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Danny Woodhead | Running Back

Team: San Diego Chargers
Age / DOB:  (30) / 1/25/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 200
College: Chadron State
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The Union-Tribune San Diego's Michael Gehlken expects Danny Woodhead to remain "a cog" for the Chargers "on third down and in the passing game."
Woodhead missed most of last season with a severe ankle/fibula fracture, but was healthy at OTAs and by all accounts looked sharp. Although the Chargers invested a top-15 pick into Melvin Gordon, the rookie is expected to focus on early downs while Woodhead fills his usual "Sproles Role" for Philip Rivers. Woodhead caught 76 balls in 2013, finishing as a top-13 PPR back. Jul 23 - 11:11 AM

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Danny Woodhead appeared "fast and healthy" during OTAs and minicamp.

Per ESPN's Eric Williams, Melvin Gordon "proved a better pass catcher than expected, and he will be used in the passing game." But make no mistake -- Woodhead is the team's primary third-down, two-minute and possibly even red-zone back. He's just one year removed from a 76-catch, eight-touchdown season.
Jun 29 - 8:30 AM

Danny Woodhead has been one of the "pleasant surprises" for the Chargers during offseason workouts.

Woodhead is back to 100 percent after breaking his leg and ankle in Week 3 last season. He has flashed "quickness and elusiveness" at OTAs, setting himself up for a major role as the Chargers' passing back -- a role in which he caught 76 balls in in 2013. Melvin Gordon profiles as an early-down back for now.
Jun 15 - 10:38 AM

Chargers coach Mike McCoy confirmed Danny Woodhead is back to 100 percent after fracturing his ankle and fibula last Week 3.

"He looks the way (he did) the snap before he went down," McCoy said at Chargers minicamp. Woodhead could play a larger role than most anticipate this season behind rookie Melvin Gordon, whose limitations involve pass blocking and receiving. Woodhead should be very involved in San Diego's passing game.
Jun 8 - 11:14 PM

Danny Woodhead said he's "not even thinking about" his injury anymore.

Woodhead said he feels "really, really good." He suffered a nasty ankle injury early last season but that's well in the past. He'll participate in the team's offseason program without any restrictions. The 30-year-old should safely return as the Chargers' passing-down specialist this season.
Apr 19 - 11:53 AM

Danny Woodhead (fractured fibula/ankle) is "ahead of schedule" and on track to make a "full recovery."

The injury was a bad one, but happened early enough last year that Woodhead should have a chance to participate in OTAs. An oft-used passing-down back in Mike McCoy's offense, Woodhead could be a value pick late in 2015 PPR drafts. We've seen Woodhead last until the 20th (last) round of early MFL10s.
Mar 7 - 4:36 PM

Danny Woodhead needs surgery on his fractured fibula and ankle and will be lost for the rest of the season.

With Ryan Mathews (knee) out 3-4 more weeks, the Bolts will keep Donald Brown in a workhorse role. They could turn to UDFA Branden Oliver as Woodhead's passing-back replacement, and perhaps promote Marion Grice from the practice squad. Woodhead's loss is a blow to San Diego's passing game, but Oliver showed some Sprolesian flashes in the preseason. Woodhead will turn 30 next January. The Chargers signed him to a new three-year deal late this summer.
Mon, Sep 22, 2014 04:45:00 PM

A source tells FOX Sports that Danny Woodhead will likely need season-ending surgery on his ankle.

Woodhead reportedly suffered a severe high ankle sprain with a fractured fibula during Sunday's Week 3 win at Buffalo. It's an underrated and major loss for the Chargers, especially with Ryan Mathews (knee) expected out another 3-4 weeks. Look for more heavy volume for Donald Brown, with Branden Oliver mixing in as well.
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 06:18:00 PM

Chargers coach Mike McCoy said Danny Woodhead (ankle) would undergo further testing on Sunday night.

Woodhead was carted off the field after his first carry of the Chargers' Week 3 game. His ankle was caught up under a tackler's arm on the play, and he was quickly ruled out for the day. The Chargers have not given an official diagnosis, but the injury looked to be severe.
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 04:32:00 PM

Danny Woodhead was carted off the field after suffering an ankle injury against the Bills.

Woodhead's ankle bent awkwardly underneath him as he was tackled on his first carry of the game. He is out for the rest of the game. Donald Brown and rookie Branden Oliver will see extensive work with Woodhead sidelined.
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 01:14:00 PM

RB Danny Woodhead has been listed as the starting running back for the Chargers against the Bills Week 3.

Donald Brown is expected to take over most of Ryan Mathews' (knee) early-down work, but Woodhead should have a big role as well. Brown is the still the superior fantasy play, but both players are startable in every format.
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 12:07:00 PM

The Union-Tribune San Diego suggests Danny Woodhead's role may not change much despite Ryan Mathews' multi-week knee injury.

Specifically, beat reporter Michael Gehlken anticipates Donald Brown "absorbing the bulk" of Mathews' old early-down work, while Woodhead "remain(s) in a role fairly similar to the one he currently occupies." Woodhead has led San Diego's backfield snaps in each of the first two weeks, but only has 18 touches to show for it. The superior fantasy bet will be Brown, although Woodhead will certainly be on the radar as a flex option in PPR leagues.
Mon, Sep 15, 2014 02:17:00 PM

Danny Woodhead rushed eight times for 32 yards in San Diego's Week 2 win over the Seahawks, adding four catches for an additional 28 yards.

A typical day at the office for the Chargers' change-of-pace/passing-down back, though his role could be expanding with Ryan Mathews awaiting an MRI on his knee. Were Mathews to miss time, we'd expect Donald Brown to carry the mail on early downs, but for Woodhead to exceed the 11.4 touches he averaged in 2013. He'd be an RB3 in standard leagues, and legit RB2 in PPR formats.
Sun, Sep 14, 2014 07:53:00 PM

Danny Woodhead managed five yards on six carries in the Chargers' Week 1 loss to the Cardinals.

Woodhead caught his lone target in the passing game for a six-yard gain. It was a disappointing night from Woodhead, with the Cardinals playing Larry Foote and Kevin Minter at inside linebacker. Foote, however, was a one-man wrecking crew. Better days are ahead for Woodhead, but he's merely a FLEX option.
Tue, Sep 9, 2014 02:17:00 AM

Danny Woodhead rushed for 16 yards on four carries and caught two passes for 11 yards in Sunday's third preseason game against the 49ers.

Woodhead worked in on third downs and in passing situations behind Ryan Mathews. After three preseason contests, Woodhead has totaled 89 yards on 16 touches. He'll fill the role as the Chargers' passing-down back again this season. Woodhead is merely a FLEX option but could offer RB2 production in PPR formats.
Sun, Aug 24, 2014 06:02:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Philip Rivers
2Kellen Clemens
3Brad Sorensen
RB1Melvin Gordon
2Danny Woodhead
3Branden Oliver
4Donald Brown
GLB1Melvin Gordon
2Branden Oliver
3RB1Danny Woodhead
2Melvin Gordon
FB1David Johnson
WR11Keenan Allen
2Stevie Johnson
3Dontrelle Inman
WR21Malcom Floyd
2Jacoby Jones
3Austin Pettis
4Javontee Herndon
WR31Stevie Johnson
TE1Antonio Gates
2Ladarius Green
3John Phillips
4Kyle Miller
5Brian Parker
K1Nick Novak
2Josh Lambo