NASHVILLE — Wide receiver was one of the most discussed positions of the NFL offseason. With many stars changing teams for big dollars, trading for veteran Robert Woods was an essential move for the Tennessee Titans.
Now, Woods must find his best fit.
Tennessee’s offense is run-heavy with a passing game predicated off of play-action. Woods in this system seems an ideal marriage. The Titans value receivers willing to do the “dirty work” and Woods has always displayed a propensity for it.
Woods wants to ready to go for Tennessee by Week 1.
Woods bring balance to the receiver room
The Titans’ collection of wide outs have drawn plenty of attention.
Woods’ full availability for coming off the mid-November ACL tear goes along way to instill both confidence and competence. At Thursday’s training camp practice, Woods led his position group during individual work. That was a change of pace from the first few days where he had trailed behind some of the receivers before attempting a drill.
“Personally, I like to go first” said Woods. “I’m still learning the drills that Rob (Moore) has us doing. Some of the guys have experience at what he expects and what the standard is. So, I just wanted to see it done and then try and get my reps in.”
This is not the first time Woods has had to adjust to new NFL surroundings.
After being selected by the Buffalo Bills in the second round of the 2013 draft, Woods hit free agency and signed a five-year, $34 million deal with the Los Angeles Rams. Moore was on the Buffalo staff that drafted Woods and has spent additional time with him throughout each of Tennessee’s practices helping the veteran get the extra reps.
The Titans coaching staff loves the versatility that Woods has to his game. His connection with quarterback Ryan Tannehill will be prioritized in the meantime.
“Just trying to get everything down, really,” said Woods. “Had a few reps with (Tannehill) in the live-action. But more so just trying to get what we call still reps. When there’s special teams (periods), I’m able to get some extra reps with him off to the side. Try to get an extra rep, work some routes that could be critical for us.
Tannehill’s looking for receivers he can trust. Woods is working hard to make sure he can be one.
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