FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Former Jets running back Danny Woodhead had every opportunity to say "I told you so" after the Patriots' 45-3 win over his old team at Gillette Stadium Monday night. But the diminutive Woodhead, now a fixture in the Patriots' backfield, was diplomatic.
"We won the game, and any time you win the game, that's the most important thing," he said. "I'm not too worried about who it's against, but it was a big win."
Woodhead, who was released by the Jets after a Week 1 loss to the Ravens and then signed by the Patriots before they faced the Jets the following week, has carved out a niche in the New England offense with his shifty moves and hard-running style.
Woodhead wound up with two carries for 11 yards and four catches for 104 yards, including a 50-yarder off a shovel pass late in the third quarter to set up a Patriots touchdown early in the fourth that made it 38-3.
"It was just something that we ended up falling into, and it ended up working and obviously we're happy when something like that happens," Woodhead said. "It was a play where my linemen made a couple of great blocks, the receivers made a great block. All I really needed to do was run the ball."
Woodhead said he didn't really think about any of the hype surrounding Jets-Patriots.
"The hype is not really a big deal for this team," he said. "We're not really worried about that. We're worried about going to work every single day and getting ready and preparing so on a night like this, we can come out and do our best."
Asked if he ever looked to the Jets' sideline to reflect on just how far he has come, Woodhead shook his head no.
"This is where I am," said the 5-8 running back, who played college football for Division II Chadron State in Nebraska. "I'm a New England Patriot. Was I over there at one time? Yeah, but that isn't something I dwell on, or ever want to dwell on, because that's not who I am now. I'm a New England Patriot and that's the most important thing. I'm going to do my best for this team."