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Role for Bills WR Robert Woods not diminished

Three games into the pre-season, there's some good news and bad news for the Bills first string offense.  The good news is the offense is moving the ball.  The bad news is the offense isn't moving the ball across the goal line and into the end zone.
The number one group has yet to score a touchdown in its 10 pre-season drives.  Wide receiver Robert Woods was a guest on the WGR morning show on Tuesday and said there's no reason to freak out but the guys on offense aren't happy about it either.  
"You get down there, you’re supposed to score" Woods said.  "You’re supposed to score in the red zone, that’s our job.  It is pre-season but it shouldn’t continue.  Once the season gets going we do not want to have those same tendencies in the red zone, we need to go in there and get six."
The pre-season story for Woods has been somewhat puzzling.  The former USC Trojan has seen some of his playing time with the first string handed over to Chris Hogan, who has impressed the coaching staff with his work in the slot.  But Woods still figures prominently in the Bills offensive plans and says his role this season will be to play everywhere.  

"Outside and inside, trying to make plays and that shows with the coaches when they put me in" Woods said.  "I really haven’t been in the same spot in one continuous game.  I’ve just been moving around, trying to get mismatches with the defense and see where they can use me and where I fit best."
One of two second round picks in the 2013 draft, Woods had a solid rookie season with 40 catches for 587 yards and three touchdowns.  He did miss two games due to an ankle injury which ended up requiring some off season surgery.  Woods is looking forward to year number two alongside EJ Manuel and, as is the case with Bills fans, the California native is looking forward to seeing Sammy Watkins on the field.  Woods watched a number of Clemson games and said Watkins is as advertised. 
"Everything that I saw at Clemson, I’ve seen so far, his hands, his physicality, his explosiveness once he catches the ball and he makes guys miss.  He hasn’t gotten a ball in space yet where everybody can see that yet but you can definitely see his hands."
 The 40 catches and 587 yards for Woods last season were the most for a Bills rookie receiver since Lee Evans in 2004 but most observers are expecting Watkins to surpass those numbers.

You can listen to the entire interview with Robert Woods:

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