Running back Danny Woodhead, though small, was known for his blocking ability when he was with the New England Patriots. Woodhead signed with the San Diego Chargers this off season, and it looks like he is getting the same recognition, at least according to UT San Diego columnist Kevin Acee.
I'll be shocked if Danny Woodhead doesn't play vast majority of third downs. More to do with his knowledge & ability blocking than anything.
— UTKevinAcee (@UTKevinAcee) June 12, 2013
This is an indirect shot at starting running back Ryan Mathews. Now in his fourth year, Mathews still lacks the instincts to be a good pass blocker. Naturally he would always be yanked on third down as he was seen as a liability to quarterback Philip Rivers (don’t worry Mathews, that whole offensive line was seen as a liability last year).
The Chargers are hoping to use Woodhead in the same fashion they used Darren Sproles when he was on the team. The team hopes with quick screen passes and good pass blocking, it will take the pressure of the leaky offensive line and more importantly, Rivers.