Robert Woods entered 2015 as a potential third-year breakout receiver. Instead, he was a third-year letdown, and his stats regressed from his sophomore campaign in 2014. The Bills are now questioning his value and would like to bump him down the depth chart from No. 2 to No. 3 in 2016. We agree that Buffalo could use an upgrade over Woods to start opposite Sammy Watkins. Woods had 47 catches for 552 yards and three touchdowns in 2015 on 80 targets, which was a decline in production from 2014 when he had 65 catches for 699 yards and five touchdowns on 104 targets. We'll see if Woods can rebound in 2016 and play at a high level, but his Fantasy value is limited coming into the season. He is not worth drafting in the majority of leagues.
Woods appears to have taken his game up a notch throughout offseason work so far and was the best receiver during this week's minicamp, BuffaloBills.com reports. While offseason minicamp stories should always get taken with a grain of salt, the takeaway here is that Woods will enter the season a lot healthier than last year. Of course, Sammy Watkins will get most of the targets, but with Watkins not proving he can stay healthy and with no clear No. 3 or No. 4 receiver behind him, Woods could see a lot of single coverage and secondary targets. A step up from his 47/552/3 season a year ago (14 games) is not out of the question.
Woods is healthy and participating fully in OTAs following offseason groin surgery, The Buffalo News reports. "I'm healthy. I got my speed back. So other than that, it's all timing. Be open, stay open, said Woods. "I feel like I can run again." Woods is also serving as the top receiver in practice while Sammy Watkins begins his recovery from foot surgery. There's a small chance that could carry over into the season if Watkins doesn't heal properly, though everyone seems to initially think Watkins will be back by Week 1. Woods is a very clear No. 2 entering the final season of his current contract, though we'll note once again the Bills lean extra heavy toward the run.
Woods has been cleared to participate in practice following offseason groin surgery, The Buffalo News reports. The big question in the offseason for the Bills has been whether they'd try to find someone more explosive to put across from Sammy Watkins. However, with a tiny amount of cap room and bigger needs in the draft, it looks like Woods could remain the No. 2 come Week 1. Just remember he'll always be a ho-hum option in this run-first offense, especially when you consider that Watkins and LeSean McCoy see the bulk of the touches.
While many Bills followers have clamored for the team to pick up a more explosive receiver to line up across Sammy Watkins, Woods appears to be in line to keep the No. 2 role in 2016, The Buffalo News reports. The Bills are in a cap crunch and have some fairly major defensive needs, plus they just lost wideout Chris Hogan when the Patriots plucked him and Buffalo chose not to match. The Bills have brought in a bunch of bigger targets to fill out their roster, but none of them seems fit to challenge Woods. So unless the Bills pick a receiver in the first round, it looks like the second starter job will default to him again. Woods put up a ho-hum 47/552/3 line in 14 games last season.
Woods (groin) was placed on season-ending injured reserve Tuesday, Tyler Dunne of The Buffalo News reports. Woods was removed from Sunday's loss to Washington in the second half, with post-game reports suggesting that he was unlikely to play again this season. He finishes the year with 47 catches for 552 yards and three touchdowns on 81 targets, having served as the No. 2 wide receiver in a run-heavy offense. Woods should have plenty of time to recover before training camp, but the Bills may have interest in adding a more explosive athlete to team with Sammy Watkins, as Woods profiles as more of a No. 3 wideout than a No. 2.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/16||New York Jets||19||22.75|
|4||10/02||@New England Patriots||22||23.78|
|5||10/09||@Los Angeles Rams||6||18.50|
|6||10/16||San Francisco 49ers||18||22.38|
|8||10/30||New England Patriots||22||23.78|
|17||01/01||@New York Jets||19||22.75|
|3 Year Avg||90||51||613||4||29||12.02||87|