Woodhead to be "big part of this thing"-- Thu Jun 27 1:55 pm --
Ex-Pats RB impressive in spring practices
The new regime has talked up Ryan Mathews as a potential "bellcow back" who needs more help from the offensive line and a bigger role in the passing game. The front office's actions suggest otherwise. With veteran Ronnie Brown already on the roster, the Bolts signed passing-down specialist Danny Woodhead away from the New England Patriots. Outside of Vincent Brown and perhaps Philip Rivers, Woodhead was the Chargers' most impressive player in spring practices.
So Woodhead is going to be a big part of this thing," UT-San Diego's Michael Gehlken said. "Woodhead is just better in a lot of areas than Ryan Mathews." (NFL.com)
FF Today's Take:Mathews himself said this offseason he has been an average back through three NFL seasons. Woodhead is ideally only a third-down back since he doesn't have the size or ability to do more than split carries with Mathews for a full season, but there is a pretty good chance the former Patriot takes half of the touches in the Chargers backfield if Mathews isn't a little better than "average" this season.