The Buffalo Bills went big on offense during the NFL Draft, going high to get EJ Manuel and adding pieces like Robert Woods to try and bolster a youthful unit. While Manuel will have to battle for that starting job, Woods may get a little more lucky and grab a job as the No. 2 receiver in Doug Marrone’s offense. According to WGR 550 AM in Buffalo, the Bills have Woods “firmly in the conversation” to start alongside star Stevie Johnson as the starter.
There are rather lofty expectations for Woods, who at one time in the pre-draft process was thought to be a first-round pick. The Bills have said publicly how NFL ready Woods is, which leads some to believe he factors firmly in to the conversation to be the starter opposite Stevie Johnson.
The Bills obviously aren’t going to rush the decision to start Woods, but he’s got the chops to do so and the time spent between now and the beginning of the season can go a long way in preparing him to be one half of a potentially deadly receiving duo. But for now, Woods says he’s just trying to get settled in with the Bills and their new system.
“Right now it’s just trying to catch the pace and the rhythm and keep it going,” Woods said, via WRG 550 AM. “Right now we’re just setting the fundamentals of the game. It’s going to get different when the whole team comes back.”
Woods showed promise while at USC but didn’t totally develop into the Heisman candidate many thought he’d be when the season started. In fact, Woods was actually overshadowed by Marquis Lee which is something that may motivate him in Buffalo to be the best he can be. Buffalo has a real good thing going with this youthful offense it’s crafting, and Woods is looking to be a big part of it’s success.