It was last season that the San Diego Chargers expected running back Ryan Mathews to become one of the breakout stars in the league, but Mathews was simply unable to stay healthy (yet again) and that prevented him from ever emerging as the players the Chargers hoped he would be.
Now, San Diego has a new weapon at the position with former New York Jets and New England Patriots running back Danny Woodhead. Mathews may not be working out, but the Chargers have big hopes for Woodhead.
According to UT-San Diego’s Michael Gehlken, there is a strong belief in the organization that Mathews will never break out and that Woodhead will have a big role in the team’s offense moving forward.
“So Woodhead is going to be a big part of this thing,” Gehlken said. “Woodhead is just better in a lot of areas than Ryan Mathews.”
Woodhead’s versatility outside of the backfield can be huge for the Chargers. This team is looking to groom young offensive weapons and Woodhead would be an exciting option for Philip Rivers.
It’s just another offseason with big hopes for a Chargers back, so let’s see if this one can live up to the preseason buzz.