NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Robert Woods heard from Rams trainer Sean McVay in a while after the reigning Super Bowl champs agreed to a take care of Allen Robinson. Given a possibility to pick out a brand new group, the receiver nicknamed “Bobby Trees” noticed the Tennessee Titans as the most productive have compatibility in a couple of means.
“Winning the Super Bowl and not being able to play and then joining the organization that’s right there, could’ve been there last (season), my goal is to win it back to back,” Woods stated Wednesday.
The Titans introduced the industry Wednesday, obtaining Woods for a sixth-round select within the 2023 draft. The deal changed into ultimate as soon as Tennessee cleared some much-needed house underneath the wage cap. They additionally introduced they signed again linebacker Dylan Cole to a one-year deal.
Woods changed into expendable in spite of signing a four-year, $65 million contract extension with Los Angeles in September 2020.
Rams basic supervisor Les Snead stated Tuesday that edge rusher Von Miller going to Buffalo freed up cash to signal Robinson. That supposed Los Angeles needed to section techniques with Woods, a liked chief within the Rams’ locker room and a well-liked participant amongst lovers, particularly fellow local Angelenos.
“We wouldn’t have had the success we’ve had since ’17 without Rob,” Snead stated. “There are variables involved when you move on from a pillar player like Rob. Cap situation is one, diversity of skill set being another.”
Woods began chatting with former teammates together with left guard Rodger Saffold, launched two weeks in the past by way of the Titans; receiver Josh Reynolds, now in Detroit; and defensive lineman Antwaun Woods. He sought after to learn about Tennessee’s tradition, locker room and personnel, led by way of AP NFL Coach of the Year Mike Vrabel.
The receiver additionally appreciated what he noticed from the Titans’ roster, together with 2020 AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year Derrick Henry, quarterback Ryan Tannehill and large receiver A.J. Brown, a Pro Bowler in 2020. Woods is referred to as a powerful blocker within the run sport, and the Titans ranked 5th in speeding offense.
“Obviously want to be a physical team. They are that,” Woods said. “You have a physical running back, you have a physical receiver — two of them now — and being able to just set the tone throughout the game. It’s a long season.”
Woods is recovering from a torn left ACL suffered in practice, the first significant injury of his career. The 6-foot, 195-pound receiver says he had a clean tear on Nov. 12 in practice. Asked about a timetable for his return, Woods said he was told not to share that.
“Right on track, getting strong and getting my strength,” Woods stated. “And when the team is ready for me to be out there, I’ll be ready to go.”
After spending four seasons in Buffalo, Woods became a two-time captain with the Rams. He was one of four key figures acquired by the Rams in a four-month period in early 2017 that become cornerstones of the team’s five straight winning seasons.
Woods had 367 catches for 4,626 yards and 23 TDs in 68 games with the Rams. He ranked fifth in the NFL since 2017 among wide receivers with 1,992 yards after the catch.
He also ran for 485 yards, and his five rushing touchdowns tied Curtis Samuel for second behind Deebo Samuel (11). Woods joined only Emmanuel Sanders and DeAndre Hopkins with at least 40 catches and 500 yards receiving in each of the last nine seasons. He has played 14 100-yard games.
AP Sports Writer Greg Beacham in Los Angeles contributed to this record.
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