Last season it was hard for Tyrod Taylor to trust Robert Woods because Woods’ debilitating groin injury compromised his consistency in being in the right place at the right time. That’s not the case anymore and there is growing trust between the quarterback and receiver with each passing day at training camp.
It began in the spring where in the absence of Sammy Watkins (offseason foot surgery), Woods was one of Taylor’s primary targets. That has carried into training camp where it’s clear that Taylor is completely comfortable giving Woods an opportunity to make a play on the ball even when there is tight coverage.
It happened again at Monday’s practice. In WR-DB one-on-one drills in the red zone, Taylor, despite tight coverage from Mario Butler, tossed a fade pass to the back right corner of the end zone for Woods. The fourth-year receiver jumped high into the air snared the ball, did a 180 to shield the ball from Butler and got two feet down before falling out of bounds for a touchdown.
“Yeah, I think it’s all about trust,” said Woods. “We’ve been together for a year now, we’ve been going offseason, season, another offseason. And now we’re putting in the same work, trusting each other, knowing the offense, knowing where we can go in zones and man and it is all trust. We gain trust and we’re putting the ball out there and running under it.”
Woods appeared to solidify himself as the team’s No. 2 WR in minicamp, and he’s done even more through the first week-plus of training camp. He and Greg Little have probably been the two most consistent receivers in camp thus far.
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