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Fantasy Rookie Review: Robert Woods, WR, Bills
John Tuvey
May 20, 2013
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Year College Gms/Sts Rcv
Yds
Rcv
TDs
Rush
Yds
Rush
TDs
Yds from
Scrimmage
Punt Return
Yds
Punt
Return
TDs
Kick Return
Yds
Kick Return
TDs

All Purpose
Yds

Total
TDs
2012 USC 12/13 846 11 76 0 922 61 0 0 0 983 11
2011 USC 12/12 1,292 15 16 0 1,308 118 0 393 0 1,819 15
2010 USC 13/13 792 6 50 0 842 4 0 971 1 1,817 7

  OTHER ROOKIES
  WR Tavon Austin
  QB EJ Manuel
  TE Tyler Eifert
  WR DeAndre Hopkins
  WR Cordarrelle Patterson
  WR Justin Hunter
  TE Zach Ertz
  RB Giovani Bernard
  QB Geno Smith
  WR Robert Woods
  TE Gavin Escobar
  RB Le'Veon Bell
  TE Vance McDonald
  RB Montee Ball
  WR Aaron Dobson
  RB Eddie Lacy
  RB Christine Michael
Robert Woods made an early statement, becoming the first USC true freshman to start the season opener at wide receiver in more than 50 years. He was the Pac-10 Offensive Freshman of the Year and a Freshman All-American, then went on to be a Biletnikoff Award finalist as a sophomore. In 2012 the USC offense seemed to focus more on Marquise Lee and Wood’s numbers slipped, so he opted to take his game to the NFL.

Despite leaving school early, Woods’ game is as NFL-ready as any receiver in this class. He’s a fluid route runner who has experience with the full route tree, soft hands, and great body control and awareness. Scouting reports consistently use veteran terms such as “savvy” and “crafty” when describing his game.

Woods doesn’t have pure top-end speed; instead, he’s quick, shifty, and elusive. He has both experience and success in the return game, but too frequently he tries to make something out of nothing. Woods is somewhat slight, so there are concerns about his durability at the NFL level—and he does have a concussion and some ankle issues on his resume.

If a crafty receiver with return skills sounds like Tim Brown… well, you’re not alone; Brown is a common NFL comparison for Woods among scouting reports, along with Packer wideouts Donald Driver and James Jones. Woods should have first shot at taking over wingman duties in Buffalo opposite Steve Johnson, and he’s expected to provide E.J. Manuel with a reliable target for years to come.


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