by Nick Hamilton (@NickHamiltonLA)
Thousand Oaks, CA — Rams wide receiver Robert Woods coming off back to back 1,100 yard plus seasons, is optimistic about his team and fellow players at his position that can have extreme success this season. With a new contract looming Woods is confident in his abilities and ready to show the organization and the fans why he’s a top notch wide receiver and should be paid as such.
Despite the COVID19 protocols, Woods made sure he remained focused and disciplined in the off season as he prepared for this season.
“I really just tried to bounce around from track to track, high school to high school,” Woods told reporters on a zoom conference call on Thursday. “Get some work in before we got kicked off the field. Really just trying to get it in, staying on the speed and utilize the community – find some hills in the neighborhood and work on that drive-phase to obviously be able to break tackles and continue to make big plays with the ball in my hands.“
As far as Woods being secure that a deal would get done, he smiled and said, “I feel good.“
“Really just coming out here showing them that I’ve been working on my game and pick up where I left off,” he added. “Come in looking built, looking yoked, feel fast and ready to get paid, for sure.”
Woods also maintained that the wide receiver core with guys like Cooper Kupp, Josh Reynolds and rookie Van Jefferson would be able to contribute to some big plays this year.
“We’re obviously trying to get the young guys acclimated very quickly. Have those guys feel in – guys like Van Jefferson, obviously is going to be a big impact in our receiver group. But for me personally, work on my reads and being able to determine where the safeties are. My biggest goal is just my first three steps off the ball.“
Woods also stated that he wants to make sure young people understand the power of voting and registering people of the community to vote. Being an L.A. native he understands how important it is to have our voices heard that otherwise would be ignored from the Black and other communities of color.
He is determined to finish his career in Los Angeles with the Rams, especially after playing his college ball at USC. He’d truly be living the hometown dream if he’s able to retire a Ram.
“I’ve been working here for the Rams and want to be here for the rest of my career, keep playing here in L.A., home stadium.”