The Buffalo Bills took a step towards improving their passing game, signing wide receiver Robert Woods out of the University of Southern California to his rookie contract.
Woods was a second round draft pick in the 2013 draft, and his presence will give the winner of the quarterback competition between Kevin Kolb and E.J. Manuel a go-to option in the passing game.
Woods also has a versatile skill set, and could find himself receiving significant time with the special teams as a punt or kick returner if he is unable to crack into the regular rotation of receivers.
Woods had experience at both the flanker position and the split end position at USC and only moved primarily to the split end with the emergence of Marquis Lee. Woods’ experience in a pro-style offense will come in handy, giving him multiple places to play in the Bills' offense and adding depth across the chart, even if Woods can’t crack into the rotation coming out of the preseason.
Woods joins Da’Rick Rogers and Marquise Goodwin in competing for playing time alongside Stevie Johnson. With the long-time division front-runner New England Patriots experiencing problems at the wide receiver and tight end positions, it’s possible that this receiving depth and a new quarterback could be enough to have the Bills competing for a playoff spot out in the AFC East.