Saturday, October 17, 2009

Meet the newest new receiver on the Jets: #83 Danny Woodhead

Many of you may have read that the Jets started working out RB Danny Woodheaad at receiver this week. With Jerricho Cotchery and Brad Smith's statuses for tomorrow's game against Buffalo in serious doubt, they decided to give the former Chadrom State star a shot at receiver. He even changed his number to 83 to reflect the change. Chansi who?

Now, it appears Woodhead will finally get his chance in an actual game. Today, the Jets promoted him to the active roster. Woodhead may work out of the slot next to the likely starters Braylon Edwards and David Clowney. He's a tough, shifty kid with good hands and good speed, and with the Jets now facing a ton of depth at RB and very little at WR, they decided to make the change.

Will he play right away? My guess is yes. If Cotchery and Smith are unable to go as expected, that leaves Edwards, Clowney, and Wallace Wright as the only receivers on the roster. Sure, Leon Washington can line up wide, but Woodhead gives them a lot more options, and they wouldn't have called him up if they didn't plan on playing him. The only other explanation is that they felt he was too valuable to leave exposed on the practice squad, but the timing of the move dictates otherwise. The team loved what they saw from him in preseason and were waiting to give him an opportunity. Tomorrow, he should get his first chance.

UPDATE (5:55 PM): To make room for Woodhead, the Jets released DL Howard Green. Sione Pouha reclaimed the backup NT job after a brief push by Green, so he was expendable.