In under two months, the Buffalo Bills will get to work at St. John Fisher College for training camp and the 2016 season. And this year, with how the team ended things in 2015, is extremely important to not waste the talent that exists on the roster.
So, as offseason workouts continue at One Bills Drive, WKBW will preview the roster — and more specifically, the top talent that exists on the roster that can help the Bills to putting an end to the playoff drought. You’ll be introduced to the Bills’ ‘Top 20 Talents.’
It's a bit of a different 'most talented' list, because it also takes other factors into consideration. The countdown criteria:
- Overall skill level
- On-the-field performance
- Projection based on film study over the past several years
- Age, and improving/declining ability
With that written, on to the countdown:
No. 14 - C Eric Wood
Age: 30 (3/18/86)
Last year’s rank: 17
Why he’s here
- In 2015, Eric Wood got back to being the player we saw from him earlier in his career. He was a consistent presence in the middle of the offensive line, and helped the offense have a bounce back year last season. Wood improved last year, but the reason why he didn't rise up the rankings quite a bit is mostly due to his age. At this point, Wood is in the prime of his career, but can he ascend any higher than the playing level that he showed at different stages of his career? Regardless, he's solidified the position for the most part since entering the league in 2009.
- Wood will once again be in the middle of the offensive line at center, and could be in line for a bit of an easier road this upcoming season. With Richie Incognito once again to his left, and John Miller -- who the Bills are expecting to progress significantly in 2016 -- to his right, Wood's production may go up as the Bills once again will try to set the tone on the ground. As long as he stays healthy, he'll once again be an unquestioned starter and mainstay of the line all year long.
Top 20 Talents Countdown
14) C Eric Wood
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