Rams receiver Robert Woods breaks touchdown drought with spectacular third-down play
By Rich Hammond
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Robert Woods didn’t get traded to the Rams, or drafted by them. He actually chose to join a team that went 4-12 last season, and hadn’t won anything of note in a decade.
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When Woods signed a five-year contract with the Rams in March, he couldn’t possibly have believed they’d be playoff contenders this year, right?
“Yeah, for sure,” Woods said after Sunday’s 51-17 victory over the New York Giants.
“Jared (Goff). Sean McVay,” Woods said. “I believe in both of them. I believe in all (teammates). Jared was the No. 1 pick for a reason. … McVay is a mastermind. He’s the brains, and it shows. His offense is high-powered, so it’s really just about believing in him and trusting the system and working.”
That’s what Woods has been doing for most of this season, without much reward until Sunday.
Woods had been good this season. Steady. Reliable. Usually good for a handful of catches and 50 yards. Yet Woods, who had 12 touchdown catches in 57 games with Buffalo, had yet to score with the Rams. That ended five minutes into the second quarter, with this season’s most remarkable play.
After an offensive pass interference penalty and a chop-block penalty, the Rams faced a 3rd-and-33 play from their 48. Clearly with low expectations, Goff threw a short pass to Woods, who looked upfield and, well, took off. He found room in the middle of the field and ran, untouched, for a 52-yard touchdown.
“I was trying to get […]