Danny Woodhead helps Patriots a tiny bit

September, 26, 2010
9/26/10
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The problem with tackling Danny Woodhead is you have to find him first.

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Woodhead, the undersized overachiever, scored his first NFL touchdown Sunday in the New England Patriots' 38-30 victory over the Buffalo Bills in Gillette Stadium.

Woodhead ran three times for 42 yards. Because of his size, the word "scamper" will be used a lot to describe his 22-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady half-jokingly (I assume) was asked if Woodhead is unstoppable.

"If you can see him back there," Brady replied. "It's hard. He crouches down. He's tucked in there behind the center."

Woodhead is listed at 5-foot-9 and 200 pounds, diminutive for an NFL running back regardless of how many records he shattered at Division II Chadron State. He's in his third pro season, but Sunday was just his 12th NFL game after two seasons on and off the New York Jets' roster.

Woodhead joined the Patriots eight days before his debut with them Sunday. He was pressed into service because Kevin Faulk is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.

"He did great," Brady said of Woodhead. "What an impressive performance for a guy who's been here for 10 minutes."

The Bills were impressed with Woodhead, too.

"He's a lot like having a [Wes] Welker in the backfield," Bills linebacker Andra Davis said. "We didn't know a lot about him coming into the game, but we saw him warming up before the game, and then after that first run you could tell he was a quick short little guy."

The Jets cut Woodhead after their season-opening loss to the Baltimore Ravens because they thought they needed more help at receiver and brought back David Clowney.

"More than anything, it was good to help the team out," Woodhead said of finally getting into the end zone. "I'm not so concerned with getting my touchdown or whatever. I'm more concerned with getting the victory. We got the victory, that's the most important thing."

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