Danny Woodhead caught on at an early age. He credits his father for that. The running back was raised in North Platte, a small Nebraska railroad town where his dad was a high school wide receivers coach. As such, Woodhead was often reminded the importance of using his hands, not his body, to complete a reception. Those hands led him here. Woodhead signed a two-year contract Wednesday afternoon with the Chargers. The deal, agreed upon March 15, was finalized upon the front office's return from the NFL's annual meeting in Phoenix. The team values Woodhead's all-around football ability; his receiving skill, however, separates him from most others at the position. He caught 40 passes for 446 yards and three touchdowns in 2012 with the Patriots. The average of 11.2 yards per reception paced all eligible NFL running backs, "(My dad) would always say if the ball touches your fingers, you should catch it," Woodhead said. "I don't know about that one. Sorry, Dad. ... I'm excited. It's great to have the bolt on." The 28-year-old has 265 career rushes for 1,263 yards and 10 touchdowns. He is expected to see an active role in passing situations, but that'll work itself out over the course of OTAs and training camp. Woodhead said he hadn't put much thought into a rule change NFL coaches passed hours earlier. It makes it illegal for running backs to lead with the crown of their helmet into defenders when inside the tackle box.
Danny Woodhead has father to thank
San Diego Union-Tribune | Mar 20