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Rookie Impressions -- Eric Wood

Posted on: August 15, 2009 10:23 pm
 
With Matthew Stafford's review out of the way, I felt justified in moving on to where the real football is played -- along the line of scrimmage. The Chicago-Buffalo game presented several rookies to focus on, though with each in a position to start, I wanted to focus on the Bills' young guards - LG Andy Levitre and RG Eric Wood. With hopes to review Levitre later, I focused on Wood on this night due to his higher draft selection. Both started and played until late in the second quarter.

Eric Wood, Buffalo LG #70: Wood showcased his combination of agility and explosive hands in handling a revolving door of Bears' defenders. Primary opponents included DTs Dvoracek, Toeaina, DEs Anderson, Idonije. Good quickness off the snap. Good lateral agility to mirror the pass rusher. Good vision and aggression to help linemates when not covered up. Reacted decisively when presented with stunts. Explosive hands consistently hitting the defender's chest-plate. Was matched and at times beaten by DT Matt Toeaina's strength and use of leverage in the running game, but otherwise proved able to handle the jump in physicality of the league. A step late getting to Urlacher on two stretch runs, but showed burst getting to the second level and has the agility to block there. Chipped at the Ulacher each time, but was beaten to the point by the Pro-Bowler. Has the speed and will improve his blocking angles with time.
 
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