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By PFW staff

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and director of player personel Nick Caserio hinted on Tuesday that newly acquired RB-WR Danny Woodhead could replace injured RB Kevin Faulk as the team's new third-down back.

Belichick and Caserio spoke to reporters before reports surfaced that Faulk had torn his ACL and will miss the rest of the 2010 season.

When asked if Woodhead could be a third-down back like he was with the Jets, Belichick responded, "Yes, that's exactly what he did. He actually made (the Jets) as a receiver and played kind of in between receiver and a sub back for the Jets. I'd say that's the type of player he is."

"Each of the past two preseasons, he's been productive when he's been on the field. He's played multiple positions. He's short, but I wouldn't say that he's necessarily small ... he's a shorter, stockier-type build," said Caserio. "He's a really productive player."

The way we see it

Acquiring Woodhead just one day before their game against his former team, the Jets, looks to be more than just a gamesmanship-type move by Belichick. With Faulk out for the rest of the season, the Patriots will likely try to get Woodhead involved often at practice this week before Sunday's game against the Bills. Week Three's game could be a good opportunity to try things out with the versatile Woodhead as the Patriots are heavy favorites against Buffalo.

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