The Los Angeles Rams have received unfortunate news about stud WR Robert Woods today:
McVay says Robert Woods (shoulder) will “probably” be out “a couple weeks.” “It’s an opportunity for other guys to step up.” @CVRamsClub— Joe Curley (@vcsjoecurley) November 21, 2017
With all things considered, it’s not terrible news. Woods could have been lost for the remainder of the season, and that would have posed a true issue. Regardless, the Rams top WR is going to be “out for a couple of weeks” with a shoulder injury, so somebody else will step up.
What does this mean? Well, it means that guys like WR Pharoh Cooper and rookie WR Josh Reynolds should get a lot more playing time. Cooper is more similar to Woods’ playing style as a short-intermediate threat who specializes in route running ability and tough catches in traffic, while Reynolds adds a big frame who can get vertical and do damage down the field.
I suspect the Rams will use a mix of Cooper/Reynolds and potentially even WR Tavon Austin or WR Mike Thomas to help fill the shoes of Woods. Mostly, I’d expect an increase in WR Sammy Watkins’ usage. Not only because he’s a terrific player, but because he’s now the de facto top guy in the unit, and can help fill the hole that’s been presented.
As it stands, the Rams’ leading receiver is going to miss some time.