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2019 Los Angeles Rams roster preview: WR Robert Woods continues to lead

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For a man who just recently received a raise, Woods continues to put his best foot forward. The de facto leader in the receiver room, Woods is looking to put together a banner year in 2019.

Los Angeles Rams WR Robert Woods high fives fans after a catch during training camp, Jul. 27, 2019. Photo by Keith Birmingham/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News via Getty Images

It’s not typical of an NFL player to have a true “breakout” season at 26-years old, though that’s exactly what Los Angeles Rams WR Robert Woods managed to do in 2018.

After four mediocre seasons in the Buffalo Bills’ archaic offense that lacked solid quarterback play and one more season with the Rams that ended in injury, Woods exploded on the scene to the tune of 86 receptions, 1,219 receiving yards, and six touchdowns. As if that wasn’t enough productivity, Woods chipped in another 157 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown.

In a receiver room that consists of fantastic players such as WR Brandin Cooks and WR Cooper Kupp, Woods seems to have taken the leadership role. When talking about the most dependable receivers in the league, Woods’ name must be mentioned in the discussion.

Roster Battle

There really is no roster battle for Woods. The only battle he’ll encounter is the one for targets as the Rams are littered with weapons. His receiving room contains the aforementioned Cooks and Kupp as well as Josh Reynolds (roster preview) as perhaps the best WR4 in the NFL. The running backs are sure to get a lot of work as well, spanning all three of Todd Gurley , Malcolm Brown (roster preview), and rookie Darrell Henderson (roster preview). Last but not least, the tight ends figure to get their feet wet within the offense as TE Gerald Everett (roster preview) and TE Tyler Higbee (roster preview) form a formidable duo.

Expectations

The expectations for Woods are great, and that’s not by accident. Woods has managed to exceed every expectation that was cast upon him by both the team and fans alike, which is exactly why he was rewarded with a pay raise recently. In terms of statistical output, it’ll be difficult to forecast as the ball is spread so evenly in Head Coach Sean McVay’s offense, though it is fair to expect at minimum a 1,000-yard season.

Chances of making the final roster (10/10)

Robert Woods made this roster, and there’s nothing anybody can do about it. Except for YG, and he just bringing the homie on board: