USA Football, an organization established by the NFL and NFLPA, has put out its second annual All-Fundamentals Team, which highlights NFL players that play football with proper fundamentals, mechanics and techniques. These players are purported to be the best examples for youth football players looking to model their games after professional athletes.
Buffalo Bills guard/center Eric Wood was one of five offensive linemen named to the team, getting recognized for his pulling abilities and run blocking prowess. (Wood's work in the community was also a factor in his inclusion on the team.)
It's been a good week for Wood, who started his first professional game at center in Sunday's win over Cleveland, making a seamless transition and helping the Bills impose their will in the running game. Wood, a first-round draft pick in 2009 that has started just 21 games as a pro, is the least experienced lineman to make the All-Fundamentals Team. He's joined by Jake Long, Brian Waters, Casey Wiegmann and Michael Roos up front; that's fairly elite company, friends.
A seven-member panel including the likes of Herm Edwards, Merril Hoge and Carl Peterson selected the All-Fundamentals Team. Team members will receive $1,500 each to donate to a youth or high school football program of his choice. Read more on Wood's honor here.