Danny Woodhead, Denver Broncos 2017 free agent fit?


With Mike McCoy now coaching the offense, could Danny Woodhead be the perfect role player in the Denver Broncos’ offense?

Now that the Denver Broncos have hired Mike McCoy to be their offensive coordinator, it stands to reason he could start bringing some of his friends along with him. One player that could make some sense for the Broncos in free agency is 31-year old Danny Woodhead, who is a running back by trade but has been incredibly productive as a receiver throughout his career.

Woodhead suffered a season ending injury after two games this season, and certainly has some baggage as far as his injury history, but played a full 16 game slate as recently as 2015 when he was spectacular for the Chargers.

With C.J. Anderson returning from injury and Devontae Booker still part of the team’s long-term plans at running back, Denver doesn’t necessarily need another featured back in their offense. They need someone who can be versatile, who can play on three downs and for someone like Woodhead, you have the versatility of flexing him out into the slot and playing him as a receiver.

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As we’ve seen throughout his career, Woodhead is a phenomenal player with the ball in his hands, making this a reasonable move for John Elway and the Broncos to make on a one- or two-year deal at a decent price.

Woodhead would also bring another veteran presence to the Denver offense, and someone who can help with tendencies or terminology in Mike McCoy’s offense. In his last full season (2015), Woodhead scored nine total touchdowns (three rushing, six receiving) on his way to arguably the best overall season of his NFL career with 80 receptions for 755 yards.

That kind of dynamic presence in the passing game is what Woodhead offers, and is someone that could really help push this Denver offense over the top. For a young quarterback, a player like Woodhead that can make plays after the catch could be an excellent fit for a year or two.