Danny Woodhead fills a role in San Diego

March, 15, 2013
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Wes Welker isn’t the only Tom Brady toy to join the AFC West this week. Running back Danny Woodhead has signed with the San Diego Chargers.

While Woodhead’s impact in San Diego very likely won’t match Welker’s in Denver, he should help the Chargers’ offense.

I wouldn’t necessarily say this is the end of the Chargers’ running back search. I think they will still look for a big complement to Ryan Mathews. Still, Woodhead is a nice gift for quarterback Philip Rivers.

The smallish Woodhead can fill sort of a Darren Sproles role in San Diego. Rivers loved dumping off to Sproles and exploiting the bubble screen. That has been missed in San Diego. Woodhead can bring a screen-pass element to the Chargers.

He had 40 catches for the Patriots last season and added 301 yards on the ground. Woodhead is a tough player who is good in the red zone.

Again, this isn’t an earth-shattering move. But it is a role-filling move by the new San Diego regime that is quietly adding some nice, impressive pieces.

UPDATE: Here is Matt Williamson's, of Scouts Inc., thought on the Woodhead signing: “They certainly needed a complement for Mathews and I would think the new coaching staff has a plan in place as to how to best use Woodhead’s versatility. He is a good addition if used right and not overused.

In other AFC West notes:

I think the addition of Geoff Schwartz in Kansas City is good for O-line depth. He could compete with Jeff Allen or play right tackle if the team doesn’t take Luke Joeckel at No. 1 in the draft. It beefs up the line.

The Cardinals cut QB Kevin Kolb. Because the Chiefs added backup Chase Daniel, that would make a reunion of Kolb and new Chiefs coach Andy Reid highly unlikely. When Reid was with the Eagles, he drafted Kolb.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that linebacker Dan Connor, cut by Dallas, has left Oakland without a deal. That doesn’t necessarily mean he won’t sign. But Oakland has signed two starting linebackers, so Connor would be getting a backup deal there. Connor will visit the Giants.

In a radio interview, Kansas City QB Alex Smith and WR Dwayne Bowe talk about what is ahead.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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