WR Robert Woods - Los Angeles Rams
|6-1, 201||Born: 4-10-1992||College: Southern California||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2013|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 11): The Steelers finally figured out how to contain Cooper Kupp, and Woods benefited in a blueprint that should be copied by Rams opponents going forward.
Week 11: vs Chicago Bears
FBG says: Tough matchup. The Los Angeles Rams' passing game has struggled in 2019 due to horrific performance along the offensive line. Jared Goff's passing totals have taken a dive from his sky-high levels of yesteryear, but his efficiency numbers from either a clean pocket or while under pressure are nearly identical to what they were in 2018. The primary difference in his totals is how often he has been under pressure this year. Last week, against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Goff was under pressure on nearly half of his pass attempts. An already-horrific offensive line suffered two significant injuries last week, losing center Brian Allen and right tackle Rob Havenstein to injury. The Rams shuffled players around the offensive line following the injuries, making it unclear who will fill in for the injured starters; however, there will almost certainly be a drop-off in production with the reserves entering the fold. Wide receiver Brandin Cooks will also miss out once again in week 11 due to a concussion. Last week, without Cooks, the Steelers focused their efforts on shutting down Cooper Kupp. Kupp finished the game without a catch for the first time this season, and as one of the most-targeted pass-catchers in the league, he will surely bounceback this week. Robert Woods and Gerald Everett filled the void left by Cooks last weekend, and they are primed for sizable roles in the Rams' offense once again this weekend. The Chicago Bears' defense ranks fifth in the NFL this season, allowing only 5.7 adjusted yards per pass attempt. Headlining the Bears' impressive pass defense is edge-rusher Khalil Mack. Mack has been as advertised since the Bears made a blockbuster trade to acquire him one season ago, as he leads the team with 44 total pressure on opposing quarterbacks this season, more than twice as much as any other Bears defender. Nick Williams has also enjoyed a breakout season in 2019. Williams leads the team with six sacks this year, one of the highest totals of any interior defensive linemen in the NFL. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix headlines Chicago's secondary at the safety position. The offseason acquisition has filled the hole left by Adrian Amos' departure, grading as the team's number-one pass-defender. The weakness of the Bears' pass defense is over the middle of the field, where their slot cornerback, Buster Skrine, along with their linebacking unit grade as the weakest pass defenders. This weakness sets up well for another high-volume game for Gerald Everett at the tight end position along with a rebound performance from Cooper Kupp at wide receiver for the Rams. Overall, the Bears should dominate in the trenches against a horrific Rams' offensive line, holding the Rams' passing attack in-check on Sunday night. However, if the Rams do muster any success through the air, it will likely come over the middle of the field with players like Gerald Everett and Cooper Kupp.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Robert Woods's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
Latest NewsRams | Robert Woods keeps busy in Week 10 (Mon Nov 11, 01:09 AM) - Los Angeles Rams WR Robert Woods caught seven of his 11 targets for 95 yards in Week 10 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. link to story
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