Danny Woodhead is Patriots X Factor

My apperication for Danny Woodhead has grown over the course of the season, and he has quickly become one of my favorite players to watch. Danny Woodhead has been more then solid this season for the New England Patriots, regardless, if he is catching passes or lining up as a running back, especially in the second half of the season. Woodhead is an X factor for New England this post season because teams will focus on the tight ends, Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd, and Steven Ridley. Woodhead has 7 total touchdowns this season for New England, 4 rushing touchdowns, and 3 receiving touchdowns. Woodhead hasn’t been targeted as much as the other receivers, or getting to rush the ball as much as the other RB, but when he does get his touches, he makes the most of them. Woodhead is hard for defensive players to see and catch when he takes off running because of his size, and speed to hit the gap in the running lanes, and he can slash through the defensive players like a slippery rubber duck nobody can hold onto.

Against one of the toughest defenses in the NFL, Ridley and Vereen both put the ball on the ground against the 49ners, so Danny Woodhead got the bulk of the carries for the remainder of the game, and he helped Tom Brady lead an unbelievable comeback. Now Brady did the comeback, and it was one of the best comeback by QB I have ever personally seen, even though the Patriots lost, Brady’s performance shouldn’t be over looked, but Woodhead was the second best player in that game. He scored two rushing touchdowns against the 49ners defense. The first game against the Bills, Woodhead got in the end zone via the receiving game, and the second time he took on the Bills, he scored twice, once through the air, and another on the ground.

Danny Woodhead can run, catch, and block. He can come in on any moment’s notice and excel for New England, no matter his size, Danny Woodhead is New England’s Mr. Reliable. Woodhead, the littlest guy on the team, might just be the Patriots biggest X factor this post season.

 


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