s a subtle distinction between “He’s healthy right now” and “He’s healthy now”, but I think it gets at what they really expect…

  5. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: May 2, 2013 11:29 AM

    He’s going to get pummeled in the AFC West.

  6. uwsptke says: May 2, 2013 12:08 PM

    When the heck was Ryan Mathews a Pro Bowler?

  7. cliverush says: May 2, 2013 12:19 PM

    Woody is a player who will take advantage of good blocking. He reads the field better than most. He can work a draw with great success due to his ability to block for the QB. Lot of skill.

  8. jjljr says: May 2, 2013 1:18 PM

    after seeing the video of him working in the sporting goods store — trying to sell his jersey! — it’s pretty-easy to root for Danny Woodhead. I hope he’s able to do well in SD.

  9. CKL says: May 2, 2013 1:31 PM

    laxcoach37 says:
    May 2, 2013 8:43 AM
    Danny Woodhead is nothing without Brady’s offense. I am not a fan of either team, but any yardage he got was because defenses focused on the primary weapons like Welker, Ridley, Gronk, Hernandez, etc. this guy was the decoy or the last check-down.
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    No doubt Woodhead is a complementary player, but this is flat wrong. There were a lot of times the Pats O got bogged down and DW came in and got them going. I love the kid and SD will too. I wish him well.

  10. surfinbird1 says: May 2, 2013 1:38 PM

    Wish the Pats had held on to him.

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