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 headed 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.
In other AFC West notes:
I think Geoff Schwartz's addition in Kansas City is good for 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 San Francisco Chronicle reports 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.