Saturday, September 18, 2010
Report: Pats add possible spy in Woodhead
By Tim Graham
Whether he plays a down for the New England Patriots on Sunday, this reported move at least should give New York Jets coach Rex Ryan that much more to worry about when his head hits the pillow Saturday night.
Boston Herald beat writer Ian R. Rapoport reports the Patriots have signed running back Danny Woodhead, whom the Jets released this week.
The Patriots had room on their 53-man roster after trading running back Laurence Maroney on Tuesday.
Woodhead was a popular Jet because he played much bigger than his listed 5-foot-9 frame. Ryan loved him, but had to make a move to get speedy receiver David Clowney back on the roster after Monday night's offensive debacle against the Baltimore Ravens.
Think Patriots head coach Bill Belichick will pump Woodhead for Jets intel?
Woodhead wasn't around long enough to get the Jets' specific game plan for the Patriots on Sunday at the Meadowlands. But he did spend the entire summer, training camp and all four preseason games with the Jets.
An overachiever like Woodhead, who had scrap to make the team, must have studied his playbook intently. You better believe he knows how the Jets' offense works, and since teams do install game plans for early opponents during training camp, he probably picked up on a few ideas the Jets want to apply.