WR Robert Woods - Los Angeles Rams
|6-1, 201||Born: 4-10-1992||College: Southern California||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2013|
2019 Week 1 vs CAR (13 / 8 / 70 / 0 rec, 2 / 16 / 0 rush)
Woods was the central figure in the Rams passing game against Carolina, seeing a team-high 13 targets. Despite the usage, Woods was limited to short range targets outside of a wide-open opportunity downfield, which Jared Goff airmailed over Woods. The veteran receiver logged two drops to temper his overall performance, a clunky one for the Rams passing game overall. Woods added two rushing attempts, including a surprising inside run design. Woods rarely left the field with a 95% snap share as the Rams had three receives all log at least 90% of the snaps.
2019 Week 2 vs NO (2 / 2 / 33 / 0 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
Woods' offensive involvement shriveled against the Saints after a hearty 13 targets in Week 1. Woods took a jet sweep for a solid gain on the ground, but his looks as a receiver were minimal. Woods converted a deeper crossing route and took advantage for strong blocking on a screen pass for nearly 20 yards. Woods drew a defensive pass interference penalty and had a red zone touchdown called back by penalty.
2019 Week 3 vs CLE (8 / 3 / 40 / 0 rec, 2 / 18 / 0 rush)
Woods was active in the run game for a third straight game in addition to his hearty targets as a traditional receiver. Woods has five rushes through three games and logged 15+ yards on a reverse against the Browns. Woods had a deep comeback route of note, but mainly operated within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage. Cooper Kupp and Brandin Cooks dominated targets this week and Woods did not see any optimal looks for scoring chances or big plays.
2019 Week 4 vs TB (15 / 13 / 164 / 0 rec)
Woods nearly set a new career high for receiving yards with a monster 164-yard performance against the Buccaneers. The Rams threw an unreal 68 passes in the comeback effort and Woods was unstoppable on intermediate routes. Woods' highlight catch came on a laser throw by Jared Goff on a deep out route for nearly 40 yards. Despite the 13 receptions, Woods did not sniff the end zone and remains curiously scoreless on the season despite 26 catches overall.
2019 Week 5 vs SEA (9 / 5 / 48 / 0 rec)
After exploding for a monster game last week, Woods came back to reality in the road loss to Seattle despite nine targets and the team throwing 49 passes overall. Woods came close to a bigger game with a drop and a deep out in the end zone reviewed, but ultimately ruled incomplete, as a potential touchdown. Woods' successful efforts were mainly short hitch and out routes as Cooper Kupp and Gerald Everett collected the strong yards-after-catch opportunities this week.
2019 Week 6 vs SF (4 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 2 / 16 / 1 rush)
Woods quizzically did not find the box score with a reception in the loss to the 49ers. However, Woods had two rushing attempts on the opening drive of the game, including an end around red zone touchdown to cap off the lone scoring drive for the Rams. After 32 targets over the past three games, Woods saw a mere four this week and his struggles to create separation and any significant gain paralleled that of the entire Rams offense.
2019 Week 7 vs ATL (7 / 5 / 80 / 0 rec, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
After a notable passing game shutout for Woods last week on four targets, Woods led the Rams in receiving (80 yards) in the blowout win over Atlanta. Woods hearty seven targets included the entire route tree from short-game yards-after-the-catch to a deep crossing route and full-extension grab down to the goal line. Woods had a diving drop for his lone missed opportunity for additional yardage in an otherwise clean performance. Woods has yet to find the end zone this season, spanning 36 receptions with the Bengals' suspect pass defense next in Week 8.
2019 Week 8 vs CIN (2 / 2 / 36 / 0 rec, 4 / 6 / 0 rush)
Woods saw a mere two targets even with Brandin Cooks missing most of the game with a concussion against the Bengals. Woods caught his lone big-play opportunity, a play-action flat route for 30 yards into the open field. However, Woods was used also like a running back for a chunk of the game for the second time in three games, accruing four rushing attempts without much fanfare. Josh Reynolds benefited from Cooks' absence and Cooper Kupp logged a monster game as Woods lacked involvement.
2019 Week 10 vs PIT (11 / 7 / 95 / 0 rec)
While Woods has still not found the end zone on 45 receptions this season, he was peppered with 11 targets against the Steelers as Cooper Kupp was shut out. Woods did not get started until the second quarter, but logged three significant catches in the game. Woods controlled a deep out target to convert third-and-long but a big-time contested catch later. Finally, Woods had a sliding deep comeback reception for another highlight moment. Woods had a 20+ yard reception called back by penalty which would have pushed his game total well beyond 100 yards.
2019 Week 12 vs BAL (9 / 6 / 97 / 0 rec)
Woods returned to the lineup after missing Week 12 to lead the Rams in receiving in what was a lost game against red hot Ravens. Woods dominated late in the game with garbage time production, including one of the few strong plays for the Rams on offense. Woods shook free after a hitch route for more than 35 yards of yards after catch. Woods had a long touchdown opportunity, but Jared Goff overthrew Woods, which would have pushed Woods well beyond 100 yards and added a score for the game tally.
2019 Week 13 vs ARI (19 / 13 / 172 / 0 rec)
Woods saw an unreal 19 targets in the Rams' blowout win over Arizona. Woods had more than half of his receptions in the first quarter alone with several screen passes littered throughout his performance. Woods was notably stuffed on two third-down screens, including one in the red zone and later for a big loss off a tipped pass. Beyond the quick game, Woods added a high point reception and a diving catch amidst his career day. Quizzically, Woods has yet to find the end zone through the air this season despite a quality 64-835 stat line and pushing for a 1,000-yard campaign.
2019 Week 14 vs SEA (9 / 7 / 98 / 1 rec, 2 / 29 / 0 rush)
Woods continued his strong volume, seeing another nine targets against Seattle, by far the most of any Rams' wide receiver. Woods thrived with the rollout designs for Jared Goff, gaining after-the-catch yardage on most receptions. Woods added a rollout goal line touchdown and a jeet sweet on the ground for more than 10 yards. The lone demerit for Woods was stopping on a crossing route and turning a Goff target into an interception returned for a touchdown. A stingy Cowboys matchup is up next for Woods in Week 15 to continue his four-game streak of at least 95 yards.
2018 Week 1 vs OAK (9 / 3 / 37 / 0 rec, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Overall, it was a very quiet day for Woods, especially in the first half. The team looked to get Cooks more involved as the primary receiver early. In the late third/early fourth quarters, the Rams finally started going to Woods on shot plays. He beat the defense over the top on a Post that was slightly overthrown by Goff. Woods might have been slowed up a step because the Post broke in the dirt infield at Oakland's stadium. Goff just missed him again on (another) very open Play Action Deep Over that was thrown slightly behind and above his head. The pass was not accurate, but was potentially catchable. Two plays later, Goff overthrew him again on a Deep Post off Play Action. These were all potentially huge plays that were all open that were all just missed.
2018 Week 2 vs ARI (9 / 6 / 81 / 0 rec)
Woods continues to be extremely reliable for the Rams offense and for the second week in a row, just missed out on some huge plays that would have really exploded his statline. The Rams made a more concerted effort to get him more involved in the game early this week. He had the most beautiful catch of any Rams WR so far this season on a back-shoulder slot fade against the safety, where he climbed the ladder, high-pointed the ball, maintained possession through contact with the DB and the ground. He was the recipient of an almost-TD that was just a hair overthrown on a wide open 9 route in the 4th quarter (coverage bust).
2018 Week 3 vs LAC (11 / 10 / 104 / 2 rec, 3 / 13 / 0 rush)
Robert Woods has been flying under the radar for the Rams offense, despite being a few near misses away from being their most productive receiver on the season. Goff opened the game up looking for Woods early with two targets on the first drive, the first being a beautifully thrown intermediate Dig route. He consistently gets positive yardage on Jet Sweeps. He won't likely break many for big plays but did pick up 15 yards on one that was called back for a holding penalty. He continued being targeted heavily in the first quarter, scoring a TD on a quick hitch with about a minute left in the 1st qtr. He did have some negative plays - during the two minute drill he was called for OPI (blocking downfield) on a target to Gerald Everett and he was called for a ticky-tack hold that brought back a big Todd Gurley screen pass. Both of his touchdowns came on quick passes inside the five yard line.
2018 Week 4 vs MIN (5 / 5 / 101 / 1 rec)
Woods only had 5 catches on the day, but all of them were for seemingly huge chunk plays. He had two big receptions running rounded Dig over the middle off of play-action. The run fake sucked everyone up over the middle of the field. Woods turned Trae Waynes completely around on the in cut on the first one. His touchdown catch was beautifully schemed. The Rams did something rare and got outside of their 11 personnel and lined up in 13 personnel. Before the snap, they shifted to an Empty formation ñ the three tight ends formed Trips to the Field with Gurley at X and Woods at Slot to the boundary. This personnel grouping and shift got Woods matched up down the seam against linebacker Anthony Barr. Goff looked right to the trips to get the safety to flow that way and came back to hit Woods streaking down the seam for a touchdown.
2018 Week 5 vs SEA (7 / 5 / 92 / 0 rec, 2 / 53 / 0 rush)
Woods was having a quiet day overall in the first half. He did have a target for a 30 yard catch-and-run slant on 3rd and 6. He broke safety's tackle attempt in the open field and got big yards after the catch. He got big YAC again on a short pass over the middle in the 2 minute drill - a 16 yard catch and run. He carried the offense in the second half after Cooks and Kupp went down. He had the biggest play of the game - a 56 yard run on a Jet Sweep in the second quarter. Later in the drive, he drew a Pass Interference penalty on a critical 4th and 2 deep in Seattle territory. Gurley ended the drive with a short touchdown run. On the next offensive possession, with the Rams down 31-30 in the fourth quarter, Woods had short catches that he turned into 20 and 17 yard gains on consecutive plays. The Rams drive did eventually stall out but they were able to kick the game-winning field goal.
2018 Week 6 vs DEN (10 / 7 / 109 / 0 rec, 1 / 12 / 0 rush)
Woods is so consistent and dependable. Other than one deep catch by Cooks in the first quarter, Woods carried the pass offense almost by himself. Whether it's precision routes - like 15 yard gain on an out-and-in route on the second offensive play - or using his YAC skills (like on a 38 yard catch and run on a Shallow Cross), or being a tenacious run blocker, he does so many things to help the Rams offense. His volume figures to remain extremely steady, especially with Kupp figuring to miss a few weeks after his knee injury.
2018 Week 7 vs SF (7 / 5 / 78 / 0 rec, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Woods and Cooks made their mark running Deep Crosses over and over for big gains against San Francisco. He had a big time conversion on 3rd and 12 on the second drive, where he ran an In Cut and settled to be wide open in the middle of the defense for a gain of 21. He has been money on this route/concept all season long. He caught another Deep Cross off play action early in the 2nd quarter - wide open for a 32 yard gain.
2018 Week 8 vs GB (7 / 5 / 70 / 0 rec)
Woods had a catch and run backside slant off an under center Packaged Play/RPO where Gurley ran inside zone to the strongside. He opened up the next drive with an intermediate Dig route off play action, making the catch in a very tight window in the middle of the field. He had a huge 3rd down conversion on the Rams' third scoring drive of the game, a quick hit route from the slot where he got wide open vs a Green Bay blitz. A few plays later, he picked up 19 on a Deep Over route that was actually pretty well covered, but Goff made a great throw and led Woods open into grass.
2018 Week 9 vs NO (9 / 5 / 71 / 0 rec, 2 / 4 / 0 rush)
Woods was not a primary target on the day, but did his usual great work over the middle of the field on in-breaking routes. Goff's interception attempt did come on an inside-breaking Woods target. The two have been money on them all season, but with the Rams finally down, Goff got too aggressive and didn't see the linebacker float in front of Woods in zone.
2018 Week 10 vs SEA (5 / 4 / 89 / 0 rec, 3 / 17 / 0 rush)
He got involved in a couple of very well-designed runs on the second drive. The first, a true end around pitch (not the usual Jet Sweep they run to Woods) where he gained 9 yards. A few plays later, the Rams motioned fullback and actually ran a fullback trap with him that gained 14 yards. It was the best play of the NFL season so far. Had the most important reception of the day for the Rams - a huge 3rd and 15 conversion on - you guessed it - a deep in-cut over the middle of the field. He hit it again on the first play of the first drive of the 4th quarter. The Seahawks had tried on an onside kick right before, so this Woods reception set the Rams up at the Seahawks 24 yard line.
2018 Week 11 vs KC (11 / 4 / 72 / 1 rec)
The defender drew a (bogus) unnecessary roughness penalty on Woods' catch attempt in the redzone. The Rams went back to him on the very next play for a touchdown pass on a slower developing Shallow Cross, where he easily gained separation from the DB over the middle of the field. Had a huge Deep Over route that he might have scored on, but Goff threw it slightly behind him and he had to jump and spin backwards to bring it in. He was wide open on the play. He was wide open for a potential touchdown catch on a vertical route in the third quarter. He simply dusted and ran right by his man, but Goff overthrew the ball.
2018 Week 13 vs DET (9 / 5 / 67 / 1 rec, 2 / 11 / 0 rush)
His first target came on a Shallow Cross on 3rd and 3. The defensive back took him down with the ball in the air, drawing the flag and converting the first down off of penalty. On his next target he ran a deep Comeback along the right sideline. The corner actually played well in man coverage and contested the catch. Hew was the recipient of a nasty hit in the second quarter, as Goff was pressured and threw him a hospital ball on the run - a Deep Over that was high and behind Woods. He got his hands on it and was immediately smacked by the defender while in the air. The team leaned on Gurley to take them down the field for the drive, and Woods capped it off with a touchdown on a Shallow Cross from inside the 10 yard line where he easily just ran away from the defender on him in man coverage.
2018 Week 14 vs CHI (13 / 7 / 61 / 0 rec)
Woods' 13 targets nearly doubled any other Rams player in the offensive dud performance against the Bears. Woods had two of the highlight passing games for the Rams in a game where few moments could be found. Woods ripped off a huge gain after-the-catch into scoring range after a crossing route and earlier in the game made a nice low grab on a deep comeback route. Woods was also stuffed on a screen pass and added a drop. Despite the season-high 13 targets, Woods' 61 yards was his lowest total since Week 1. Woods surpassed 1,000 yards on the season, by far a career high, and faces an ideal bounce-back opponent in the Eagles next week.
2018 Week 15 vs PHI (9 / 7 / 74 / 0 rec, 1 / 19 / 0 rush)
He's clearly the best receiver on the Rams, but he isn't capable of carrying a passing game and struggling quarterback by himself. He killed a potential scoring drive in the second quarter by getting called for offensive pass interference while blocking for a Brandin Cooks screen pass. The penalty was a killer - moving the Rams from 1st and 10 at the 14 to 1st and 20 at the 24 yard line. The drive stalled and ended with a field goal.
2018 Week 16 vs ARI (7 / 6 / 89 / 1 rec, 2 / 15 / 1 rush)
Woods got a trio of targets in a row on the Rams' second drive. The first was almost a deep touchdown reception that was just slightly underthrown. The route was fairly well covered, the ball just would have been needed to be placed in an absolutely perfect spot over Woods' outside shoulder. He did beat his man and got deep in the 4th quarter on a Deep Corner route. He completely dusted the corner in man coverage at the top of his route and got wide open, beating the single high safety who was in pursuit to the endzone.
2018 Week 17 vs SF (3 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Woods had a very quiet day overall, touching the ball just three times. Cooks and Reynolds were the bigger recipients in the pass game this week, especially with the Rams jumping out to such a huge lead early and not needing to gas up their pass game.
2018 Week 19 vs DAL (8 / 6 / 69 / 0 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
Woods was overall the most productive receiver for the Rams. However, the passing game featured such a conservative overall gameplan that none of the receivers did much on the stat sheet. Woods did his damage doing what he does every week - in cuts off of vertical stems into the middle of the field.
2018 Week 20 vs NO (10 / 6 / 33 / 0 rec, 2 / -3 / 0 rush)
Woods caught the first pass of the games for the Rams, a quick Flat route from the slot off of play action. Goff flat out missed him for a potential big conversion on third down early in the game - an area of the field that the two have excelled at all year. The tried going to him right out of the gate in the second half. The first target was a screen pass that lost 4 yards. On the next play (3rd down) Goff tried going to Woods over the middle of the field, but his arm was hit as he threw and the pass wasn't even close. He could have had the go-ahead touchdown at the end of the 4th quarter had he been able to keep his feet on a slightly off-frame Slant pass.
2017 Week 1 vs IND (5 / 3 / 53 / 0 rec)
Robert Woods was a surprise in this game as he was involved in down-field routes compared to his history as a possession receiver. Woods was able to connect with Goff on a deep crossing route in which Goff was able to hit him on the run for 27 yards. Woods led the wide receivers in snap counts as he was on the field for 66% of the offensive plays which is very encouraging moving forward for Woods.
2017 Week 2 vs WAS (4 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Robert Woods was largely a non-factor in this game as even though he had four targets, he was often facing tight coverage and was only able to connect on one of those for eight yards. Woods was still on the field for 90% of the plays as his run blocking skills will keep him on the field for a majority of the plays and should continue to get his share of targets.
2017 Week 3 vs SF (7 / 6 / 108 / 0 rec)
Robert Woods continues to lead this team in snaps as he has the led the receiving group in snaps every week this season largely due to his impressive run blocking ability. Although Woods was unable to find the end zone in this game, he had several nice receptions including a 25 yard reception in which he caught the ball five yards down the field made a defender miss and almost ended up scoring before being tackled inside the ten yard line. Woods also added a 31 yard reception.
2017 Week 4 vs DAL (6 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Robert Woods continues to be on the field for a significant portion of the team's snaps as he once again was on the field for 86% of the teams snaps as the team loves his blocking ability. While the team took a few shots down the field to Woods, they were largely unsuccessful as he only caught two of his six targets although one of those was a 19-yard completion in the fourth quarter that setup an important field goal for the Rams.
2017 Week 5 vs SEA (8 / 5 / 66 / 0 rec, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
Woods quietly had a very solid game and has emerged as a favorite target for Goff. Woods is listed ahead of Tavon Austin for the second wide receiver spot on the Rams depth chart and it showed with his eight targets on the day. Woods was able to shake his defender for 20-yards on the game's final drive to give the Rams 3 shots at the end zone from the 20-yard line. The only thing that would have made the play better would have been if Woods had gotten out of bounds. As teams focus on Tavon Austin and Sammy Watkins, Woods should have more opportunities for the rest of the season.
2017 Week 6 vs JAX (7 / 5 / 70 / 0 rec)
Robert Woods was one of the few bright spots in the passing game this week as he was matched up against Jalen Ramsey who prior to this game had been one of the best cornerbacks in football. Woods led the wide receivers in snaps this week as he was on the field for 88% of the plays and lined up at several different positions trying to capitalize on the best matchup as he faced all three of the Jaguars corners. Woods did fumble on a 20-yard reception over the middle in which he found a week spot in coverage only to be tackled from behind to fumble the football.
2017 Week 7 vs ARI (7 / 5 / 59 / 0 rec, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
Woods continues to be one of the favorite targets in this offense as he was targeted seven times in this game. Woods' role and value continues to be a possession receiver between the 20-yard lines as he has just three red zone targets so far this season which ranked 124th in the NFL so far this season. Woods lined up opposite of Patrick Peterson going up against Tramon Williams and was able to deliver on the positive matchup as he was able to get separation against the new cornerback for the Cardinals in this game.
2017 Week 9 vs NYG (5 / 4 / 70 / 2 rec)
Robert Woods once again led the team in snaps as he was on the field for 70% of the teams plays in this game as he is a vital part of this offense as a blocker and a possession receiver, however in this game he showed an ability to find the end zone which is something he has not done this season as he scored his first two touchdowns as a Rams receiver in this game. Woods had one of the best runs of this game as he caught the ball one yard behind the line of scrimmage and ran the ball 52 yards without getting touched by the Giants on a 3rd and 33 play early in the second quarter that set the tone of the entire game. Woods showed a burst on that play that we have not always seen from the receiver. Woods was able to find the end zone for a second time in the third quarter on a crossing route in which he was uncovered for a five-yard pass for the score.
2017 Week 10 vs HOU (10 / 8 / 171 / 2 rec)
Robert Woods had the game of his career so far as he was able to show off his speed on a 94-yard pass reception in which the team utilized a play-action pass for Woods to use his speed to get behind Johnathan Joseph. Woods later scored a second touchdown on a creative play call in which Woods started in motion as if he was going to do an end around, he quickly stopped and then went back the direction that he came from as the play was being snapped. Goff hit him on the pass and Woods was able to find the end zone.
2017 Week 11 vs MIN (11 / 8 / 81 / 0 rec)
Robert Woods continues to emerge as the primary receiver on this Rams team as he once again had a terrific game in a tough matchup in which he saw 11 targets. Woods has come to be the most reliable and the primary receiver in this offense over the past few weeks and has shown that he can perform in tough matchups as he did against Patrick Peterson and now Xavier Rhodes. Woods did leave this game with a shoulder injury and is expected to miss several weeks which is a crushing blow to this offense.
2017 Week 15 vs SEA (7 / 6 / 45 / 1 rec)
It was not the most productive day for any receiver in the Rams offense this week, but Woods continues to be Jared Goff's favorite target. Despite trading for Sammy Watkins, it has been Woods that has taken over in the receiving core. Woods was rewarded this week with a 1-yard touchdown catch on a simple quick out route. Todd Gurley had just been stopped on the 1-yard line after already scoring twice from the same spot. Goff faked to Gurley up the middle and found Woods wide open to continue the blowout. Woods did not see a lot of work outside of that and his longest play of the day was 14 yards. Receivers do not need to do very much when you have a running back that goes for over 150 yards and 4 total touchdowns.
2017 Week 16 vs TEN (8 / 3 / 33 / 0 rec)
Robert Woods was largely a non-factor in this game as the team tried to get him involved but was largely unable to in this game as Woods and Goff were not on the same page for most of this game. Woods still saw 8 targets in this game so continue to expect him to be involved in future weeks but this was a week in which Woods and Goff were not on the same page.
2017 Week 18 vs ATL (14 / 9 / 142 / 0 rec)
Robert Woods was tremendous in this game as he was a major reason that this game remained close as Gurley struggled in the first half. Woods got back to the role that he was playing pre-injury in which he was more than just a possession receiver as he was also running deep routes down the field and was the primary focus lining up on the right side of the field which is Goff's preferred side to throw from. Woods' best catch of the day was a full-extension diving catch with 35 seconds left in the first quarter for a 40-yard completion that set the Rams up for a field goal right before the end of the half.
2016 Week 1 vs BAL (5 / 4 / 20 / 0 rec)
Robert Woods has locked in the WR spot opposite Sammy Watkins. He was utilized as a sideline receiver and displayed great awareness keeping his feet inbounds while making catches. He was less aware with the ball actually in his hands, stepping out of bounds while trying to juke a defender for a few extra yards. But that misstep will not cost him his position. If the Bills' offense explodes or if Watkins is held out for medical issues, Woods could be in a great position to step up. However, it must be noted that LeSean McCoy and Charles Clay are bigger receiving threats in this offense and will get their chances first.
2016 Week 2 vs NYJ (2 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Robert Woods was irrelevant in this game. His only reception was on the last play and he immediately lateraled to Marquise Goodwin.
2016 Week 3 vs ARI (8 / 6 / 51 / 0 rec)
With Sammy Watkins and Greg Salas both out, Robert Woods became the de facto #1 WR. With the most targets in the game for the Bills, Woods put up another decent game. His best play was escaping a hold and then making a diving catch for first down. Woods keeps chugging along as a competent (but not great) receiver.
2016 Week 4 vs NE (10 / 7 / 89 / 0 rec)
With Sammy Watkins possibly out for the season, Robert Woods is now the #1 WR for the Bills. In a game where Taylor threw 39 times, Woods was targeted 10 times with two other WR splitting 5 targets each. With the exception of one "catch and lunge" to convert, Woods was not able to break many tackles after catching the ball. However, he threatened to get free multiple times. If Woods can manage to shed some tackles, his yardage totals will increase even further. On the other hand, as the season goes on and teams put their best CB on him, it will be difficult for Woods to be a game-changer.
2016 Week 5 vs LA (6 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec)
Robert Woods almost had a great day but it was ruined by both Tyrod Taylor's mistakes and his own. After adjusting his route in the endzone, Woods was almost able to come down with a TD pass but didn't manage to tap his feet in bounds on a very difficult catch. When Taylor was later looking for an open receiver, Woods dropped an open-field pass. But the biggest of the day came on a play in which Woods blew by his defender and was five yards clear with an easy trip to the endzone. A terrible pass by Taylor was overthrown and it was far out of reach of the diving Woods. Everything wasn't bad for Woods though. He was able to climb a ladder in order to convert a 3rd down on a high Taylor pass. The Bills will not be a passing team but Woods remains the best of a poor crop.
2016 Week 6 vs SF (6 / 5 / 44 / 1 rec, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Robert Woods maintained his position as #1 WR. There were multiple times when defenders played loose, essentially letting Woods catch the ball. But when the defense was playing him tighter, Woods was able to use some moves to get himself open. This can be seen best in his TD catch. His one negative on the night was a hold that wiped out a great Tyrod Taylor run.
2016 Week 8 vs NE (7 / 4 / 50 / 0 rec)
Robert Woods had a slow start to the game while still dealing with his foot injury. He started getting targeted late in the game with the Bills behind and needing to pass to catch up. Even with his injury clearly hampering him, Woods was able to play a decent game and would have had a TD (albeit in garbage time) if the Manuel throw was better. If his foot can heal up, Woods will be back to the #1 WR in this offense soon enough.
2016 Week 9 vs SEA (13 / 10 / 162 / 0 rec)
Robert Woods had the best game of his career on Monday night. His game-high 13 targets were 8 more than the second most-targeted player on the Bills. On the field, Woods was able to consistently gain separation from his coverage and find holes in zones. He caught every realistic pass in his direction, made defenders miss when he had the ball, and extended crucial drives. Early in the game, Woods beat the safety to get wide open in the endzone but Tyrod Taylor threw the ball far past him. His other endzone target on the last play of the game was nowhere near him. Woods was involved in the best play of the night; he got himself open during a wild Taylor escape and made a tiptoe sideline catch to convert 3rd and 21 late in the game. In the one negative for Woods, he was involved in the interception. The int may have been his fault or it may have been Taylor's; there was clearly a major miscommunication on the route being run. Woods has grown into the #1 WR role and seems to play better every (healthy) game. If he can keep this style of play, Woods will be a decent complement to Sammy Watkins after he comes back from injury.
2016 Week 11 vs CIN (3 / 3 / 41 / 0 rec)
Robert Woods suffered a knee injury in the second quarter that ended his afternoon. Before exiting, Woods benefitted from a bit of good fortune. On a 3rd-and-5 play in the first quarter, Josh Shaw lined up against Woods in the slot. Shaw blitzed, but the safety forgot to cover Woods. Woods caught a quick slant and ran into the open field for a 24-yard gain. Taylor came back to Woods in the second quarter, targeting him on a post route for a 13-yard gain. The pass attempt was slightly deflected by Adam Jones, but Woods showed good concentration to haul the pass in. Woods' knee awkwardly bent backwards in the second quarter, ending his afternoon.
2016 Week 14 vs PIT (3 / 1 / 29 / 0 rec)
Robert Woods received a few targets but wasn't able to do much with them. Woods slipped while trying to make his first catch and tipped the ball into the hands of the waiting defender who ran clean into the endzone. This was called back for defensive holding on a different receiver. The next two passes going his way had Woods let the ball slip through his hands, including a TD pass. Woods did catch a deep middle-of-field throw to end his night but it was too little, too late.
2016 Week 15 vs CLE (2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Robert Woods bobbled a poor crossing route throw and was not utilized much otherwise with the success of the running game. It was a game to forget for Woods.
2016 Week 16 vs MIA (6 / 3 / 43 / 0 rec)
Robert Woods was utilized in crossing routes but his most effective damage was done when he was wide-open on a fleaflicker play. In a game where Taylor threw a ton, Woods was part of the offense but not a key cog.
2016 Week 17 vs NYJ (5 / 4 / 43 / 0 rec)
Robert Woods has slid into the #2 WR role nicely over the course of the year. He did not put up big yardage against the Jets but he was able to convert multiple third downs. While he isn't flashy, Woods is steady at moving the sticks. He is a free agent and will not pick up big money but will be a boon to the team that does pay him.
2015 Week 1 vs IND (2 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)
Woods only had two targets but made an impression on both. His first, a 15 yard reception on third down to move the chains, was bobbled around as he caught but Woods managed to haul it in. His second reception, again converting a third down, involved some pretty footwork to stay in bounds while receiving.
2015 Week 2 vs NE (3 / 3 / 60 / 1 rec)
Woods had a strong game relative to his number of targets. He was Taylor's safety valve twice. The first time, Woods adjusted to a ball thrown on the run to catch a TD in the end-zone. The second time, Taylor was scrambling and needed a receiver to get open. Woods recognized the situation immediately and broke from his route to get himself open for a 26 yard gain deep in the 4th quarter in the middle of a Bills comeback. Woods isn't one of the big names in this offense but he is quietly having a good start to the season.
2015 Week 3 vs MIA (5 / 4 / 38 / 0 rec)
Four of Woods five targets were short throws and Woods did as well as can be expected, catching each. His one long target was overthrown by Taylor but a safety was also closing in.
2015 Week 4 vs NYG (5 / 3 / 33 / 0 rec)
For the most part, Woods was covered well even when targeted. Woods' most iconic play of the day was on a very crisply run route that ensured he was wide open for a Tyrod Taylor pass. Unfortunately for him, Woods then fumbled the ball while fighting for some extra yardage.
2015 Week 5 vs TEN (2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Woods was guilty of OPI but later redeemed himself with a solid block on a defender with Chris Hogan to secure Tyrod Taylor's TD run. He was ineffective in the passing game.
2015 Week 6 vs CIN (6 / 4 / 47 / 0 rec)
Woods had his first appearance early on in the game. On an endaround he was not given the ball but the Bengals subsequently neglected to cover him for a redzone reception. Woods held onto the ball through a tough hit, made a defender slip through his route running, and made a diving catch that was brought back by a holding call. Woods continues to perform his admittedly small role well with the exception of his blocking. Woods was called for two holding penalties through the course of the game.
2015 Week 7 vs JAX (13 / 9 / 84 / 1 rec)
Woods had his best game of the season against the Jaguars. He made diving catches on bad throws, he made jumping catches on bad throws, and he beat his defender for a nice TD pass. Woods had a massive block for LeSean McCoy that was incorrectly flagged as a peel-back block. It's nice to see that he isn't afraid to hit and should encourage Rex Ryan to leave him out there even on designed running plays. Without Sammy Watkins and Percy Harvin, Woods is the Bills best WR suiting up. When Watkins returns, Woods deserves the number two spot with his play so far this season.
2015 Week 9 vs MIA (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Woods was the target of the first pass of the game. A wide incompletion from Tyrod Taylor and Woods never saw another pass come his way (but neither did any other Bills' WR other than Sammy Watkins). Woods was given the ball in a reverse that did not gain any yards.
2015 Week 10 vs NYJ (7 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)
Woods seems to have solidified himself as the WR2 of the Bills going forward. He received seven targets, tied with Watkins as most on the team. Late in the first half, Woods was involved in the Bills drive downfield to get a few more points. The last three plays were all passes to Woods, the first converted a 3rd down try and the third was a crucial 9-yard gain to get into FG range. Later on in the game, Woods got a step on a defender but Tyrod Taylor was hit while throwing and the ball fell harmlessly to the ground.
2015 Week 11 vs NE (9 / 4 / 44 / 0 rec)
Woods was Tyrod Taylor's primary target early in the game. Woods had six of the first seven WR targets for the Bills. However, no passes went his way from the start of the second half to the last drive of the game. Woods showed the ability to adjust by getting away from his defender and open for a scrambling Taylor on third down. His blocking ability should also be highlighted; Woods once had a fantastic block that enabled McCoy to reach the first down marker. While those plays do not translate onto the stats sheet, it enables the Bills to leave Woods out for a large chunk of snaps. But being a great blocker is not enough; Woods dropped a first down pass while getting tackled crossing the middle of the field. In an offense that needs a consistent playmaker in the passing game, Woods did not stand out.
2015 Week 12 vs KC (9 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)
Despite having the second most targets on the Bills with nine total, Woods did nothing with the opportunities. There were a few dropped balls including a first down conversion that hit Woods right in the chest but was bobbled. Again he played well as a blocker and it seems that Tyrod Taylor trusts him but Woods is not the kind of WR that can carry a team.
2015 Week 13 vs HOU (5 / 2 / 19 / 1 rec)
Woods collected the third TD of the day for the Bills but not much else. He beat his defender one-on-one in a come-back route in the endzone and was right where he needed to be for the quick release. Both of his receptions were good plays but the Bills would like better output on five targets.
2015 Week 14 vs PHI (7 / 5 / 106 / 0 rec)
Woods had his most yards all season against the Eagles with 106. He was able to get himself open with Sammy Watkins drawing double coverage on the other side of the field. Woods did have a fumble being tackled along the sideline but luckily the ball rolled out of bounds. Tyrod Taylor trusted Woods enough to throw him the ball on third down on the Bills' possible game-winning drive and Woods did beat his defender; however, a combination of a safety over top and the pocket collapsing onto Taylor ended both the play and the game with an interception.
2015 Week 15 vs WAS (6 / 4 / 44 / 0 rec)
Woods had the second most targets on the Bills against the Redskins and maintained his pace of decent play. His highlight was an athletic diving catch that was unfortunately pulled in out-of-bounds. Catching a pass later in the game, Woods sustained a season-ending injury. If the Bills can add a true #2 receiver to complement Watkins next year, Woods should slot in very well to the third role.
2014 Week 1 vs CHI (6 / 4 / 78 / 0 rec)
The Bills leader in every receiving category, Woods appeared to be Manuel's calming influence in the passing game. After the offense promptly went three and out to open the game, it was Woods who Manuel looked to get the Bills second drive going. Running in motion and working behind the line of scrimmage, Woods slipped into the flat and turned the short toss into a 12-yard gain. It was his 2nd catch, however, that was pivotal to the drive. Woods was lined up in the slot and ran a wheel route that saw him matched up with Chris Conte in man coverage along the sideline. Conte got caught with his back turned and Woods made a nice adjustment on the underthrown ball for a 32-yard gain. On the Bills final drive of regulation, Woods was again the prime target for Manuel as the two connected for nine more yards in the flat before Woods really put his hands on display three plays later. Stuck in a 2nd and 25, Woods ran a deep in again with Conte in coverage. Manuel's pass fluttered and appeared well on its way to sailing well high. However, Woods was able to hang in the air just long enough to snatch the ball with his fingertips for a 25-yard gain.
2014 Week 2 vs MIA (3 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
With Sammy Watkins bogarting all of the passing production and the Miami defense doing little to adjust, there just wasn't anything left over for Robert Woods. He was targeted three times, but only caught a quick screen that he turned into a five-yard gain in the 4th quarter. A secondary option in a run-first offense, Woods is going to his ups and downs and clearly Sunday fits into the latter.
2014 Week 3 vs SD (8 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)
Robert Woods led all wide receivers in catches, targets and yards on Sunday, but given his production that's not saying much. His longest catch, and clearly most important, went for 15 yards on the Bills lone touchdown drive and came on a 3rd and 14. Running just a simple deep comeback, Woods did a great job to get just beyond the first down marker before breaking his route on the play. Woods had two more catches, but only amassed four total yards on both. Woods biggest potential play ultimately was a missed throw from Manuel on a skinny post. Running from the slot and working the seam, Woods was able to get inside the coverage and had plenty of space to work assuming the ball had been thrown on time. However, Manuel was too quick with his trigger and by the time Woods came out of his break the pass was beyond him.
2014 Week 4 vs HOU (12 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec)
Woods led the team in targets by a wide margin, but don't tell him that he had easily the most frustrating day. With Manuel constantly missing him, Woods finally caught a pass from his quarterback just before halftime and he paid dearly for the useless catch. Working a very short out, Woods was forced to reach back for the errant throw and because it was high too, had to open himself up. Defensive back Darryl Morris was coming downhill the whole way and put an absolute lick on Woods. Just a safety throw over the middle, Woods sat just beyond the line of scrimmage for his second catch he picked up four yards. On the Bills final drive, Woods finally got a ball in a spot where he could work up field after making the catch and turned it in to a 13-yard gain. Stacked on the line of scrimmage, Woods leaked outside and sat on the sideline. With the coverage following the routes down field, Woods was left uncovered and he took the short throw into Texan territory on the potential game winning drive. Manuel went right back to Woods the following play, this time with much more disastrous results. Woods did everything he could to make a play on the ball, but like the majority that went his way (or relatively his way), the throw was far too gone to salvage it.
2014 Week 5 vs DET (4 / 3 / 37 / 0 rec)
Woods caught three of his four targets with a long of 18 yards on his first catch of the day. Just out of halftime, Woods caught the pass at the line of scrimmage on a quick screen off play-action. The play was blocked perfectly and Woods had plenty of room to get up field quickly. The Bills tried to go back to the same screen later in the drive, but this time Woods was only able to get two yards as Detroit reacted much better the second time around. Working over the middle on his final catch, Woods was the beneficiary of a nice play from Orton. Looking right the whole way, Orton came back to his left with the pocket collapsing around him and hit Woods over the middle for a 17-yard gain.
2014 Week 6 vs NE (10 / 7 / 78 / 1 rec)
With Darrelle Revis locking up Sammy Watkins on the opposite side, Robert Woods was able to run free as he led the team in both targets and catches, including a seven-yard touchdown catch in the first half. Getting an outside release off the line, Woods gave Alfonzo Dennard a slight lean like he was going to work the corner before cutting the route back inside. Given his defensive position, Dennard clearly overcompensated on the lean and had no shot once Woods turned back inside. An accurate throw from Orton and the Bills were on the board. Woods opened the second half with a 10-yard gain on a comebacker before a 13-yard gain on a shallow crosser extended the drive five plays later. Woods' long went for 35 yards and came on fourth down as the Bills were trying to mount a comeback. Working from the slot, Woods ran an out beneath the in-cutting Sammy Watkins to force Dennard into a trailing position. With the coverage behind him, Woods cut the route up field and Orton threw a nice ball to the wide-open Woods for a 35-yard gain. Woods ultimately finished the drive off with a catch on a two-point conversion. Again working from the slot, Woods angled straight to the sideline and despite taking a shot just as the ball arrived managed to make the catch right at the goal line for the conversion.
2014 Week 7 vs MIN (5 / 4 / 10 / 0 rec)
Certainly not his best day, Robert Woods only caught four balls for a measly 10 yards. Woods' long went for seven yards and came on his first catch, but it was hardly positive as he fumbled on the play and set the Vikings up with great field position. Woods made the catch on the quick slant and appeared to have the ball secured as the defense wrapped him up. However, the ball manage to squeak out and with him arms pinned Woods could do little on the play. Two drives later, Woods collected back-to-back catches but only managed to pick up three yards on the former and lost four yards on the latter. Woods day culminated with another short toss, opening the final drive with a three-yard pickup on a shallow crosser.
2014 Week 8 vs NYJ (3 / 3 / 50 / 1 rec)
Three catches in the Bills first two drives, Robert Woods seemed primed for a huge day but ultimately was derailed by the scoreboard and a back contusion that severely limited his snaps for the majority of the game. Woods' first catch came on the Bills opening drive as he worked from the slot and ran a deep crosser. A mix-up in the Jets coverage had Woods running uncovered as he and Orton connected for a 25-yard gain. Two plays later, Orton went back to Woods as he ran a deep post. The coverage was much better this time around, but it didn't matter as Woods tractor-beamed the ball up despite the hit and contact with the ground. Woods caught one more pass, but only picked up four yards on the quick out. Although it wasn't entirely clear how Woods dinged his back, it seemed to come on Watkins' 84-yard catch. It did not appear serious, however, as he did return much later in the game for one play.
2014 Week 10 vs KC (8 / 6 / 52 / 0 rec)
Second on the team in targets, Woods opened his day with a 20-yard gain on a shallow crosser. Locked in man coverage, Woods just ran away from the DB and was able to turn up field after the short completion before safety Eric Berry ultimately pushed him out of bounds near midfield. Unfortunately Woods had a bad drop three plays later, ultimately killing the drive. The receiver found a nice pocket in the zone coverage and Orton delivered the ball, but Woods couldn't hold on. Woods ran a pretty 'Z' route on his next catch as the seven-yard gain took the Bills inside the Kansas City 10-yard line. After picking up five yards on another shallow crosser, Woods made the tough look easy on his fourth catch. Running over the top of an out-breaking route, Woods slanted in and had to make a diving catch on a low throw to pick up nine yards. Just missing a touchdown on his next target, Woods only needed a better throw from Orton for the score. Just inside the end zone, Woods got inside the outside coverage and behind the helping safety, but Orton didn't give him enough time, as the throw was both high and with too much velocity. It should have been a touchdown, but the two's timing was just a bit off. Woods caught two more passes, but only amassed 11 yards combined.
2014 Week 11 vs MIA (5 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
Robert Woods only managed 15 yards on two catches as he and Kyle Orton struggled to get on the same page. After picking up nine yards on the Bills first play from scrimmage, Woods disappeared until the opening drive of the second half. Running an out, Woods had separation and what should have been at least a first down, but Orton's throw took the wideout out of bounds and just shy of the first down marker. Woods may have had a shot at a touchdown earlier in the game, but was foiled by an Orton scramble that took his eyes away from his receivers (namely a running free and open Woods).
2014 Week 12 vs NYJ (11 / 9 / 118 / 1 rec)
As far as the Bills passing game, it was Robert Woods and then everyone else. Woods had more than double the targets of any other receiver, three times the catches and triple the yards. Not always on the same page since Orton took over, the two showed much improvement in that regard on Monday. Woods' first catch was a back shoulder throw for 16 yards before the two connected on a seven-yard touchdown on third and goal. Woods was lined up in the slot against a linebacker and easily beat the coverage on the play. After a quick lean inside to push the coverage, Woods continued into the end zone as Orton put the ball where only his receiver could make a play on it. Woods made a pretty adjustment as he opened up just in time to haul the catch in. Woods' next catch was even better as he went fully horizontal to convert a third down on a quick out for six yards. Three plays later, Woods outdid himself again, turning in the catch of the game on another third down conversion. Working vertically, Woods' left arm was tied up in coverage and only had his right hand to work with. Woods was able to get his right paw on the ball and tip it to himself before ultimately trapping the ball against his helmet all the while hand fighting with Darrin Walls on the 27-yard gain. Woods picked up two more short tosses before again going vertical and notching the longest play of the game. A perfect throw from Orton, Woods only had to beat the single coverage on the outside and the ball was there. The 36-yard gain allowed the Bills to escape the shadow of their own goalpost and ultimately led to a touchdown.
2014 Week 13 vs CLE (7 / 4 / 71 / 0 rec)
For the second game in a row, Robert Woods was the beneficiary of teammate Sammy Watkins' defensive attention as he accounted for 71 of the Bills 190 passing yards. Woods' first catch came on the first offensive play for the Bills as he ran an out from the slot and was able to break a tackle on his way to a 13-yard gain. After a litany of great catches in Week 12, Woods again made two tough catches, including his long of 34 yards. Arguably the play of the game, the catch came on fourth down with the offense sputtering and yet to produce any points. Woods was locked up in single coverage with Buster Skrine when Orton targeted him deep down the field. The ball was underthrown allowing Skrine to get into his body (drawing a flag on the play), but Woods elevated and completely opened up as he turned back to the throw. Skrine continued to drive through as Woods' feet came out from under him and he slammed down on his back, but maintained control all the way through. The Bills took the lead the following play and never relinquished momentum. Woods caught one more pass, again picking up 13 yards on a curl and just missed another huge play later in the game. Again from the slot, Woods feigned an outside move before breaking down the field. Orton correctly identified the open Woods, but overthrew him as Woods mistimed his jump and the ball sailed over his head. With no coverage behind the play, Woods had a great shot at scoring had the two connected.
2014 Week 14 vs DEN (4 / 3 / 36 / 0 rec)
After dominating the Bills passing game for consecutive weeks, Robert Woods was held in check on Sunday. Woods' first catch didn't come until the second half, as he picked up 17 yards down the middle of the field. Orton delivered a nice low ball that allowed his receiver make the grab and stay out of harms way in the process. Woods picked up eight yards on his next catch, a stop route, before he nearly reached the end zone on his final catch. With the Denver coverage well off, Woods ran a shallow in and immediately cut up field after making the grab. Woods made a move for the end zone but his dive was stopped one-yard short of goal line. Woods was also targeted on Orton's second interception, but appeared to run a very vanilla route that never forced the coverage to adjust. Chris Harris was playing the in-breaking route the whole way and Woods didn't even give Harris anything else to think about let alone react to.
2014 Week 15 vs GB (5 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
Robert Woods was one of only three pass catchers to receive more than two targets, but was limited both by ugly throws and equally ugly drops. Woods' long went for 18 yards as he put his fingertips on display with a pretty sideline catch. The throw was low and wide, but Woods was able to corral the throw with just his fingers while he kept his feet in bounds. Later in the drive Woods would pick up four yards on a quick slant. Woods also had a 25-yard catch wiped out by an offensive pass interference penalty, as Watkins was too hasty to set the block up on the quick screen. Overthrown twice by Orton, including once on a post in the end zone, Woods also didn't help the cause as he dropped two very catchable balls. The first saw the semi-high throw on the skinny post clang off his hands before he dropped another on a shallow crosser. The latter was a tougher catch, as the throw was behind him, but one Woods is expected to, and should make going forward.
2014 Week 16 vs OAK (9 / 7 / 52 / 1 rec)
Robert Woods found himself back in Orton's favor on Sunday, but it didn't translate into much until his final catch of the game. Coursing the back of the end zone as he worked from right to left, Woods only needed one glance back at Orton to reverse his route moments before Orton fired to the right corner of the end zone. Woods quick reversal created plenty of separation and he was able to secure the catch uncovered for the touchdown. However, Woods didn't find that same space on his other six catches, as he was only able to amass 22 yards, with nothing longer than five yards.
2014 Week 17 vs NE (4 / 4 / 39 / 1 rec)
Robert Woods operated in mostly an underneath or intermediate capacity, with his highlight being his short touchdown on what may have been the easiest score against the Patriots this year. Woods ran to the middle of the field, saw that he was uncovered, and just sat on his route and waited for the ball to get to him. There was no one within yards of Woods, which is a surprise considering how rare that is in the red zone on a standard pass play. Credit Woods for realizing no one was defending him, but that play was almost entirely on the Patriots defense as opposed to the Bills offense.
2013 Week 1 vs NE (2 / 1 / 18 / 1 rec)
Woods only registered one catch on two targets, but what a catch it was. It appeared Aqib Talib expected help over the top as he allowed Woods to run right by him. There was no help, however, and Manuel easily hit the wide-open Woods for the 18-yard TD catch (his 1st of his NFL career). Woods had one other catch, a 19-yard strike on a deep crosser, but the play was wiped out by a penalty. Buffalo never really let the passing game loose, so there wasn't much for Woods on Sunday.
2013 Week 2 vs CAR (6 / 4 / 68 / 0 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Even though Woods was unable to get into the end zone again, Sunday's game was his best as a pro thus far. Targeted six times, Woods caught four balls with a long of 28 yards and was able to catch a two-point conversion. After opening his day with a short catch, Woods next came just before halftime. Running a wheel route (he was open too), Woods was force to retreat back to Manuel as pressure forced the QB outside the pocket. Woods did a nice job returning and picked up 19 yards on the play. On the first drive of the 2nd half, Woods picked up consecutive catches, with the first coming against sagging coverage. The following play Woods ran a deep dig and Manuel threw him a dart for 28 yards. Woods' best catch came on the game-tying two-point conversion. Woods ran a simple quick slant, but Manuel's throw was low. Woods had to completely lay out and did a tremendous job of corralling and maintaining control as he fell to the ground. Woods also ran the ball once on an end-around, but only picked up three yards.
2013 Week 3 vs NYJ (10 / 2 / 35 / 0 rec)
Woods was second on the team in targets with 10, receiving almost twice as many as the next guy, but was only able to catch two of them, with a long of 29 yards. Running a shallow drag, Woods did a nice job angling up field and into the wide open space. Manuel completed the easy pass and the uncovered Woods was able to turn up field with no defenders near. Woods essentially tackled himself on the play, losing the sideline on the catch and stepping on the boundary as he tried to continue down the field. While Woods was targeted nine other times, the majority of those were nowhere near catchable. With Manuel constantly throwing early and to spots, Woods rarely had a chance to make a play on the ball.
2013 Week 4 vs BAL (8 / 4 / 80 / 1 rec, 1 / 13 / 0 rush)
The well-rounded former USC receiver continues to be peppered with passes by fellow rookie EJ Manuel as the pair develops a nice rapport. Manuel hooked up with a streaking Woods for a beautiful touchdown pass in the second quarter. Woods got inside the cornerback in coverage and, with the deep safety biting on an underneath crosser, Woods was able to dissect the defense and get on the end of a touch pass from Manuel for a 42-yard score. The duo could have added a second touchdown in the third quarter. Manuel zipped a perfect pass to the back pylon, Woods making the tough catch with a defender in his hip pocket, but the receiver was unable to get control prior to tapping two feet in bounds. Originally called a touchdown on the field, the ruling was reversed on review. Regardless, Manuel and Woods' connection is growing stronger with 26 targets through the first four weeks.
2013 Week 5 vs CLE (13 / 5 / 64 / 0 rec)
With Johnson exiting the game early, Woods took over as the team's top receiver; leading in all statistical categories including a game high 13 targets. Woods' first catch did not come until the 2nd quarter as he and Manuel connected on a dig for 15 yards. Just out of halftime, Woods and Manuel connected again, this time for 24 yards on a nice back shoulder throw. Though it only shows as two targets on the stat line, it is worth noting Woods also did a tremendous job breaking up two potential INTs including a horrible throw into double coverage by Tuel off a flea flicker. With very little in the passing game, Woods was the lone bright spot for the Bills. He was fluid and crisp in his routes and should have posted a more productive day as (he was constantly open) if not for the shaky accuracy from Manuel and Tuel.
2013 Week 6 vs CIN (6 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
Woods tied Graham for the team lead in targets with six, but considering only two were catchable, it is hard to blame him for the severely limited production. Woods picked up three yards on an out early in the 2nd quarter and didn't register another catch until the final drive where he ran a quick hitch for six yards.
2013 Week 7 vs MIA (4 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)
Woods was targeted four times and caught three, including a long of 11 yards that took Buffalo into the red zone on their first scoring drive of the 2nd half. Woods ran a hitch and was able to use Tashard Choice's swing route to find a gap in the coverage. Woods' first catch came on the third drive, but only went for seven yards. Later Woods caught another short toss, picking up six yards on one of many checkdowns from Thad Lewis.
2013 Week 8 vs NO (3 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Woods was the least targeted receiver and only caught one ball for seven yards. Just prior to halftime, Woods ran a shallow curl for his lone catch.
2013 Week 9 vs KC (8 / 4 / 44 / 0 rec)
Woods trailed only Chandler in terms of targets with eight, but was only able to catch four with a long of 18 yards. With all four catches coming the first four drives, Woods' 1st catch came on the 2nd play of the game as he picked up 10 yards on the catch as Tuel worked outside the pocket. The following drive, Tuel went back to Woods on a comebacker for 18 yards. The pass floated a bit, but Woods did a nice job hauling the catch in. Woods just missed a TD on the Bill's final drive before halftime as Tuel's throw to well-covered rookie somehow made it through the DB's arms and into Woods'. There is a good chance Woods never even saw the throw, but he still nearly managed to make the blind catch before Marcus Cooper ultimately jarred the ball loose. Woods appeared to get hurt late in the game as he laid out for deep pass down the sideline. With the ball sailing through hit outstretched arms, Woods' knee took the full brunt of the fall and he stayed down on the field for an extended period of time before heading to the locker room.
2013 Week 13 vs ATL (3 / 2 / 39 / 0 rec)
Woods only had two catches on three targets in his first game back, but did have the Bills longest passing play of the game. After picking up six yards on a short toss for his first catch Woods next catch didn't come until the 2nd half, but appeared to jumpstart the offense. Working down the sideline, Woods was taken into the coverage from William Moore by Manuel's throw, but made the catch despite the location of the pass. Moore delivered a shot, incurring an unnecessary roughness penalty on the play, but Woods did a tremendous job holding on for a 33-yard gain. One play later the Bills offense was in the end zone and back in the lead for the first time since the 1st half.
2013 Week 14 vs TB (5 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)
Woods was targeted five times, but could only muster three catches. Easily his best catch, and longest, Woods picked up nine tough yards curling up in the middle of the field. Woods had his back to Mason Foster, who delivered a brutal shot to Woods' back just as he caught the pass, but he was able to hold on as he fell to the ground. Initially ruled incomplete, the play was overturned after Marrone challenged the ruling. Immediately following the tough catch, Woods took another shot and this time wasn't able to maintain possession as Lavonte David snatched the loose ball out of the air for the INT. Dragging across the middle, Manuel's throw took Woods right into a waiting Darrelle Revis. A crushing, but very legal shot, Revis had his shoulder lowered and was able to separate Woods from the ball. Later Woods appeared to redeem himself with a great block on Spiller's long catch and run, but was flagged for an uber-weak holding call on the play.
2013 Week 15 vs JAX (6 / 5 / 82 / 1 rec)
Woods led the Bills in every receiving category on Sunday, including a seven-yard TD. His first catch didn't come until the 2nd quarter but may have been his biggest as it both, got the offense going after a sloth in the Georgia summer-like start and moved the Bills from the shadow of their own end zone. Woods ran a deep out off a Manuel play-fake and picked up 20 yards on the catch. Eight plays later, Woods finished the drive off as he curled up just before reaching the end zone. An easy completion for Manuel, Woods finished the play as he quickly turned and got into the end zone for the seven-yard TD. Woods was the recipient of Manuel's next completion, as he again ran a deep out and made a pretty diving catch for 18 yards. Woods went silent throughout the 2nd half, finally waking up on the game-winning drive. First picking up 20 yards on a dig on the 2nd play of the drive, Woods picked up 18 more yards four plays later as Manuel again used the play fake to find his WR. The rookie WR was targeted in the end zone on the opening drive, but the throw was well over his head as he was double covered.
2013 Week 16 vs MIA (5 / 3 / 70 / 0 rec)
Woods led the team in every statistical receiving category despite only playing in a little over a half after being ejected for stupidly throwing a punch at a guy wearing a football helmet. Woods got the offense going early with a nice 57-yard catch down the sideline on the Bills first scoring drive. Matched up in man coverage with Nolan Carroll working down the sideline, Woods made a nice adjustment on the slightly underthrown ball as he came back to it and finished the catch by keeping his feet inbounds. With Carroll's momentum taking him away from Woods, the WR was able to cut inside and pick up 20 more yards after the grab. The rookie picked up three yards on his next catch, working the quick slant before his final catch netted 10 yards as he dragged across the middle. On the Bills second drive out of halftime, Woods got mixed up with Nolan Carroll as he attempted to block on Jackson run. The play was long over, but the two continued their wrasslin' ways and fell into the Jackson pile. Woods landed up top and as he separated he threw a quick uppercut with an official standing directly above the pile. An easy ejection, Woods was sent packing and the Bills were hit with a 15-yard penalty.
2013 Week 17 vs NE (6 / 1 / 27 / 0 rec)
Not surprisingly Woods led the Bills in targets, but surprisingly only registered one catch on those six targets. Working down the sideline on the Bills 2nd drive, Lewis nicely placed the ball between the coverage and Woods was able to make the easy 27-yard catch. Limited in his production in the passing game, Woods proved to be a willing and valuable blocker when he wasn't being badly overthrown in the passing game. On Fred Jackson's 12-yard catch on a screen, it was Woods who threw a nice block down field to help spring the play.