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Danny Woodhead Announces His Retirement From The NFL

Robert Alvarez
March 17, 2018 at 2:04 pm ET

After 10 professional seasons in the NFL includng three seasons with the New England Patriots, running back Danny Woodhead has decided to retire following his release from the Baltimore Ravens on March 13th.

Woodhead averaged 15 games played over his first five seasons in the NFL with the New York Jets, New England Patriots and San DIego Chargers, but three of his final four seasons were plagued with injuries.

In 2016 Woodhead tore his ACL in Week Two and missed the whole season, a year later in 2017  Woodhead was again placed on Injured Reserve in September with a hamstring injury he suffered on the opening drive of the season but returned for the final eight games.

Some of Woodhead’s best career highlights came during his tenure with the Patriots, including a breakout season in 2010 that saw him play in 14 games and log 97 carries for 547 yards with five rushing touchdowns. He also caught 34 passes for 379 yards and one receiving touchdown that season.

In 2011, Woodhead caught the Patriots first touchdown of the game in Super Bowl XLVI against the New York Giants.

On Instagram Friday night, Woodhead relased a statement thanking the fans, players, and coaches that helped make his NFL career possible.

10 years! Wow, God had crazy plans for a small little kid from North Platte, NE! It’s been a wild ride and feel so blessed He allowed me to do what I loved for so long. But now it’s time to say goodbye to the game I love. First, I want to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Without Him my career wouldn’t have been possible. He blessed me with the gifts and He paved the way. All I had to do was follow His plans for my life, and His plans were crazy awesome! Next, I want to thank my wife who has been by my side since freshman year of high school. She has been a rock through all the ups and downs. Sis, Willy, Mae Mae, and Hopie your daddy is going to be home a ton more and I can’t wait! Thanks to my Dad and Mom for always supporting me and showing me that God is first, then everything else will fall into place. Ben, Joel, and Anna thanks for preparing me for the NFL in our backyard games growing up. The dreaded in-laws Steve and Suzie for always being there for me. Chris Gittings (agent) you’re the best and thankful your my brother/uncle! Thank you Jets, Patriots, Chargers, and Ravens! Thanks to all my head coaches (Bob Zohner, Brad Smith, Bill O’Boyle, Eric Mangini, Rex Ryan, Bill Belichick, Mike McCoy, and John Harbaugh) who believed in me! To my rbs coaches (coach skiles, coach reiners, Jimmy Raye, A Lynn, Ivan, Ollie, Ridge, and Thomas) thanks for putting up with me. Thanks to all my teammates from high school till now. Without you guys I never would’ve become who I was as a player. To all my olinemen, you guys deserve the credit for anything that I received credit for. I thank you for helping make my career. To all the trainers, team docs, strength coaches, chiropractors, massage therapists, physical therapists, body gurus thanks for making sure I was on the field. To all the people who made my life easier at the facility (ops, pr, equipment staff, cafe workers, custodians) thanks and your work doesn’t go unnoticed. And how could i forget all my fans?! You’re the best and have always felt the love and support! I’m sure I’ve forgotten a few but know that I’m thankful for everything everyone has done on my journey.

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Jeff Fisher Struggles To Name Patriots Running Backs

Robert Alvarez
November 30, 2016 at 3:09 pm ET

During a conference call with the New England Patriots media on Wednesday, Los Angeles Rams head coach Jeff Fisher made some confusing remarks in regards to the Patriots running back corps.

It all started when Fisher was asked a question about the Patriots three top backs, LeGarrette Blount, James White and Dion Lewis.

“Well, they’re all different,” said Fisher. “I have a place in my heart for LeGarrette, because I gave him a start, and I have great respect for him. He’s a big back, and he’s hard to get down. And as they rotate through, different guys play in different situations, and they do a good job with it. He knows where the ball’s going to go, and the guys are very, very disciplined. “I’ve been impressed with Brandon and what he’s done out of the backfield. You’ve got to deal with him, in addition to Danny. You’ve got playmakers all around, so we have to play sound defense.”

Danny? As in Danny Woodhead who was released from the Patriots in 2013 and is currently out for the season in San Diego?

Upon further research, Fisher even played against Woodhead’s current team in 2014.

It didn’t end there. Fisher then went on to say, “I’ve been impressed with Brandon and what he’s done out of the backfield. You’ve got to deal with him, in addition to Danny. You’ve got playmakers all around, so we have to play sound defense.”

Brandon? As in special teamer Brandon Bolden who hasn’t seen a carry in an NFL game since Week 4?

While it is entirely possible Fisher was thinking the of the right players but saying their names wrong, it is not the best look for a coach who’s team is currently 4-7 and is only four days away from kickoff. Rams fans can only hope he wasn’t watching tape from the 2012 Patriots.

In his last two meetings versus New England, Fisher has been outscored 104-7, including the memorable 59-0 snow bowl thrashing in his last appearance in Foxboro back in 2009.

MNF: Steelers at Chargers Preview, Prediction and Pick Against the Spread

John Morgan
October 12, 2015 at 1:10 pm ET

Despite an abundance of injuries, NFL week five’s Monday night football game should be a good one. Although the two clubs are just 2-2, the San Diego Chargers and Pittsburgh Steelers both have legitimate playoff aspirations for this 2015 season. Pittsburgh is coming off a 23-20 home overtime loss to the Ravens a week ago Thursday, while the Chargers eked out a 30-27 home victory over the Browns last Sunday. Both teams are currently 2-2 and are seeking to keep within two games of undefeated leaders in their respective divisions (the 5-0 Denver Broncos and Cincinnati Bengals). Game kicks off at 8:30 pm eastern time and is broadcast on ESPN.

 

San Diego entered the week with the NFL’s number one offense (since surpassed by the Patriots), averaging 421 yards per game. Quarterback Philip Rivers has single handily carried the Charger offense, completing 71% of his throws and averaging 312 passing yards per game. San Diego will be without three starters on offense: LT King Dunlap (concussion), LG Orlando Franklin (ankle) and WR Stevie Johnson (hamstring), and has five other starting or key offensive players injured (C Chris Watt, RG D.J. Fluker, OL Chris Hairston, WR Jacoby Jones, WR Malcom Floyd). The Chargers do get TE Antonio Gates back after serving a four-game suspension for a banned substance, but the biggest obstacle for San Diego will be giving Rivers a clean pocket behind a banged-up makeshift offensive line.

 

The Pittsburgh secondary has improved since the debacle against the Patriots in week one, but it is still a work in progress. That group has been helped out by an effective pass rush; the Steeler front seven versus San Diego’s o-line will be the key to the game. If Rivers has enough time he is capable of torching the Pittsburgh defensive backfield with throws to Gates, WR Keenan Allen (33 receptions for 387 yards and 3 TD) and old friend Danny Woodhead (16 catches for 203 yards; 347 yards from scrimmage and 7.1 yards per touch).

 

The Steelers will have had 11 days to get Michael Vick acclimated to the offense, so he should be more productive than he was a week ago. With Antonio Bryant (an NFL-best 119.5 yards receiving per game) on the field, San Diego cannot focus on stopping RB Le’Veon Bell. Bell is averaging 4.7 yards per carry and 95.5 yards rushing per game, and should feast on a San Diego defense that is allowing 4.9 Yards per carry (third worst in the NFL).

 

Both the Steelers and Ravens have had a tendency to let down and underachieve in games after they play each other; we saw a glimpse of that Sunday when Baltimore was defeated at home by the Cleveland Browns. Add in OC Todd Haley‘s often perplexing and overly conservative play calling, and Pittsburgh is far from a lock to win this game – despite San Diego’s woes on defense (they have allowed at least 24 points in every game thus far) and their MASH-unit of an offensive line. The Steelers are 2-7 west of the Rockies in the Mike Tomlin era; the last time Pittsburgh won a game in the pacific time zone was ten years ago. To get an idea of how long ago that was, Ben Roethlisberger was in his second year in the NFL.

 

Prediction: I don’t feel strongly either way in this game; it’s easy to find reasons why either team should win (or lose). I’ll go with the Chargers to win, but Pittsburgh keeping it close enough to cover before a Tomlin brain cramp gives the game away.

 

Pick: Chargers 27, Steelers 24

Steelers +3½; over 45½; Steelers +155