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Woods getting open a lot

Posted by Chris Brown on August 8, 2015 – 10:13 am

His quarterbacks don’t see him on every play, but they’re quickly realizing that most of the time Robert Woods is open. Through the first week of camp Woods has been getting consistent separation and has been making difficult catches when defensive backs have been able to stay with him.

“I think I’m doing pretty well so far,” said Woods. “I’ve got a lot to work on and keep improving. Just keep making plays so they keep seeing me.”

Woods may have an added advantage over the other receivers. He’s one of the only receivers who has a rapport with two of the three quarterbacks vying for the starting job. He’s obviously played the last two seasons with Manuel, but he’s also caught passes in the summer from Matt Cassel with both of them often meeting up at their alma mater – USC.

“Just the timing,” said Woods. “Both of those quarterbacks know how I run my routes just from experience working out. Being here for two years helps being a step ahead.”

His best catch in camp thus far was a pass that was behind him that he snared by reaching back behind his body with his left hand while coming across the field right to left full speed to pull in a touchdown during red zone work on a pass from Matt Cassel.


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Woods assessment of QB battle

Posted by Chris Brown on August 4, 2015 – 11:50 am

Just about everyone has been asked about it through the first week of training camp. Do you see an early leader in Buffalo’s quarterback competition? Here was Robert Woods assessment.

“Not yet, each QB is making some great throws, EJ’s dropping the long ball in, Matt Cassel is going through his progressions throwing the right ball, we’ve got Tyrod (Taylor) firing and making some good throws while he’s running and then we’ve got (Matt) Simms fitting the ball in tight coverage,” said Woods. “So each QB is bringing something different, and making the right throws.”


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Fan Friday 5-15

Posted by Chris Brown on May 15, 2015 – 11:41 am

Sorry for the one week hiatus. A lot of news going down last week. OTAs are less than two weeks away. Let’s get right to your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 –  @ChrisBrownBills

just curious why Bills have Felton and Conner?

nschirra8

CB: Doug Whaley has stated many times that any time they have a chance to make an upgrade they’re going to do so. The John Conner signing this week is an example of that. While I don’t deny that it’s unusual to have two proven fullbacks on one roster, I think Whaley and Rex Ryan subscribe to the philosophy of creating as much competition as possible in the training camp setting.

Conner will push Jerome Felton and that makes both players better. Ultimately Felton is going to be this team’s starting fullback, but if there’s an injury Conner is a fantastic fall back option. Can Conner convince the coaches to make an exception and keep two fullbacks? With the depth of this roster that’s going to be difficult, but you can’t fault a team for trying to get better everywhere and driving up the level of competition.

 

2 – Hey Chris,

Thanks for your continued pursuit of giving a small market team, big time exposure.

I know the McCoy/Alonso deal has been discussed ad nauseum and much like most Bills fans, I found myself conflicted and constantly flip-flopping on how to feel.  At the end of the day, the organization is making an aggressive play to enhance the offense, which is definitely something I support.  Having said that, seeing that the Bills were willing to commit heavy resources to a running back I’m uncertain of what to feel hypothesizing that we could have signed Demarco Murray for less money and still retained Kiko (whether to keep or to use as a potential trade asset).  Both backs are elite and I don’t wish to jibber-jabber over which one is better, but how can a cogent argument be made that McCoy > Demarco + Kiko?

Keep up the great work.
Best,
Robert F.

CB: While I think most would acknowledge that DeMarco Murray + Kiko Alonso is better than just LeSean McCoy, you’re operating under the assumption that Murray would be interested in signing with Buffalo.

It’s possible he may have been willing to sign with the Bills. We’ll probably never know, but Murray is a year older than McCoy. Unlike McCoy, who avoids the kill shots of defensive linemen, linebackers and safeties, Murray takes big hits. I think one could argue that the cumulative wear and tear on Murray is greater than on McCoy.

Now that doesn’t dismiss your argument that Murray + Alonso would be better than just McCoy, but I’m not convinced Murray would’ve signed here.

 

3 – Hi Chris, thank you to you and your team for all the off season coverage.
I have to think Suh signing this contract hurts us in two ways. 1, he bolsters the Dolphins defense and we have to go up against him twice a year. 2, did he set the market for Marcell Dareus as a free agent? Dareus was considered the best tackle against the run last year, and had more tackles and sacks than Suh. If Marcell doesn’t drop off this year wouldn’t he command the same contract as Suh? We saw what happens without Marcell in the lineup, just look at the Oakland game before and after his injury.  Do you think the Bills can afford to re-sign him, and if so, is that at the expense of asking Mario Williams to restructure his contract or full on releasing him?
Thanks
Paddy

CB: The Bills maintain that their cap structure will allow for a long term contract extension for Dareus. He’s the linchpin of the defensive interior for the long term future.

You’re right the Suh deal did set the market. I think in an ideal world the Bills have Dareus signed to a long term deal before the 2015 season commences. The more he performs on the field the more his price goes up, so it would behoove the Bills to seal a deal before September. We’ll have to wait and see what happens.

 

4 – Hi Chris
Do the Bills have any definite plans for Marcus Thigpen? Is he still on the roster? Percy Harvin is arguably a better all-around player, but in all the mentions of Buffalo “weapons” I’ve not once heard Thigpen’s name.

Just curious
@GregTheBillsFan

CB: Thigpen is still on the roster yes. Harvin is clearly a better all-around player. Thigpen was a punt return specialist on this team last season after Leodis McKelvin broke his ankle. And while he did do a good job this roster became even harder for him to make with the offseason additions, Harvin chief among them. With McKelvin expected to be ready by training camp, the team’s primary punt returner will be back in the fold. So Thigpen, though very capable, may get caught up in a numbers game at the receiver position.

 

5 – Chris,
With the addition of Harvin, how do you expected the formations to look like? How does it change the role of Robert Woods, who had a great 2nd half of the season. Harvin might cut into Watkin’s targets, I like to see Watkin’s used more creatively.

Is Goodwin on the bubble to make the roster? I’d like to see a coach that will throw him the ball.

Sean

CB: I think the Greg Roman offense is going to be as multiple as possible with a myriad of pre-snap formations and shifts. So to give you an answer about formations would be like trying to hit a moving target. I expect Harvin to line up outside opposite Watkins, with Woods working more in the slot in this offense. Hogan would work the other slot in four-wide looks.

Based on Rex Ryan’s comments it sounds like Goodwin will get a far better opportunity to prove that he belongs on this roster than he did from the previous staff. I wouldn’t call him a bubble player, but from a pure numbers standpoint he’s going to have a challenge on his hands.


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WR group has stiffest competition in a while

Posted by Chris Brown on May 14, 2015 – 1:12 pm

The first OTA practice for the Bills is just under two weeks away, but it’s readily apparent that the competition at wide receiver might be the stiffest that’s been seen at One Bills Drive since the early 90’s clubs. Head coach Rex Ryan was asked to assess how he and his offensive assistants will whittle the candidate list from its current number of 13 down to five or six.

“We have a deep group of talented guys,” said Ryan. “Percy Harvin, I’m not willing to say there’s something that he can’t do that someone else can. I’m not so sure that’s possible.

“Robert Woods, Sammy Watkins those guys are pretty decent. (Chris) Hogan, he’s a talented guy, good athlete, catches the football, smart, productive, so it is going to be tough to make this team, there is no question about it.”

When asked if he will try to mix and match skill sets to cover all possible needs at the receiver position, Ryan maintained that keeping the best players is the best way to go.

“Different roles for things, yeah possibly, but I don’t want to limit anybody and say this guy is strictly a slot receiver,” he said. “Let’s have it work out and in the end if that’s the case then so be it. I just want to see it with open eyes and believe what I see.”


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A 2nd round pick on 2nd round picks

Posted by Chris Brown on April 30, 2015 – 11:07 pm

The Bills obviously did not have a first-round pick to work with in this year’s draft, but as Friday approaches Buffalo’s pick at 50 could still land a quality player for the club. And if recent history is any indication GM Doug Whaley and the personnel department should do well.

Looking over the last few years Buffalo has some key core players on their roster who were former second-round picks.

2011 – Aaron Williams
2012 – Cordy Glenn
2013 – Robert Woods, Kiko Alonso
2014 – Cyrus Kouandjio

“I think all picks are very vital to a team,” said Woods, who was pick 41 in 2013. “I think Doug Whaley is on the right track getting guys in here. The second round pick has been very big in the past couple of years. It’s got to be a good one.”


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Woods: New offense will keep opponents guessing

Posted by Chris Brown on April 9, 2015 – 1:36 pm

Bills WR Robert Woods, like just about everyone else is excited about the additions on offense that the team acquired via trade and free agency. The offensive scheme however, might be what he’s looking forward to the most.

In an interview on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, Woods explained how offensive coordinator Greg Roman’s offense will differ from what they’ve done in the past.

“(He brings) great energy in the meeting room, but I see his mind at work,” said Woods of Roman. “Talking motions and talking shifts. There are a lot of new additions and a lot of new plays that we didn’t have before. It’s very advanced.

“We didn’t have many motions and shifts before and now we’re able to disguise our offense more. Defenses don’t know what’s going to come because we’ll have a lot of movement from a lot of guys to keep defenses off balance.”

Woods also said that despite the additions in the passing game his approach is to still strive to be the team’s number one wideout.


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BENRUS Best Dressed Week 15

Posted by buffalobills.com on December 14, 2014 – 11:37 am

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As the winner of BEST DRESSED, Robert Woods will receive a BENRUS J1 Messenger Bag, perfect holiday gifts! Follow @benrususa and use the hashtag #HolidayswithBENRUS for a chance to win some of the latest gear. BENRUS watches, sunglasses, duffle bags and backpacks are available for purchase at www.BENRUS.com

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Aggressive play the aim for offense

Posted by Chris Brown on December 14, 2014 – 9:03 am

Robert Woods talked about it after the loss to Denver last week, more aggressive play right from the jump for Buffalo’s offense. Heading into Sunday’s game with Green Bay, he and his offensive teammates are hoping it happens.

“Attitude and just going after the defense,” said Woods when asked what he means by being more aggressive. “What we see and what they give us and what we feel like we can take in certain routes, certain runs, certain plays and just always attacking and keeping them on their heels. Just keep moving forward.”

Fred Jackson believes there will be opportunities in the air and on the ground against a Packer defense that surrenders points.

“Running the ball we feel like we can run the ball and we have to be able to run the ball and we feel like we can do it against them,” he said. “It’s about being aggressive and going after them. I think that’s what he wants to do. We all want to go after them, get some long scoring plays, get the crowd into the game and being loud for us and if we do that it gives us the best chance to win.”

And winning is a must because a loss essentially ends the Bills attempt to stay in playoff contention.

“It’s do or die,” said Woods. “We have to win so no reason to hold back.”

 


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Bills now have 3 with 50 catches

Posted by Chris Brown on December 8, 2014 – 1:14 pm

With Fred Jackson and Sammy Watkins both busy in yesterday’s loss to the Broncos, the Bills now have three players with at least 50 receptions this season. It’s a feat that hasn’t been accomplished by too many Bills teams.

Jackson (53 rec.) and Watkins (58 rec.) joined Robert Woods (52 rec.) to give Buffalo three players that have not eclipsed the 50-catch mark this season. It is just the seventh time in team history in which at least three players have 50-plus receptions.

Below is the list of previous seasons in which the Bills had three players with at least 50 catches apiece.

Year Players
1987 Andre Reed (57), Chris Burkett (56), Ronnie Harmon (56)
1991 Andre Reed (81), Thurman Thomas (62), James Lofton (57)
1992 Andre Reed (65), Thurman Thomas (58), James Lofton (51)
1993 Pete Metzelaars (68), Bill Brooks (60), Andre Reed (52)
2001 Larry Centers (77), Eric Moulds (61), Peerless Price (52)
2003 Eric Moulds (64), Josh Reed (58), Bobby Shaw (56)
2014 Sammy Watkins (58), Fred Jackson (53), Robert Woods (52)


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Bills top 3 WRs limited

Posted by Chris Brown on December 4, 2014 – 3:32 pm

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Bills head coach Doug Marrone isn’t concerned about whether they’ll be available on Sunday, but it’s clear that each of Buffalo’s top three receivers are at less than 100 percent.

Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods and Chris Hogan were all limited in practice Thursday as the team prepares for a big road date at Denver. Fellow WR Mike Williams also sustained a calf injury in practice Thursday and was limited too.

Player Pos Injury Participation Thursday
Jarius Wynn DE Knee DNP
Chris Gragg TE Knee DNP
Dan Carpenter K Right Groin LP
Bacarri Rambo S Hamstring LP
Sammy Watkins WR Hip LP
Marcell Dareus DT Hip LP
Chris Hogan WR Hamstring LP
Robert Woods WR Ankle LP
Mike Williams WR Calf LP

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PFF game review shines on Bradham, DL & Woods

Posted by Chris Brown on December 2, 2014 – 2:32 pm

The Bills win over Cleveland is reviewed play by play by Pro Football Focus along with every other game during the week of action in the NFL. Here was their assessment of last Sunday’s win and who stood out in the victory.

Buffalo Bills – Performances of Note

Nigel Bradham, LB: +6.1
Breakdown: While he’d have been even happier is he had picked that pass off, Bradham had another excellent outing on Sunday. Tremendous against the run and solid in coverage, there was little not to like about his efforts

Signature Play: Q4, 3:26 remaining. Snagging one of the seven defensive stops he had in the game, Bradham stopped running back Terrance West for a 3-yard gain with no yards after the catch here.

Starting Defensive Line: +7.1 combined
Breakdown: Another strong outing saw Mario Williams, Marcell Dareus, Kyle Williams and Jerry Hughes all finish with positive grades up front. They were simply too much for the Browns’ offensive line to handle throughout the game, both against the run and as pass rushers.

Signature Stat: With some tough play up front, they held the Browns to 2.2 yards per carry when you take out the 18-yard run on the game’s final play.

Robert Woods, WR: +0.8
Breakdown: Sammy Watkins gets the headlines for his big plays as a rookie so far, but not enough is often said about second-year receiver Robert Woods. Adding a big play in most games for the Bills this season, he did it again on Sunday.

Signature Play: Q3, 8:36 remaining. Setting the Bills up inside the Cleveland 5-yard line by hauling in the deep pass, he did so despite pass interference from Buster Skrine on the play.

PFF Game Ball
Nigel Bradham was the best player on a defense that made life impossible for the Cleveland offense. He may not have held onto the would-be interception, but the PFF Game Ball stays in his grasp.


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Players know 3rd down needs a jump start

Posted by Chris Brown on December 1, 2014 – 1:44 pm

The Bills offense had a trying time of converting on third down Sunday in their win over the Browns. So although they enjoyed the win, the men on offense realize they’ll need to dramatically improve their third down conversion rate this coming Sunday in Denver.

“We didn’t do well on third downs, I don’t know if we converted one, at all? But we won the game,” said Robert Woods. “That’s something we have to work on. We’ve got to win on third downs and put ourselves in good situations.”

Buffalo was 2-for-15 on third down conversions in the game. The Bills did not convert on their first 11 third down opportunities. Their first conversion came with 7:29 left in the game when Marqueis Gray took a short pass for 41 yards on a crucial 3rd-and-1. The other conversion came three plays later, on another 3rd-and-1, with Fred Jackson getting the necessary yard. Buffalo eventually kicked a field goal.

“We weren’t executing on third downs,” said Eric Wood. “We still didn’t play great. A lot of times, those four yard runs in the first half, those turned into six and seven yard runs in the second half.  And we were saying then, we want to be patient.  But at the same time, it’s frustrating when you’re not scoring.  We gotta do a better job on third down, that’s for sure.”

The Bills rank 26th in the league in third down conversion percentage at 36.3%.


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Woods comes up big on 4th down

Posted by Chris Brown on November 30, 2014 – 6:24 pm

It may not have been the biggest play of the game, but on a day when the offense was struggling to reach scoring territory let alone the end zone, Robert Woods catch on 4th-and-3 was large.

Coming off his nine-catch 118-yard performance Monday night, Woods was playing with confidence, but the offense was struggling, particularly on third down. Come a critical 4th-and-3 at the Cleveland 37, Woods delivered.

“It was just a backside slant, front side I guess (Cleveland) covered pretty well and scramble drill with me and Kyle (Orton), I ran a slant and just tried to find an open spot on the field, went up high and he placed it where only I could catch it,” said Woods.

“Yeah we were trying, fourth-and-three, we were trying to get the first down obviously, and throw a little out route to Hogan and they covered it well,” said Kyle Orton. “The offensive line did a great job and I kind of worked back and I was going to try to run for it and I picked my head up and saw Robert (Woods) working back to the end zone and gave him a chance to make a play and he went up and I thought Robert had another good day.”

Orton hit Hogan for a three-yard touchdown on the next play, Buffalo’s only offensive touchdown of the game, but it was enough to get the victory.

“It feels pretty good, especially winning at home, you can feel the energy on the sideline,” said Woods. “I told Aaron (Williams), winning feels good, we’ve just got to keep winning.”

 


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Woods limited on Bills injury report

Posted by Chris Brown on November 26, 2014 – 2:08 pm

Here’s a look at the Bills injury report following Wednesday’s practice. Robert Woods was listed as limited with ankle injury, but head coach Doug Marrone feels Woods will be ready for Sunday’s game.

“He’ll be fine,” said Marrone.

DID NOT PRACTICE
DE Jarius Wynn – knee
TE Chris Gragg – knee
TE Lee Smith – illness

LIMITED PRACTICE
K Dan Carpenter – groin
WR Robert Woods – ankle
S Baccari Rambo – hamstring


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Ryan: Got to give Woods credit

Posted by Chris Brown on November 26, 2014 – 11:04 am

Jets head coach Rex Ryan admitted that their defensive game plan was to shut down Sammy Watkins after he torched them in the first meeting for 157 yards on three catches and a touchdown. In the aftermath of their 38-3 loss to the Bills in the second meeting Ryan tipped his hat to Robert Woods (9 rec. 118 yds, 1 TD), who made the Jets pay for focusing their pass defense on Watkins.

“We had a plan to take away Sammy Watkins,” Ryan said. “I thought we pretty much did that, but they kind of exposed us on the other side and I probably should’ve been more balanced in my approach, coverage wise.

“They have some talented players on there and they made some plays. Robert Woods had a career day and again like I said, they knew, they’re no dummies. We weren’t going to let the one kid (Watkins) kill us again, so the other guy hurt us. To their credit, Woods made some great catches. I give him credit.”


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Bills tip hat to fans that trekked to Detroit

Posted by Chris Brown on November 25, 2014 – 1:06 am

The players weren’t sure what kind of atmosphere they’d be walking into at Ford Field Monday night with their game against the Jets moved in the wake of the record snowfall back in Buffalo. But as always Bills fans delivered giving the players an added dose of motivation thanks to their unyielding support.

“I wasn’t (surprised),” said Boobie Dixon of the fan support. “They’ve been great all year. People were telling us on Twitter or Instagram or Facebook that they were going to be there and I believed. Everybody was saying the game might be sold out and we were like, ‘Whoa, they really love us so we’ve got to put on for these people.’ We’ve got to represent and that’s what we went out there to do.”

Head coach Doug Marrone was naturally concerned that the team would lose home field advantage with the game moved 500 miles west to Detroit.

“I’ll tell you what our fans were phenomenal,” said Marrone. “When I first came out there I didn’t know what to expect. I know there was a (Detroit) radio station trying to garner up some support for the Jets with a ‘green out’ or something like that. We had heard about that. You get concerned about whether it’ll be home field and whether we need to use a silent count (on offense). As soon as I came out and looked to the right and saw all those blue jerseys I was like, ‘Holy cow, here we go. We’ve got the crowd.’ That was a little bit of a relief at the beginning of the game.”

“That was big. It was definitely something that we weren’t sure about what was going to happen,” said Mario Williams. “I don’t even know how  the weather is there, whether it’s cleared up or what.  For people to come out of their way with everything going on back home, that means a lot to us and we definitely took it to the field.”

“Crowd-wise it seemed like we had the majority of the fans here,” said Robert Woods. “They were pretty loud cheering for us. We were making plays. Really I just think we kept the crowd in it and I think that helped us as well. It felt like a home game for us. We had to play football regardless of whether it was home or away or neutral site we had to play and win this game.”


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Bills look to end red zone slump

Posted by Chris Brown on November 23, 2014 – 1:33 pm

The Bills had a good deal of success in the red zone in their first meeting with the Jets going 4-for-6 in their 20-point win back in Week 8. Since then however, Buffalo’s offense has gone 0-for-8 in the red zone since. Head coach Doug Marrone has been preaching a more aggressive approach inside the opponent’s 20-yard line, and the players are taking that message to heart.

Robert Woods explained what that means for him as a receiver.

“Be physical, run, be an open target at all times. Really just play fast,” said Woods. “When he says play aggressive it just means be ready for everything. Attack them when you come off the ball and make them back up and play everything, play honest.”

“We’re getting down there enough and moving the ball efficiently,” said Kyle Orton. “We had two drives in the first half last game and we had a 16-play drive and a 12-play drive. We had some issues early on on third down and we’ve done a better job with that.

“The red zone seems to be the last thing that comes. Everything is tighter down there. Everything is tougher down there. I think we’ve just got to keep working, keep pushing and when we finally break through we’ll do a good job.”


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Nike uniform of Week 11

Posted by buffalobills.com on November 12, 2014 – 2:08 pm

Each week Nike presents the Uniform of the Week where you’ll see a photo of the combination your Buffalo Bills will be wearing on the field.

The uniform combo for the Week 11 game between the Buffalo Bills and the Miami Dolphins will be the team’s white jerseys on royal blue pants. Shop for your own Nike jersey by clicking here

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Here are the Bills uniform combinations so far in 2014:

Week 1 at Chicago Bears: White / White

Week 2 vs. Miami Dolphins: Throwback White / White

Week 3 vs. San Diego Chargers: Blue / White

Week 4 at Houston Texans: White / White

Week 5 at Detroit Lions: White / Blue

Week 6 vs. New England Patriots: Blue / White

Week 7 vs. Minnesota Vikings: White / White

Week 8 at New York Jets: White / Blue

Week 9 bye

Week 10 vs. Kansas City Chiefs: Blue / White

Week 11 at Miami Dolphins: White / Blue


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Robert Woods’ BOSE playlist

Posted by buffalobills.com on October 18, 2014 – 10:30 am

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This year BOSE, the Official Sound of the Bills, is going to bring insider access to fans by showing fans what songs Bills players listen to on game day.  For 12 weeks during the 2014 season, a different Bills player will be featured in the Player Playlist, presented by BOSE.  For week #7, it’s Bills WR Robert Woods.  Check out the songs Robert will be listening to on Sunday to get him pumped up before he takes on Minnesota.


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Woods: Penalties cost us big

Posted by Chris Brown on September 21, 2014 – 6:26 pm

There were a number of instances where a positive play by the Bills on offense was wiped out by a penalty. On defense there were situations where a penalty handed the Chargers a fresh set of downs. At day’s end the 11 penalties for 101 yards proved to be a killer when it came to possessing the ball or getting it back.

“It’s a big impact,” said Robert Woods. “It slows us down, it slows down the tempo. It’s energy and then it’s a drop, it’s a downer. We just have to eliminate them and it puts us in a bad situation on third down and it cost us the game.”

Bills DT Kyle Williams felt their miscues only extended the opportunities for the Chargers.

“I think we contributed a good bit,” he said. “From some assignment issues, some different things and then with penalties, we contributed.  I’m not taking anything away from them.  They beat us.  They played better than we did, but we didn’t help ourselves.”

Buffalo’s defense gave the Chargers offense five first downs via penalty.


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