The Los Angeles Rams signed Robert Woods to a five-year, $39 million contract in the 2017 free agency period and it turned out to be a steal. In his two years with the Rams, Woods has totaled 142 receptions, 2,000 yards and 11 touchdowns in 28 games. Woods missed three games in 2017 due to a sprained A/C joint in his left shoulder but was fortunate to play a full 2018 campaign. Woods has grown to be one of the most consistent receivers in the NFL and will continue to trend up for the forthcoming future. He will yet again be a top weapon for Jared Goff in 2019.
Woods had his best statistical season in 2018, tallying 86 receptions, 1,219 yards and 6 touchdowns – leading the Los Angeles Rams in all categories. His best game of the season came in week three against the cross-town rivals, the Los Angeles Chargers. In that contest, he saw 11 targets and caught 10 of them for 104 yards and two touchdowns. Woods only had two other 100-yard games, and those came in weeks four (Vikings) and six (Broncos). He might’ve only had a few 100-yard games, but he was nothing short of consistent this past year. Between weeks two and 16, Woods’ lowest yard total was 61, coming in a 15-6 loss against the Bears in week 14.
Woods will have to “battle” with Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp for targets, but Jared Goff will surely spread the ball out to all three. With Cooper Kupp returning from an ACL injury, Woods could see a slight decline in receptions.
Three Plays on Film
Did Robert Woods have both feet in bounds?pic.twitter.com/8GkdblZgcJ
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) February 4, 2019
This play was one of the best hookups between Goff and Woods in the entire 2018 season, and it happened during the Super Bowl. Woods has the body control and awareness to make sideline catches. Only a couple of receivers in the NFL are able to make this catch. Woods is one of them.
— NFL México (@nflmx) August 5, 2019
How many times will Goff find Woods up the seam this season? It seems like Woods is always making the big play here, pun intended.
Saints 23, Rams 20. 44 seconds left in 4Q.
If Robert Woods stays on his feet here, there’s not a doubt in my mind he houses it. pic.twitter.com/7jbNIpq8ug
— Cameron DaSilva (@camdasilva) January 22, 2019
Woods has the foot quickness and the ability to change directions on a dime. This play was one of the biggest moments of the Rams’ playoff run. If he was able to stay on his feet instead of tumbling down, Greg Zuerlein wouldn’t have been faced with a 56-yard field goal for the win in OT.
Can Woods stay healthy?
Woods played a full 19-game season last year and looked fresh as can be. During his six-year career though, he has only played in every regular season game twice. SportsInjuryPredictor.com gives Woods a 62% chance of suffering an injury in 2019 and project him to miss 2.3 games. Woods will have to remain healthy for the Rams to replicate last year’s playoff run.
2019 Outlook and Role
The Rams turned some incentives into guaranteed money for Woods this offseason, and he is well worth it. He shows up game-in and game-out and is super reliable. He will continue to trend up this season, and he will aim to have another year where he surpasses 1,000 yards. Only a couple years ago, the Rams struggled to get a 700-yard receiver. Now, Woods is one of three receivers on the Rams that is expected to get past a thousand yards.
Chances of Making the Final Roster
I would rather talk about Woods’ chances of being voted onto the Pro Bowl roster. He doesn’t have the glitz and glam like Odell Beckham Jr. or Julio Jones, but if he can have similar stats as last year, he will definitely become a household name. I’ll give him a 60% chance of making the Pro Bowl, but even if he makes the roster, he might be preparing for a bigger game the following week.