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Danny Woodhead's Versatility Shines

Posted Sep 29, 2013

Danny Woodhead's versatility proved critical in the Chargers' victory over the Cowboys.

Ever since the moment Danny Woodhead signed with the Chargers back in March, the coaching staff and players spoke glowingly about the dynamic impact the running back was bringing to the team.

Four games into the season it’s apparent how vital his versatility is to the team, none more so than in Sunday’s 30-21 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. Woodhead had a career-high two touchdown catches as well as five catches for 54 yards and five rushes for 32 yards. He scored the first touchdown of the game on a career-long 26-yard reception in the right corner of the end zone. Woodhead followed that up by adding a 13-yard score on a wheel-route to kick off the second half.

But it wasn’t just the scores that made him so valuable. The running back was crucial in pass game because of his blocking, and he did damage on the ground too.

"It's a good thing anytime I can help my team out," he said. "But that can also be blocking. It can be running the ball. Whatever it is, I’m going to go out and try to do it…That’s part of being a running back in the NFL (these days). You have to be able to do everything. You have to be able to catch the ball. You have to be able to run the ball. You have to be able to block. I’m just trying to do that to the best of my best abilities. Hopefully, I’m doing that well enough every single play."

While everyone was quick to heap praise on Woodhead, and rightfully so, he was equally fast to credit his teammates.

“Let’s not forget about the ten other guys on the field doing their job,” he said. “If those ten guys don’t do their job, that’s not going to happen. That’s the great thing about football; it’s a team game. We were able to put things together and put enough points on the board."

Normally, most running backs catch passes as a check down option out of the backfield. That’s not the case for Woodhead today as he ran deep down field numerous times. After the game, Philip Rivers was raving about all the ways Woodhead contributes to the offense.

“Danny’s funny because in a lot of ways he looks like a wide receiver the way he runs routes and the way he catches the ball,” he said. “But, he’s a heck of a running back as you see. I was handing it to him. You get him matched up there on a linebacker on a go route. It’s not a ball you throw very often but when it comes up, you’ve got to take advantage of it. Get him on a wheel route down there in the red zone matched up on a linebacker, and they kind of busted it I think. I know a lot of you heard me say how excited I was about him all offseason. He’s been everything I certainly expected and hoped for these first four weeks of the season."

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