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Wood awaiting possible Pro Bowl call

Posted by Chris Brown on January 17, 2018 – 10:00 am

Eric Wood was a first alternate for this year’s Pro Bowl, meaning if a “starter” for the Pro Bowl bows out due to injury or some other reason, he could participate in this year’s game. Wood in an interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio said he’s already been put on stand by.

Pouncey was questionable heading into last week’s playoff game with a hip injury.

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Bills in good spot at left tackle

Posted by Chris Brown on October 30, 2017 – 11:30 am

The return of Cordy Glenn has certainly helped Buffalo’s offensive line round into form and find a groove the last two games. An underrated left tackle, Glenn performed admirably each of the last two games in pass protection and the run game. With him in the starting lineup, and rookie Dion Dawkins the swing tackle, the Bills are in very good standing at a very important position.

“Any time you get a guy like Cordy back, it helps,” said Eric Wood. “But I don’t want to take anything away from Dion. Dion really impressed me in his time.  We have two, good, left tackle options right now. But Cordy is an elite player in this league. He’s played at an elite level for a long time. But I’m really excited about Dion’s future.”

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Wood on the challenge a short week presents

Posted by Chris Brown on October 30, 2017 – 10:57 am

It’s a short, compressed week for the Bills to not only prepare for the Jets, but to travel and allow their bodies to physically recover. Most players will tell you a week this short doesn’t allow the body to completely recover from the physical demands of Sunday’s game, but everyone has to do their best.

“You’ve got to get your body back—quick recovery,” said Eric Wood. “Everything has to speed up as far as preparation goes. A lot of time spent at home studying as well as at the building. It’s tough on players and coaches, but the way I look at it, it’s a chance for us to play in prime time which we don’t do a ton. I’m looking forward to it.”


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Wood has seen late preseason QB moves before

Posted by Chris Brown on August 31, 2017 – 12:39 pm

Eric Wood is one of the longest tenured players on the Bills roster. That fact has exposed him to a number of different scenarios, including late preseason quarterback signings. On Monday the Bills had to add quarterback Keith Wenning after Tyrod Taylor and T.J. Yates both sustained concussions in the loss to Baltimore last Saturday. Forced to get a new QB up to speed in short order is no easy task, but having seen it before, Wood knows it’s possible.

“It’s going to be a challenge,” said Wood. “That’s on us as an offensive line, getting the quarterbacks hit too much and that’s part of this predicament we’re in. We’ve been in this position before. I’ve seen it here before. Fortunately (Wenning) has some knowledge of the offense. He’s heard some of this lingo before.”

Wood remembers in 2013 when the Bills traded for Thad Lewis and signed Matt Leinart late in the preseason. A year later they signed Jordan Palmer after the preseason was already underway and a week before the season they signed another QB. Kyle Orton wound up starting the last 12 games of the season.

“Leinart, Jordan Palmer, it’s a crash course for them,” said Wood. “It’ll be no different with Wenning. “We’ve got to get snaps with him. We’ve got to get familiar with him up front. The receivers have to get familiar with him and then they’ve got to most importantly learn the plays before game time. But it is possible. Quarterbacks are generally pretty smart individuals. It is the situation it is. I look for whoever comes in to make the most of the opportunity.”

Wood is not expected to play Thursday night along with a host of other starters, but as they get ready for the regular season the goals are small with respect to refining the offense into a unit that can execute on a consistent basis.

“We just have to keep making steps as an offense. Each time we hit the field make another step,” he said. “Get a little bit better each day. You can’t play what ifs in this league, but if we don’t hurt ourselves so much with penalties on offense through the first three preseason games I’d like to see how many points we might’ve put on the board. But those penalties are our fault. It is what it is but we’ve just got to move forward and keep getting better.”


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Wood: the daily work must continue

Posted by Chris Brown on August 14, 2017 – 2:19 pm

Although training camp is wrapping up at St. John Fisher on Tuesday for the Bills, there is a lot still on the team’s to-do list. One player who has been through his share of camp prep under a number of different coaches is Eric Wood, who agrees the team has to keep grinding when they return to One Bills Drive.

Wood, much like coach McDermott, wasn’t happy when they got off to a slow start in practice Monday.

“The lack of execution early for the offense was kind of the same old – we had a couple offsides, a dropped ball on third down – it’s just little stuff that keeps drives going that takes points off the board. That stuff obviously needs to be eliminated; We have a long way to go before the regular season, we’re not going to quit working now.”

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Wood to be 100 percent for training camp

Posted by Chris Brown on June 15, 2017 – 4:35 pm

Coming back from a serious broken leg suffered against Seattle, the rehab process proved to be a steady one for Eric Wood. Entering the spring practices there was a plan in place in the event that Wood’s leg developed soreness after pounding on it working on the field. Fortunately for Wood, and Buffalo’s offensive line that didn’t prove to be a problem at all.

“It went great. I missed one day the first week of OTAs and we had planned that if I had any setbacks or got too sore I would take a day off, but I didn’t need a day off the rest of the time,” said Wood. “So I’m encouraged. I definitely should be 100 percent barring anything crazy happening over the next month. So I’m looking forward to it.”


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Factors in decision on Groy

Posted by Chris Brown on March 15, 2017 – 8:01 am

The L.A. Rams offer sheet to Ryan Groy was signed by the restricted free agent Tuesday. The reported terms are two years, $5M with a reported $3.5M guaranteed. It will be interesting to see the Bills course of action. Here are some factors that could impact the decision to match or not to match.

Buffalo recently tried to lure free agent OT Andre Smith to sign with them, but he has chosen to re-sign with the club that drafted him, Cincinnati. Do the anticipated dollars devoted to a hopeful Smith signing now get partially allocated to match the offer sheet signed by Groy?

Groy is a versatile asset for an offensive line. He can play center, guard or even tackle in a pinch. He proved himself more than capable in the final seven starts at center last season.

Perhaps even more important, Eric Wood is entering the final year of his contract and will be a free agent following the 2017 season. Wood is only 30-years old and can certainly play a few more years, but Groy is a fairly sizable investment decision that must be made by the club.

Buffalo does have a backup center in Patrick Lewis, but he’s strictly a center as most with a trained eye see him. 

We’ll know in a few days.

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Bills family supports Eric Wood at Flights & Bites

Posted by on October 18, 2016 – 4:27 pm


Bills center Eric Wood hosted his second annual Flights and Bites event in downtown Buffalo on Monday, Oct. 17. The event, which followed the team’s big win over the San Francisco 49ers, featured many players who chose to spend their time off supporting their teammate. Coming together for a good cause, the evening consisted of both silent and live auctions to benefit the Eric Wood Foundation, which seeks to provide aid to families of sick children.

“Just a fun…Monday night, (it’s a) chance for a lot of the guys and coaches to come out and interact with a lot of the fans and raise money for sick children and their families here in Western New York,” said Wood. Especially after a win yesterday (Sunday, Oct. 16), the spirits are always high and people are in the giving spirit in times like that.”

The support from the Bills family proved truly tremendous, as over 30 Bills players and coaches attended the event. The turnout included, Bills general manager Doug Whaley, head coach Rex Ryan, offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn, quarterback Tyrod Taylor, safety Aaron Williams, guard Richie Incognito, defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, wide receiver Marquise Goodwin, linebacker Reggie Ragland, safety Colt Anderson, cornerback Kevon Seymour, linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, kicker Dan Carpenter, defensive tackle Kyle Williams and many more.

For more information on the Eric Wood Foundation, visit here.

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Wood dismisses reports of crisis at 1 Bills Dr.

Posted by Chris Brown on September 19, 2016 – 3:03 pm

He spent the weekend sitting on his couch watching football on TV and various media reports about Friday’s events at One Bills Drive on his phone. Suffice to say that Eric Wood could only shake his head with the reports of what the atmosphere is like at the team’s facility in the wake of the Greg Roman firing.

Most of the headlines described the Bills as a team in crisis mode with a coordinator being fired after just two games. Wood dismissed that description Monday.

“I feel like when I read media reports it feels like a lot more crisis than we feel in the building,” he said. “I was sitting on the couch watching games (Sunday) and read eight different reports of what went down on Friday. Only we know the truth, but it didn’t feel nearly as hectic as everyone made it seem.”

When asked why it doesn’t feel chaotic Wood could only say that it simply didn’t.

“I don’t know how to answer that other than to say it doesn’t feel chaotic around here. We made a switch at OC. The switch came from within. It doesn’t feel chaotic,” he said. “We’re just moving on to business as usual and we’ve got an important game this week.”

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Bills O-line not resting on its laurels

Posted by Chris Brown on June 1, 2016 – 3:48 pm

Buffalo’s offensive line had a lot to hang their hat on last season. Number one in rushing, number one in rushing yards per attempt, among other accolades. But the men up front are in no way content with their performance knowing where the team’s record finished up in 2015.

Pro Bowl center Eric Wood confirmed that the team’s offensive linemen are determined to take another step forward in 2016.

“There is a lot to improve on we were far from perfect,” said Wood. “We didn’t start out the year great. I think we all got better as the year went on. We learned more what was expected of us day in and day out as far as the plays go and the walking schemes. We can get  a lot better, we can get a lot firmer on our protection. Make Tyrod [Taylor] feel as comfortable as we can. With that stable of running backs behind us they make us look good a lot of the time. We want to keep improving on our job.”

Wood is hosting his annual ‘Dinner for a Difference’ at the Hyatt downtown. It’s his foundation’s biggest fundraiser of the year. A lot of local celebrities and players will be out waiting tables and it is a fine dining event with a cocktail hour and a bunch of high end live auction items. The event helps to support sick and disabled children in the WNY community and their families.

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Bills HOF’er & Pro Bowler to announce day 2 picks

Posted by Chris Brown on April 28, 2016 – 5:00 pm

The Bills will have one of their Hall of Famers and one of their 2015 Pro Bowlers at the lectern in Chicago Friday night to announced their day 2 draft picks.

Bruce Smith will be announcing Buffalo’s second-round pick Friday night. He’ll be followed by Bills Pro Bowl center Eric Wood, who will announced the team’s third-round pick.


Both Smith (1985) and Wood (2009) were former first-round selections of the Bills.

Smith was the first overall pick in 1985.

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Bills 3 Pro Bowlers all on same squad

Posted by Chris Brown on January 28, 2016 – 9:35 am

In the wake of the Pro Bowl draft all three representatives from the Bills were selected to the same squad.

Richie Incognito, Tyrod Taylor and Eric Wood were all selected by Team Rice on Wednesday night. By the looks of the lineup it appears that Incognito will start at left guard. Taylor and Wood will hit the field Sunday night as subs.

The other interesting aspect of the Pro Bowl is all of the quarterbacks will be mic’d up live for the game. So when Taylor gets in the game you’ll be able to hear him interacting with teammates in the huddle and at the line of scrimmage.

Here’s a look at the Team Rice roster, which includes Buffalo’s three Pro Bowl reps.

The Pro Bowl airs Sunday night at 7 pm on ESPN.

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Wood: Goal already set for O-line in 2016

Posted by Chris Brown on January 25, 2016 – 3:45 pm

Bills Pro Bowl center Eric Wood, who was named to the Pro Bowl roster officially on Monday as a replacement for Carolina C Ryan Kalil, talked about the parts of the offense that he felt helped his case as a Pro Bowl caliber player this season. He also shared a team goal that the offensive line already has on the docket for 2016.

Finishing tops in the league in rushing and having a quarterback with the seventh-highest passer rating in the NFL were both good reflections on Wood’s play as he saw it.

“Those are good indicators,” said Wood. “I think our film looked a lot better too. Guys that really dove into our film I think as a group we looked a lot better this year. We just look to improve on that going into next year. I think a really cool one would be if we can get LeSean (McCoy) the rushing title. That is definitely an honor. We took a little trip down to Key West to start the offseason and we talked about that a bunch. That’s a goal for us next year.”

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Taylor, Wood cramming for Pro Bowl

Posted by Chris Brown on January 25, 2016 – 1:51 pm

Eric Wood and Tyrod Taylor are both headed to the Pro Bowl as replacements for Carolina Panthers Ryan Kalil and Cam Newton as both of them are advancing to the Super Bowl. Wood and Taylor are all too happy to step in, but their travel schedule just got a lot more hectic this week.

Both Taylor and Wood are flying to Hawaii Tuesday morning and will begin preparations for the game not long after their land in Honolulu.

“I’ll get into Hawaii about 4 pm Hawaii time,” Wood told “We have a players’ meeting that night at seven and we’ll get more of our schedule details from there. The good thing was I knew it was coming so I was prepared that if they won I’d be going. But I didn’t want to jinx anything and make any plans.”

The league informs the Pro Bowl alternates what has to occur in the NFL playoffs to get their opportunity to play in the Pro Bowl.

“I kind of knew all along as an alternate that I needed Carolina to go to the Super Bowl and then I’d be going,” said Wood. “I’ve been rooting pretty hard for Carolina throughout the playoffs. So when they won I knew I was in and someone from the league contacted me about 11:30 last night. I’ve been making travel arrangements. I’m on the way back from the University of Louisville now from a workout. I was trying to do a little crash course to get back in shape and get ready to play a game this weekend.”

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Asst. OL coach Anderson leaves for Arkansas

Posted by Chris Brown on January 9, 2016 – 10:31 pm

The first change to Buffalo’s coaching staff has taken place this offseason. Bills assistant offensive line coach Kurt Anderson has announced he’s leaving the Bills to take over as offensive line coach at the University of Arkansas. Anderson made the announcement on his Twitter account.


Anderson was instrumental this past season in coaching Buffalo’s offensive line while offensive line coach Aaron Kromer serves a six-game team-imposed suspension. Head coach Rex Ryan praised Anderson’s efforts in Kromer’s absence. Buffalo’s offensive linemen also had a good deal of respect for the up and coming assistant coach.

“I’m really excited for Kurt,” said Eric Wood. “He is a great coach and will do a great job at Arkansas. I learned a lot from him during his time with the Bills and I know he will bring a lot to the table for Arkansas.”

Arkansas alum and TE Chris Gragg also expressed his excitement that his alma mater was getting Anderson as a new assistant.

“This is a great opportunity for Kurt,” said Gragg. “Arkansas will be a great fit for him. He is a great young coach with alot of energy and fire. I loved working with him at the Bills and know players at Arkansas will feel the same.”

Anderson also gave props to his Buffalo Bills family.


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Bills focused on what win meant for them

Posted by Chris Brown on January 3, 2016 – 10:34 pm

After their gutty win over the Jets on Sunday the predominant line of questioning from the media was if the players took any satisfaction in preventing New York from advancing to the playoffs in their 22-17 victory. It was made very clear by each player asked that the Bills were more focused on what the win meant for them.

With eyes already on 2016, the Bills feel the win over the Jets, which completed a season sweep and now has Buffalo’s winning streak against the Jets up to five straight, has helped them capture the kind of synergy they need between their preparation during the week and trust and execution with one another and the coaching staff on game day.

“It definitely was a big game for us. An opportunity for us to sweep a divisional team. We knew going into this game there was a lot for us to learn from this season,” said Tyrod Taylor. “But it was more so just attitude and going into next year. We went out there and got the job done.”

“Honestly, whether this was about them going to win and in or whatever they were saying, it was never really about that,” said Eric Wood. “We weren’t talking about it, we wanted to get this win for us. Did we want our division rival at our expense to go to the playoffs on our home field, heck no.”

“They had a playoff chance and we knocked them out,” said Manny Lawson. “More so than knocking them out we won, and that’s takes precedence over everything.”

“Honestly it wasn’t about keeping them out of the playoffs. There’s still football that has to be played. I know we’re not going to the playoffs, but our fans come out and cheer us on. It wasn’t about the Jets, it was about us finishing the right way,” said Sammy Watkins. “Just building off the season and next year we can come to training camp and say hey, we won our last two games, won two out of three in our division with two sweeps and we’ve just got to continue to grow as a team. Just staying in with each other.”

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Finishing with top run game important

Posted by Chris Brown on January 3, 2016 – 10:13 am

The Bills enter Sunday’s game with the top rushing attack and they’d like to finish that way coming out of their final game with the Jets.

“It would be amazing. It would be amazing, especially with the group of guys we had carry the ball this year,” said Karlos Williams. “Some guys not here still, but the group of guys we’ve had running the football this year, Shady leading the way, it’s been amazing. So much to learn in this running back room and from this offense and from this coaching staff and I’m just happy to be a part of it.”

“Absolutely, it’s important,” said Eric Wood. “We’re out of the playoffs, but that’s something you can hang your hat on going into the offseason. We’d rather have the win in all cases, but we’re proud to lead the league in rushing.”

It won’t be easy with the Bills facing the top run defense in football in the Jets. However, New York was the top run defense the first time Buffalo faced them and the Bills rolled up 148 yards on them, the most by any team this season.

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Taylor, 2 Bills OL head Pro Bowl alternates

Posted by Chris Brown on December 23, 2015 – 12:42 pm

LeSean McCoy was aptly named to the Pro Bowl by his NFL peers as announced on NFL Network last night. He was the only starter named to the league’s all-star game from the Bills. Four other Bills however, were named as Pro Bowl alternates in the event that some starters are unavailable for the game. Two of the four were also largely responsible along with McCoy in giving Buffalo the number one rushing offense in the league.

Head coach Rex Ryan announced the team’s four Pro Bowl alternates Wednesday.

“We had four alternates to the Pro Bowl,” said Ryan. “It was Richie Incognito. Obviously I expected Richie to be playing in the game, but he was named an alternate as was Eric Wood and Marcell Dareus and then Tyrod Taylor also. So those are our alternates to the Pro Bowl.”

Woods and Incognito anchored Buffalo’s offensive line this season, and helped vault the offense to the top of the league in rushing. Taylor also had a hand in that statistic as the team’s second-leading rusher behind McCoy with 450 yards on the ground this season. In fact Taylor is 27 yards from breaking the team’s single-season rushing record by a quarterback, set by Doug Flutie.

Taylor was also one of the highest-rated quarterbacks in the league all season. He currently stands fifth in the league in quarterback rating with a mark of 101.8 and has a 4:1 touchdown to interception ratio this season.

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Taylor does right by his O-line

Posted by Chris Brown on December 22, 2015 – 2:54 pm

We’ve heard before how quarterbacks take care of their offensive linemen because offensive linemen take care of their quarterback all season. From gold watches to other luxury items, quarterbacks often spring for their teammates. Bills QB Tyrod Taylor decided to go big for his offensive linemen this season.

Taylor bought each of his offensive linemen a brand new 65-inch flat screen TV, which was waiting by each of their lockers on Tuesday morning.

“It’s a nice gesture by Tyrod,” said Eric Wood. “It kind of reinforces what I feel about him. He just gets it man. He understands the game. He understands being a quarterback. He understands his role with us. A really nice gesture by him.”

Tyrod TVs

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Washington defensive front has size edge

Posted by Chris Brown on December 20, 2015 – 10:12 am

It’s one of the biggest defensive fronts in the league. Washington’s defensive line and edge pass rushers in their 3-4 scheme are hard to root out and move. So for Buffalo’s offensive line they’ll have to scheme around them knowing that blowing them off the ball is unrealistic.

“It’ll be a challenge for us,” said Eric Wood. “They have a really talented front seven, really physical, that’s been noted this week. I’ve gone against (NT Terrance) Knighton in the past, and I have a lot of respect for him, really tough to move, and he can make plays as well. They’ve assembled that defense with some talented players, for sure.”

Buffalo’s offensive line will be relying on technique to win the battles up front.

“A lot of times with combination blocks, with a guy like Terrence Knighton, you’re not going to crush him off the ball one-on-one,” said Wood. “You have to be sound on your technique on your combination blocks, and when you get a chance to get him rolling, you have to take advantage of it without over-extending yourself because he’s really good at swiping guys by because he doesn’t necessarily have to play over-extended to hold his ground, so if you get over-extended, he’ll swipe you to the ground.”



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