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Robert Woods: "I’m ready and willing to go against each and every corner in the league"

Posted Apr 26, 2013

WR Robert Woods comments on being drafted by the Bills.


BUFFALO BILLS SECOND ROUND DRAFT SELECTION (41st Overall)

Wide Receiver Robert Woods Conference Call

Friday, April 26, 2013

Q: Do you think you have a chance to start right away?

A: I’m just going to come in there, compete and just start to take advantage of the opportunity that I have to play with the Bills. It’s a great opportunity to go compete.

Q: What are your thoughts about lining up outside?

A: It comes with the territory. I know coming to the NFL (you’re) playing some bigger and better corners. Like I said, it comes with the territory. I’m ready and willing to go against each and every corner in the league. I feel like with a great scheme you can beat anything with the book.

Q: What do you think are some of the greatest assets of your game?

A: First off my routes, I think part of my routes. Catch with my hands, running the right route, consistent receiver and reliable on third down. I feel like that’s the part of my game that brings value to myself.

Q: How do you feel about fighting in a crowd for balls?

A: It comes with the position. Sometimes you’ve got to make challenging catches. I mean that’s the receiver position, that’s what we’re supposed to do. If the ball’s in the air, it’s our ball.

Q: Your thoughts on growing with QB EJ Manuel?

A: It’s kind of funny because when he got drafted to the Bills I gave him a shout out. It was one of those things where I’ve seen him on trips. I went to Dallas for kind of like an All-Star skills challenge. We’ve built a relationship and now we can grow it even more. I look forward to the opportunity to play with him. He comes from a winning program and hopefully we can do great things at the next level.

Q: Did you hit it off right away with EJ when you guys would be together?

A: Yeah, I think we hit it off pretty good. I mean quarterback-receiver; we’re just trying to bond and make plays for each other.

Q: What are your thoughts about the Bills’ need for a receiver?

A: The Bills, I don’t really know much about their receiving corps; Stevie Johnson because I’ve followed him and watched him. We’re coming in here and hopefully me and EJ can make the team different and win more games. Once again, we’ve got to compete, not only for our spots, but to win games in the future.

Q: Did you have certain expectations or were you disappointed that you had a statistical drop off?

A: I was a little disappointed in a lot of things this year, especially not winning as many games as we should have. Stats come and go. Some things you can’t control. One thing you can control is your play. Obviously I play hard every play and make the best of the opportunities that I did have.

Q: Why did your numbers go down?

A: It’s kind of like the scheme of things. (Lane) Kiffin switched me and Marqise’s (Lee) positions. We played different positions. That added to it and that’s part of the game. I had a great year. Teams are going to kind of focus their attention on and when you another great receiver on the other side, you see what happens.

Q: Does being able to start with EJ as a 1-2 receiver excite you?

A: Yeah it really does excite me. I’ve seen him play; I know what he can do. Just from watching I already trust his arm. So now we’ve got to actually just get out there and do it on the field. I’m looking forward to it. I can’t wait to catch that first pass in the NFL level. I’m just looking forward to being out there and making plays for the Bills.

Q: Do you think your game against Coach Marrone and Syracuse had any impact on this decision?

A: I hope so. I had a big game against Syracuse. Hopefully that was the marking point. Hopefully that was something he remembered. I want to thank him for making that selection and coming up and getting me. It’s just an honor to play football in the NFL.