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Danny Woodhead Steals the Show
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It was only one carry – and his only touch of the entire night – but with a quick cut and burst into the end zone, Danny Woodhead was the feel good story of the preseason opener.
“It was great to see the little fellow run between the tackles again,” D.J. Fluker simply said, summing up the sentiment in the locker room.
The last time Woodhead touched the ball came almost 11 months ago on Sept. 21 in Buffalo, and ended with him being carted off with a broken ankle.
“It was awesome,” said Philip Rivers. “We had talked about going to him all week. If we got into the red zone, we were going to run it. Whichever back was in there, we were going to hand it off and see if we could run it into the end zone. (Woodhead) has looked good all camp. I know how I and the rest of our team feels about how much we missed him last year, and he looked great. He had to make a quick cut right out of the backfield and then he was able to get in the end zone. He was excited so I know it felt good for him. It’s been a long time since he carried (the ball) in a game, so that part was a highlight for certain.”
Two years ago, Woodhead was the glue to the Bolts’ high powered attack.
Now he hopes to pick up where he left off after missing nearly the entire 2014 campaign.
Like Rivers, Head Coach Mike McCoy couldn’t hide how much it meant to not only have Woodhead back on the field, but to see him find pay dirt.
While his teammates gushed about his touchdown and what he means to the Chargers, Woodhead was his typical self. One of the most humble players in the league, the running back stressed how the offensive line made his job easy while praising the running back group as a whole.
“I feel really good,” he said. “It’s been a long process, but I feel really good. It was great to get out there and get in the end zone….Whenever we go in we think we’ve got a good guy in there. It doesn’t matter who it is. We’re a very unselfish group, and that’s what you want; a bunch of guys who are about the team and not about themselves. That’s what we have, and we’re very fortunate with the guys we have.” Read