An undrafted RB in 2009, the 5’9″ Danny Woodhead is one of the NFL’s most popular underdogs.
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San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead said that he feels fully recovered from his season-ending injury from the 2014 season and is “hungry” to rejoin the team in 2015.
“I feel really, really good,” Woodhead told the Chargers’ official website. “I really do. As far as the injury goes, that is something I’m not even thinking about. I’m thinking about trying to get better. I’m focusing on working on what I can do to be better than I was last year. Obviously I wasn’t able to play a lot of games, so I should say I want to be better than I was that first season here.”
Woodhead attended Chadron State in college and finished his career as one of the best offensive players in NCAA history, but he went undrafted in 2008 and didn’t see his first NFL action until 2009 with the New York Jets. Woodhead joined the Patriots in 2010 and had three successful years as a pass catcher out of the backfield. He joined the Patriots on their 2011 AFC Championship team.
Woodhead joined the San Diego Chargers in 2013 and set a career high with 1,034 yards from scrimmage and a career high 8 TDs. But in 2014, he suffered a terrible leg injury to his fibula and ankle which required surgery and ended his season after just three games.
“It’s been a long process,” Woodhead admitted of his rehab. “But definitely it makes you hungrier when the game is taken away. It makes you realize how blessed you are to play it. Not that I didn’t understand that before, but when it is taken away for such a long amount of time, it makes you even hungrier. You miss being out there with your brothers. I’m excited for this season. I’m always excited, but my mentality might even be younger and hungrier than ever before.”
With the departure of former starting RB Ryan Mathews, who signed with the Philadelphia Eagles, Woodhead joins the unproven Branden Oliver and former draft bust Donald Brown in the competition for the Chargers’ starting RB position.