One of the game's better third-down backs is switching coasts. Former Patriots running back Danny Woodhead signed with the Chargers on Friday. ESPNBoston's Mike Reiss was the first to report the deal, and a source tells him that Woodhead was given a two-year contract. Woodhead caught 40 passes last season and has averaged 4.8 yards per carry throughout his career. He is 28 years old.
Although Woodhead will remain PPR-worthy in San Diego, this move hurts Ryan Mathews ' fantasy value more than helps Woodhead's. Mathews just hasn't been able to stay healthy, and the Chargers will probably look to Woodhead to be their near-exclusive third-down back. Mathews didn't get a whole lot of work on third downs anyway last season, but Woodhead could eat into his workload as a runner as well. The Patriots must be ready to roll with Shane Vereen as the complement to Stevan Ridley.