The Buffalo Bills are prepping for a season in which their offense has a few questions. Will running backs Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller stay healthy? Will E.J. Manuel start at quarterback? If so, will he impress?
One of the questions that has appeared to have been answered after the 2013 NFL Draft is who will step into the role of the number two starting wide receiver. In the second round of the draft, the Bills selected Robert Woods out of USC who has emerged as the favorite to start alongside Stevie Johnson.
In his most recent season with the Trojans, Woods caught 76 passes for 846 yards and 11 touchdowns. In spring practices, Woods was said to have solid route running skills and began to understand the offense very quickly.
Woods had been labeled as one of the more NFL-ready wide receivers coming out of college this year and has proved just that in practices so far. The coaches have seen a guy who is more concerned about doing the right thing, running crisp routes and getting open than he is about touching the ball.
According to the team’s website, Woods had this to say recently in regards to his summer:
“Just going hard, making sure I don’t have any mental mistakes. Just compete on every play and try to be open on every play whether the ball is thrown to me or not it’s on film and coach can see it, quarterbacks can see it and they can maybe come my way later.
“But I’m just trying to do my assignment, work on myself and hopefully that helps make the team better.”
It sounds like the Bills have gotten themselves not only a talented young man at the position, but a very intelligent one at that.