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Danny Woodhead shows flashes of his old form in opener

Danny Woodhead

AP

Danny Woodhead proved two years ago he was more than a mascot.

Last night, he proved he’s on his way back.

The Chargers running back, who missed most of last year with a broken leg, scored a touchdown on his only carry of the night. That was enough for a team that missed his effort and productivity last year.

It was great to see the little fellow run between the tackles again,” D.J. Fluker said, via the team’s official website.

Woodhead made a one-cut-and-go move to walk into the end zone against the Cowboys, sparking hope that he’d return to the form he showed in 2013. Then, he caught 76 passes, and finished the year with 1,296 all-purpose yards and eight touchdowns.

That and his diminutive stature made him a cult hero, and he was in old form last night, making sure to thank his linemen like a good cult hero should.

“I feel really good,” he said. “It’s been a long process, but I feel really good. It was great to get out there and get in the end zone, . . . Whenever we go in we think we’ve got a good guy in there. It doesn’t matter who it is. We’re a very unselfish group, and that’s what you want; a bunch of guys who are about the team and not about themselves. That’s what we have, and we’re very fortunate with the guys we have.”

And the Chargers are fortunate to have him back, after losing running back Ryan Mathews in free agency to the Eagles.