According to #Bills source, Robert Woods expected to miss more games because of knee injury. Team targeting Cleveland game for his return.— Thad Brown (@thadbrown7) November 28, 2016
Woods, who is in the final year of his rookie contract, leads the Bills with 42 receptions and 493 receiving yards in nine games. He’s found the end zone once this season.
Woods was injured early in the Bills’ 16-12 win over the Bengals last week, after he came down awkwardly on a catch and bent his knee in a way that knees are not supposed to bend. The timetable makes it seem that there’s no serious ligament damage, and if he can return for the team’s final three games that would be a boon to the team’s anemic passing offense.
Tyrod Taylor has thrown for 166 yards in each of the last two games. Woods accounted for 41 of the yards in the first game, while the newly-returned Sammy Watkins accounted for 80 in the win over the Jaguars. Watkins brings a different dimension to the game than Woods does, one that is sorely needed for an offense that needs to stretch defenses out to give LeSean McCoy and the running game room to work.
Woods, however, is a good contributor on running plays, and can be a solid complement to Watkins in the passing game while occasionally putting up high-level stats himself. The common concern is that other receiver-needy teams are going to price the Bills out of the market on his services this coming offseason, but if the team can make the finances work without hampering their ability to address needs at right tackle, (presumably) cornerback, and (presumably) safety, the front office would be wise to bring him back into the fold.
Either way, it seems like he’ll have a few more chances to show off his talent to the Bills and the rest of the league this season.