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Thu, 20 Mar 2014 11:19:12 -0700
San Diego Chargers general manager Tom Telesco said that RB Ryan Mathews remains the team's every-down back despite the signing of RB Donald Brown in free agency. "We know Ryan is our bell cow," Telesco said. "He's our No. 1 back. He had an excellent year last year. And we all know what Danny Woodhead can do in his role. We saw that for 16 games last year. And we think Donald can come in and add to that, too, and give us some different options. And a different style, too. The more weapons we can have for Philip Rivers, the better."
Fantasy Tip: Mathews figures to be a nice RB2/3 again this year, even with Woodhead and Brown around to steal touches from him in the backfield. Mathews loses some luster in PPR leagues, however, because of the presence of the other two backs for passing situations.
Sat, 11 Jan 2014 00:25:28 -0800
Should San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) be unable to play Sunday, Jan. 12, against the Denver Broncos, RB Ronnie Brown and RB Danny Woodhead would likely split carries once again, much as they did last week when Mathews left the game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Thu, 09 Jan 2014 14:06:12 -0800
San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt said RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) "will go if he can go" against the Denver Broncos in the divisional round this weekend. RBs Danny Woodhead and Ronnie Brown would pick up the slack if Mathews can't play.
Wed, 27 Nov 2013 14:49:56 -0800
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (hamstring) missed practice Wednesday, Nov. 27, after aggravating his hamstring ailment in Week 12. Head coach Mike McCoy said Mathews still has a chance to play in Week 13 versus the Cincinnati Bengals, though.
Fantasy Tip: Don't hold out hope for Mathews. Have a backup plan in place. Even if he does play, Danny Woodhead may get the bulk of the workload. Woodhead becomes virtually a must-start, especially in point-per-reception leagues, if Mathews is inactive.
Thu, 10 Oct 2013 11:22:29 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (concussion) is not participating in practice Thursday, Oct. 10. He has not been cleared to return to the practice field.
Fantasy Tip: Mathews has been known as a slow healer, so it would not be a shock to see him sit out this weekend against the Indianapolis Colts. Danny Woodhead's matchup isn't great, but without Mathews around, it'd be hard not to find room for him in your lineup. Woodhead has much greater appeal in point-per-reception leagues.
Fri, 04 Oct 2013 13:23:55 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (hamstring) was limited in practice Friday, Oct. 4, but is probable for Week 5. It's the first time he's been on the injury report this week, and head coach Mike McCoy hinted the team was just being cautious in limiting him in practice.
Fantasy Tip: Mathews shouldn't be in any danger of missing the Week 5 game against the Oakland Raiders. The matchup is nice, but he's still more of an RB3 or flex guy. Danny Woodhead carries more value than Mathews in point-per-reception setups.
Mon, 16 Sep 2013 16:14:53 -0700
The San Diego Chargers have trusted RB Ryan Mathews despite a fumble inside the red zone in the team's Week 2 game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Mathews has now fumbled eight times in his career and three times inside the red zone. Despite his fumble last weekend, Mathews played in the second half, although RBs Danny Woodhead and Ronnie Brown split carries. Mathews was absent for the team's hurry-up drive because of his inability to prove he can hang onto the football. "You're going to play, you're going to make a mistake," head coach Mike McCoy said of his words to Mathews. "You just keep going, don't worry about the last play. Philip (Rivers) has made a mistake, there's going to be a bad call, I'll make a poor decision somewhere. You do something, keep going. The future is now, just keep playing." Mathews carried the ball 16 times for 73 yards against the Eagles.
Fantasy Tip: It's great news for Mathews owners that the new coaching staff has more patience for his ball-security issues. However, if this keeps up, Woodhead and Brown will surely see more carries. Woodhead has more upside and should be owned in most leagues, especially if it's a point-per-reception setup.
Tue, 03 Sep 2013 12:19:53 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead is being used as a slot receiver and caught two passes in his preseason debut against the Arizona Cardinals. WR Eddie Royal (lung, concussion) has been sidelined in the preseason with a bruised lung and concussion. WRs Vincent Brown and Malcom Floyd are expected to be the starting wide receivers in Week 1. Woodhead may join the offense in third-down situations, and WR Keenan Allen should mostly work out of the slot.
Sat, 24 Aug 2013 09:35:15 -0700
The San Diego Chargers are expected to use RB Danny Woodhead like they did RB Darren Sproles when he was a member of the Chargers. Woodhead is expected to be used on third downs and in the two-minute offense. He could also be used as a slot receiver at times during games.
Wed, 21 Aug 2013 14:44:37 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead (undisclosed) will be available to play in the team's third preseason game.
Mon, 12 Aug 2013 15:20:08 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead (undisclosed) is participating in practice Monday, Aug. 12. He has not practice since Friday, Aug. 2, because of an undisclosed injury.
Wed, 07 Aug 2013 13:45:34 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead (undisclosed) has not participated in practice since Friday, Aug. 2, and head coach Mike McCoy has not given a specific reason for the absence. Woodhead is not expected to play in the first preseason game.
Mon, 29 Jul 2013 12:30:42 -0700
San Diego Chargers head coach Mike McCoy said he wants to use multiple running backs this season and will use the hot hand at the position. "That's the big thing. Play the hot hand while you roll. If you've got to tap out for a play or two, we'll put the next guy in," McCoy said. RB Ryan Mathews has worked with the first-team and second-team offense during practice and is part of a rotation with RBs Danny Woodhead and Ronnie Brown.
Fantasy Tip: It would appear Mathews will be the starting running back entering the season but could lose carries to Woodhead and Brown because the coaches want to keep all three fresh. Mathews should be considered a No. 3 fantasy running back this season. Woodhead can be a No. 3 running back in point-per-reception leagues and a No. 4 running back in non-PPR leagues. Brown could be a No. 5 running back in deeper leagues.
Mon, 15 Jul 2013 18:44:54 -0700
San Diego Chargers head coach Mike McCoy wants RB Ryan Mathews to be the guy in 2013. McCoy said the depth the team added when they signed RBs Danny Woodhead and Ronnie Brown was not a reflection on Mathews. McCoy has one message for Mathews; "To have a great year and be the guy."
Wed, 26 Jun 2013 16:46:00 -0700
It seems as though the San Diego Chargers have come to grips with the fact that RB Ryan Mathews won't be the stud three-down running back they envisioned when they traded up to select him 12th overall in the 2010 NFL Draft. RB Danny Woodhead has been very impressive in offseason workouts, and The San Diego Union Tribune's Michael Gehlken thinks Woodhead will be a big part of the Bolts' running attack, taking valuable repetitions away from Mathews.
Fantasy Tip: Mathews will fall far in this year's fantasy football drafts, with good reason. He'll probably have to plummet to RB3 range to have any real profit potential, though, since Woodhead and Ronnie Brown will likely steal touches from him in passing situations.
Thu, 13 Jun 2013 10:33:33 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews said he's "been just an average back." After bulking up last year in an effort to absorb hits more effectively, he has leaned out this year while also incorporating different stretches to stay flexible. Mathews is also studying more, specifically changing and working on understanding his blocking technique.
Fantasy Tip: This doesn't protect Mathews from the presence of Danny Woodhead and Ronnie Brown, who both stand to take reps from him on passing downs. Mathews, however, could stand to make a solid fantasy profit if he falls to the middle rounds, in contrast to the early-round selections he's garnered over the early part of his career. Woodhead more so than Brown ranks as a late-board trial pick but could wind up earning handcuff designation as the year goes on. Of course, San Diego might jump into the Willis McGahee "chase," so that may change.
Wed, 12 Jun 2013 16:45:35 -0700
San Diego Chargers head coach Mike McCoy lauded RB Danny Woodhead for his versatility and expects him to be in a lot of offensive packages this coming year.
Fantasy Tip: Not to say Woodhead will be the next Darren Sproles, but the former Patriot could have flashes of pass-catching domination as he did in the AFC East. Ryan Mathews is far from a sure thing, and Ronnie Brown is merely a reserve. Count Woodhead as an intriguing PPR depth back.
Thu, 23 May 2013 22:02:08 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead looked comfortable in practice Monday, May 20, seeming to grasp the new system while appearing quick and decisive.
Fantasy Tip: Don't bank on Woodhead being used in a Darren Sproles-type role, but his changeup work behind Ryan Mathews should still produce a few weeks of PPR productivity. You'll have to do some scouting -- and read us -- for information on the best situations in which to use the fantasy depth back.
Sun, 31 Mar 2013 10:07:59 -0700
San Diego Chargers general manager Tom Telesco said RB Danny Woodhead could see time on first and second down in 2013 and will not be used as only a third-down back.
Sun, 24 Mar 2013 10:43:26 -0700
The New England Patriots were interested in re-signing RB Danny Woodhead but were not willing to pay Woodhead what he received from the San Diego Chargers.
Fri, 22 Mar 2013 08:01:07 -0700
Updating previous reports, San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead signed a two-year, $3.5 million deal with $1 million guaranteed. He received a $1 million signing bonus and will make $750,000 in 2013 and $1.75 million in 2014. If Woodhead plays at least 50 percent of the offensive snaps in either season, he earns an additional $100,000 for that season. If he plays at least 60 percent of the offensive snaps in either season, he earns an additional $200,000 for that season. That brings the maximum value of the deal to two years and $3.9 million.
Sun, 17 Mar 2013 10:28:01 -0700
The New York Jets expressed interest in San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead but decided to sign RB Mike Goodson and allowed Woodhead to sign with the Chargers.
Fri, 15 Mar 2013 11:14:19 -0700
The San Diego Chargers agreed to terms with RB Danny Woodhead (Patriots) on a two-year contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Fantasy Tip: Woodhead will likely be used in a similar role to how he was used in New England with the chance to gain some carries. It is likely Woodhead will be used to compliment Ryan Mathews.
Sat, 09 Feb 2013 17:47:46 -0800
The New England Patriots value impending free-agent RB Danny Woodhead but may not be willing to pay him what he is looking for because they have depth at the running back position.
Sat, 02 Feb 2013 11:56:42 -0800
New England Patriots impending free-agent RB Danny Woodhead said he has not thought about free agency yet and probably will not for a few more weeks. "Really, I haven't really thought about it," Woodhead said. "It's only a week and a half out about, and I still just haven't thought about it. It will play out later on. It's a month away, so it's not something I've really thought about and probably won't think about for a little while." Woodhead said he really enjoys being a member of the Patriots.
Sun, 27 Jan 2013 19:08:45 -0800
New England Patriots RB Shane Vereen has shown flashes of athleticism, speed and pass-catching ability, even though he played just 13 percent of the snaps in 2012. Fellow RB Danny Woodhead is set to become a free agent, so Vereen could be in line for a larger role next season if Woodhead is not brought back.
Sun, 27 Jan 2013 19:08:16 -0800
Impending free-agent RB Danny Woodhead (Patriots) is likely to be on the team's radar for a return in 2013, but he might be lured elsewhere in free agency if he is not re-signed before March.
Fri, 18 Jan 2013 13:19:30 -0800
New England Patriots RB Danny Woodhead (thumb) fully participated in practice Friday, Jan. 18, and is listed as probable for the AFC Championship Game.
Thu, 17 Jan 2013 14:05:21 -0800
New England Patriots RB Danny Woodhead (thumb) fully participated in practice Thursday, Jan. 17.
Wed, 16 Jan 2013 13:42:04 -0800
Updating a previous report, New England Patriots RB Danny Woodhead (thumb) was limited during practice Wednesday, Jan. 16.
Wed, 16 Jan 2013 10:13:41 -0800
New England Patriots RB Danny Woodhead (thumb) is participating during the media-access portion of practice Wednesday, Jan. 16. He is wearing a splint on his injured thumb but is not wearing a glove on his hand.
Mon, 14 Jan 2013 08:43:17 -0800
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said RB Danny Woodhead (thumb) was available to go back into the team's playoff game Sunday, Jan. 13, if needed. Woodhead should be available for the AFC Championship Game.
Mon, 14 Jan 2013 06:32:33 -0800
New England Patriots RB Danny Woodhead (thumb) should be available for the AFC Championship Game, according to a league source.
Mon, 14 Jan 2013 05:12:34 -0800
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley played in just 27 of the team's 66 offensive snaps in the AFC Divisional Round. RB Shane Vereen, in turn, saw an increase in playing time, particularly with the loss of RB Danny Woodhead (thumb) to injury.
Mon, 14 Jan 2013 05:00:48 -0800
New England Patriots RB Shane Vereen played in 38 of the team's 66 offensive snaps in the AFC Divisional Round. In the regular season, Vereen had been averaging 9.8 snaps per game; however, his increase in playing time came after RB Danny Woodhead (thumb) was knocked out on the first play with a thumb injury. Vereen is Woodhead's backup in the team's "passing back" role. He recorded 41 rushing yards and a rushing touchdowns, in addition to 83 receiving yards and two receiving scores, in the victory.
Sun, 13 Jan 2013 14:10:17 -0800
New England Patriots RB Danny Woodhead (thumb) left the Divisional Round playoff game early because of a thumb injury and is considered questionable to return.
Wed, 19 Dec 2012 14:06:00 -0800
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley was on the field for only 19 of 96 offensive snaps in Week 15, but that was mainly due to the fact that New England was down multiple scores and RB Danny Woodhead was the better option with the team needing to pass more often. RB Shane Vereen was on the field for only one play in the second quarter, fumbled, and was benched. RB Brandon Bolden has been used strictly on special teams since he returned from injury.
Sun, 16 Dec 2012 22:48:18 -0800
New England Patriots RB Danny Woodhead had 12 carries for 61 yards and two touchdowns in the Week 15 loss against the San Francisco 49ers, and he chipped in with five receptions for 23 yards.
Fantasy Tip: Woodhead took advantage of the early fumbling woes of both RBs Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen. Woodhead looks like a decent flex play in fantasy leagues heading into Week 16.
Wed, 05 Dec 2012 10:58:33 -0800
New England Patriots RB Danny Woodhead, RB Brandon Bolden, WR Donte' Stallworth and TE Aaron Hernandez could be options to return some punts since WR Julian Edelman (foot) will miss the rest of the season. WR Wes Welker is expected to be the main punt returner for the rest of the season.
Thu, 22 Nov 2012 21:02:15 -0800
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley carried 21 times for 97 yards and a touchdown in the Week 12 game against the New York Jets Thursday, Nov. 22. RB Shane Vereen carried 10 times for 42 yards, and he added two receptions for 91 yards and a score. RB Danny Woodhead also got onto the stat sheet with two runs for eight yards, and one catch for 11 yards.
Sun, 11 Nov 2012 14:51:06 -0800
New England Patriots RB Danny Woodhead rushed for 15 yards and one touchdown on one carry in Week 10 against the Buffalo Bills. He also caught four passes for 46 yards and one touchdown in the game.
Sun, 14 Oct 2012 19:39:27 -0700
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley had a team-high 34 rushing yards on 16 attempts in the Week 6 loss against the Seattle Seahawks. RB Brandon Bolden (knee) had six runs for 28 yards, but he was forced out due to a knee injury. RB Danny Woodhead also chipped in with four rushes for 25 yards, and he tacked on five catches for 46 yards.
Sun, 07 Oct 2012 20:44:55 -0700
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley carried 28 times for 151 yards and a touchdown in the Week 5 game against the Denver Broncos, and RB Brandon Bolden chipped in with 14 carries for 51 yards. RB Danny Woodhead also had seven runs for 47 yards. RB Shane Vereen had just one carry for one yard, but it was good for a score. The Patriots have rushed for more than 200 yards in consecutive games for the first time since 1978.
Mon, 24 Sep 2012 04:52:04 -0700
With the New England Patriots pressing the issue with the no-huddle offense in Week 3, it called on RB Danny Woodhead getting the majority of the snaps over RB Stevan Ridley at running back. Woodhead is considered a better option as a third down/passing back.
Sun, 23 Sep 2012 22:50:36 -0700
New England Patriots RB Danny Woodhead had a team-best 15 carries for 34 yards and a touchdown in Week 3 against the Baltimore Ravens, and he added a nine-yard reception. RB Stevan Ridley was held to 37 rushing yards on 13 carries, and he did not record any catches.
Sun, 16 Sep 2012 21:27:43 -0700
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley carried 18 times for 71 yards in Week 2 against the Arizona Cardinals, and he added three receptions for 24 yards. Backup RB Danny Woodhead had eight runs for just 18 yards, and one catch for 12 yards, as the two split the touches 21 to nine.
Sun, 12 Aug 2012 12:17:23 -0700
The New England Patriots still consider RB Danny Woodhead as the top returner even though he has not shown an explosive element in that role.
Tue, 31 Jul 2012 09:01:20 -0700
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley continues to look like the back most likely to handle the majority of the running back workload. RB Shane Vereen, also a second-year back, is still trying to work his way into a groove. Veteran Danny Woodhead appears as if he will continue to be the team's change-of-pace back.
Mon, 23 Jul 2012 20:20:44 -0700
New England Patriots RB Joseph Addai was reportedly not very impressive during the team's offseason program, and he might not be on the roster bubble. It sounds like Addai needs a strong training camp and preseason if he wants to leapfrog RBs Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen and Danny Woodhead, among others.
Mon, 23 Jul 2012 20:19:57 -0700
New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels favors the screen game, which works in the favor of RB Danny Woodhead. The diminutive back saw a decrease in touches last season, but his ability to catch out of the backfield will help his cause.