After being cast off from the New York Jets early in the 2010 season, the Patriots took a chance on Danny Woodhead, and turned the former NCAA Division II player into a solid utility back and a fan favorite.
Woodhead played 14 games in 2010 with New England, rushing for 547 yards and gaining 379 receiving yards. An average season in 2011, coupled with the emergence of Steven Ridley and Shane Vereen in the running game in 2012 led to a reduced role for Woodhead. Woodhead did catch 40 passes for 446 yards in 2012, but by the end of the season it was clear that Ridley and Vereen had taken over the running game.
In March, Woodhead signed with the San Diego Chargers.