After spending four seasons with the Buffalo Bills, Southern California native Robert Woods wanted to return home to Los Angeles to play football, but it was more than just homesickness that led the wideout to sign a five-year contract with the Rams this off-season.
The 25-year-old said along with the team’s new coaching staff, he believes in quarterback Jared Goff, the top pick of the 2016 NFL Draft. Woods joined The Jim Rome Show Thursday and said he thinks Goff is much more than even a franchise quarterback.
“I watched him in college, first off, being at USC and seeing him at Cal and just seeing the potential, he’s the number #1 pick for a reason,” Woods said. “He definitely has the ability to be one of the elite quarterbacks in the game. I mean he’s just young, he’s developing. He has great coaches now with Sean McVay and Matt LaFleur coming over, and they’ve been with some great quarterbacks, so it was only right for me to trust Jared and come over.”
Woods sees new head coach Sean McVay’s age of 31, the youngest head coach in the history of the NFL, as an asset rather than a detriment.
“I think we are able to really, really communicate with him. He doesn’t have that old-school mindset that some coaches have,” Woods said. “You are able to talk to him. You’ve seen him in games. He’s adapted with the game, he’s young, he’s creative, and I think it helps that he allows players to talk with him, and one he’s young, he’s out there competing and talking smack to the offense and to the defense, but he’s always trying to get the guys going. That young spirit we definitely feel.”
The former USC Trojan also sees McVay’s offense as an opportunity to shine, with the ball being thrown around much more than his time in Buffalo. Woods was asked if he believes he’s now got the shot to show everyone that he is a legitimate number wideout in the league.
“Yeah, I think so,” Woods answered. “I go out there, and I compete day in and day out every game and if the ball comes my way, if it does, it does, if it doesn’t, it doesn’t. All I can do is control what I can. And I had opportunities in Buffalo, and I have more opportunities here. Coming over here being the number one receiver, we have an offense where we are trying to throw more, but we do have an excellent back but that’s part of the reason why I came here is because the coaches again, going back to where they come from Atlanta and the Redskins both top in the NFL in passing, attempts and yards, so that was another reason why I thought to come here and be with these coaches as well as Jared.”
Woods also admitted there is pressure to win in Los Angeles with the Chargers coming to town this season, because that’s what the city is about, winning.
“I already think it’s a Rams town, first off,” Woods said. “But this is the first year another team is coming to LA in back-to-back years, so I think it is a little fresh for new upcoming fans to pick a team, but you got to win. People love winners. You got to come out here and win, dominate, and get to the playoffs. People want to see competitive games, and I think the Rams, we bring that.”