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. 15 - WR Robert Woods
Age: 24 (4/10/92)
Last year’s rank: 15
Why he’s here
- Over the last three years, what you see is what you get with Robert Woods. Since he walked in the door as a rookie, he's been a dependable secondary option for the Bills. He doesn't have outstanding size or speed, but is a good route runner and a consistent target when called upon. Still only 24 years old, he has a lot of years left to contribute to the NFL, but he ranks a lot lower than some other players of his age and experience might. The reason for that? Woods really hasn't grown as a receiver to a big degree. Drafted as a low-ceiling, high-floor type out of USC, that has been just what Woods has brought to the table. Is he capable of being a dominant player? That's what he has to prove, and in a contract year, the table is set to do so.
- Now fully healthy for the 2016 season, Robert Woods will once again be the starting wide receiver opposite Sammy Watkins. One of the biggest storylines of the offseason has been the focus on Tyrod Taylor throwing it over the middle of the field more often than he did in 2015, which would stand to benefit Woods. On plenty of occasions, Woods appeared to be open over the middle of the field, and it just wasn't taken advantage of by the Bills quarterback. If there is an increase in that area, and with all the attention Watkins will command, Woods could have his biggest season this year. And if he does so, he might just make a lot more on the open market as a free agent than you'd expect.
Top 20 Talents Countdown
15) WR Robert Woods
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