San Diego Chargers 2013 Breakout Candidate: Danny Woodhead

By Nick Mamary
Joe Toth-USA TODAY Sports

Being overlooked is something that San Diego Chargers running back Danny Woodhead is used to by now.

Coming out of NCAA Division II Chadron State, he went without be chosen in 2008’s NFL Draft. When it comes to physical size, Woodhead also does not come across as a particularly imposing figure on the field. The New York Jets actually once set him aside in 2010 for former USC standout Joe Mcknight. What followed was a productive stint with bitter AFC East rival New England Patriots.

Standing at 5-foot-8, this running back is capable of ducking under defenders, which shows he can use this lack of height to his advantage. Woodhead has obtained 1,263 yards during his career and demonstrated himself to be a hardworking individual. Grinding out tough yards up the middle was also a staple of his game, while 40 receptions and three receiving touchdowns last year shows versatility as to what he can do on the field.

Although he is a solid, dynamic player New England thought there were better options on their roster.

Woodhead found a scenario where opportunity is greater signing with the Chargers. Starter Ryan Mathews has never appeared in all 16 games before. Edwin Baker was a seventh-round pick in 2012, and spent most of last year on the practice squad. Ronnie Brown could be valuable but may not have too much left.

San Diego has Woodhead listed as no. 2, and I look for him to have a major impact on the Chargers’ offense in his return.

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