Say it ain’t so, ol’ Danny boy. New England’s very own Benjamin Button has left.
The Chargers have signed Danny Woodhead to a two-year deal, according to ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss. He’ll now depart for a far sunnier location with better, um, scenery while being an instant upgrade over Ronnie Brown as a receiver in the flats on passing downs.
That’s always primarily been Woodhead’s game: acting as a short-yardage safety option, and creating after catching swing passes in the backfield. It’s what led to 446 receiving yards this past season, and three touchdowns on 40 receptions. His pass-catching ability is what consistently leads to Woodhead being a deep point-per-reception league fantasy option, especially as a sneaky little flex play.
He’s not entirely one dimensional, though, as despite being buried on the Patriots’ depth chart behind Shane Vereen and Steven Ridley — and for a time even Brandon Bolden — Woodhead still accumulated 301 rushing yards, even with only 76 carries over the entire season.
Another little bonus from both a reality and fantasy perspective is that anytime the Chargers acquire anyone who’s reliable enough and can be trusted to keep Ryan Mathews fresh, that’s a beautiful thing.