Danny Woodhead: New England Patriots Find a Diamond in the Rough

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Danny Woodhead: New England Patriots Find a Diamond in the Rough
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The Bill Belichick-era New England Patriots are famous for getting the most out of the undrafted and unwanted, but this is getting ridiculous: Who in blazes is Danny Woodhead?

When Woodhead scored on an 11-yard reception from quarterback Tom Brady to give the Pats a two-score lead in the third quarter of Monday night's win over the Dolphins, he may have also received the mantra of Belichick's least likely success story. Only time will tell how much staying power he will have, of course, but his two touchdowns in two games as a Patriot augur well.

Woodhead (finally) gained some measure of notoriety this summer, when he was featured prominently on HBO's Hard Knocks and became a Rex Ryan darling. The Jets cut him, however, and by Week 3, Woodhead had surfaced with the Patriots.

Woodhead is an extraordinarily accomplished back, an NCAA record holder, a scrappy, but gifted 25-year-old. So, why haven't we ever heard of him? Read on.

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