Each NFL season, every team has a player that bears a little added attention. So which performer could turn the corner for the Los Angeles Rams in ’17?
Welcome to yet another 32-team series from End Zone Score. In recent months, we took the time to look at each club’s best offseason addition. We even dabbled into some pertinent and historical numbers.
Every NFL season features players that come into their own after a slow start to their careers. It’s tough to tell when each performer’s coming-put party will take place. Some are immediate successes. Others take longer due to numerous circumstances, but they prove to be worth the wait. Here we will try and pinpoint a player from each team in the league that we feel is on the verge of putting it altogether.
WR Robert Woods
For four seasons, former USC wideout Robert Woods played second (or third or fourth) fiddle when it came to the Buffalo Bills and their pass-catching corps. He never led the club in catches in any of his years in Orchard Park. Yet during his stay with the Bills, he hauled in a team-best 203 receptions over that span. His 2,451 yards and 12 scores in four years were second only to Sammy Watkins (2,459 yards), who reached the end zone 17 times.
Now you could make the case that he’s is the top wideout with the Los Angeles Rams, with apologies to big-play option Tavon Austin. However, the eighth overall selection in the 2013 NFL Draft (33 spots higher than Woods) has underwhelmed when it comes to the wide receiver role. He’s totaled 181 grabs for 1,642 yards and a dozen touchdowns. But that mystifying 9.1 yards per reception is disappointing indeed.
In any case, Woods now has a chance to establish himself as second-year quarterback Jared Goff’s go-to guy and put a little juice into a Rams’ offense that has finished last in the NFL in total yards per game each of the past two seasons. New head coach Sean McVay has his work cut out for him, but Robert Woods is a solid addition for the club and offsets the departure of wide receiver Kenny Britt to the Cleveland Browns.