Despite loads of proven talent on both sides of the ball, the Los Angeles Rams are still one of the league’s youngest teams in the league. This has put many of their players with few years of experience in positions of leadership.
One of which has seen wide receiver Robert Woods put into that role heading into his sixth overall season and second year with the Rams. According to Kristen Lago of TheRams.com, it’s something that the 26-year-old is ready to take on that massive responsibility:
“The time on the field [it’s] just not kicking back and letting them run the drills,” Woods said this week. “When you see them make a mistake or anything they can improve on, be a voice, be in their ear, lead by example. We’ve been through it, we have experience, so just trying to share that insight with them when they’re not in.”
Heading into the 2018 season, the Rams have a largely inexperienced group of wide receivers on the roster with Woods having played the most season following the departure of Tavon Austin via a trade to the Dallas Cowboys during the 2018 NFL Draft back in late April. The only other wide receiver that has been in the league more than three years is offseason addition Brandin Cooks.
Aside from that, Cooper Kupp and Josh Reynolds are both just entering their second years while Michael Thomas and Pharoh Cooper are each going into their third year. All of his put Woods in the position to both a mentor and leader to the younger group of wideouts with his voice and play on the field.
He has certainly shown that this past year on the field with 56 catches for a career-high 756 receiving yards that likely could have completely surpassed that had he not missed four games due to a shoulder injury. Nonetheless, there is a prime opportunity in front of Woods to become further ingrained with the Rams beyond further than his production.