Monday, August 4, 2014

Woods hoping fourth-down execution builds trust


Robert Woods may not have been super pumped with his spot in the depth chart in Sunday's Hall of Fame game, but he's pretty excited about his coach's decision making in other areas of the offense.

Woods was part of a fourth-down conversion in the red zone that led to a touchdown, a short pass from second-stringer Jeff Tuel midway through the second quarter. It was one of two successful tries on fourth down for the Buffalo Bills, a style of play Woods would like to see more of.

"I hope so. We’ve got enough weapons, whether it’s in the air or on the ground, to make plays like that," he said, via "We’ve just got to keep executing so coach can trust us."

While the fourth-down conversions were a good sign for the Buffalo offense that at times seemed disjointed, the team's efficiency on third down was indicative of last season's woes. The team went 4-for-13 overall (31 percent) and at times looked fairly predictable. 

Starter E.J. Manuel was 0-for-2 on third down, though he didn't have a chance to connect with Woods in the two series he played. Woods was relegated to the sideline while receivers rookie Sammy Watkins, Mike Williams and Chris Hogan worked with the first-teamers. That pushed Woods into reps with the second- and third-team units, forcing the sophomore wideout to play into the third quarter.

"It is what it is. I just come out here and make plays whenever I'm in on the field," said Woods, who led the Bills with four receptions for 49 yards.

Manuel thought the move was "a bit surprising."

"But he did great. He did great. Woody's going to be Woody with whatever he's given. So I was still glad to see him go out there and do a great job."

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