NASHVILLE – The Titans on Wednesday officially acquired former Rams receiver Robert Woods in a trade with Los Angeles.
Here’s a look at ten things to know about Woods, the Titans, and the trade:
(1) – Woods just completed his ninth NFL season. He’s played in 125 career games, with 115 starts, while spending time with the Rams (2017-2021) and the Buffalo Bills (2013-2016). Woods has recorded 570 catches for 7,077 yards and 35 touchdowns in his playing career. He also has 74 career rushing attempts for 507 yards and five touchdowns. A two-time captain with the Rams, Woods totaled 367 receptions for 4,626 yards and 23 touchdowns in 68 games in five seasons in Los Angeles. Among all players (WR’s, TE’s, RB’s) with a minimum of 50 games between 2017-21, he ranked in the NFL’s top 12 with 5.4 receptions per game (12th), 68.0 receiving yards per game (12th) and 3.5 receiving first downs per game (11th). And among wide receivers during that span, his yards di lui after the catch yardage total (1,992) ranked fifth in the NFL. He became the first Ram to post consecutive seasons with over 1,000 receiving yards since 2007 after doing so in 2018 and 2019. Since entering the NFL in 2013, Woods has never had a season in which he did not have at least 40 receptions and 500 receiving yards. He is one of only three players who accomplished the feat in each of the last nine seasons, along with Emmanuel Sanders (last 10 seasons) and DeAndre Hopkins (nine). Woods has 14 100-yard games in his career, and he’s played in six postseason games, tallying 38 catches in those contests.
(2) – Woods suffered a torn his ACL his left knee during a practice on November 13. Rams coach Sean McVay said at the time Woods went down with a “a freak accident,” and then he got up and finished practice. After conducting media interviews following practice, Woods underwent tests that confirmed the injury. Woods later had surgery, and he’s been rehabbing and recovering ever since. Prior to the injury, Woods was second on the Rams behind Cooper Kupp with 45 catches for 556 yards and four touchdowns. Woods also rushed for 46 yards and a touchdown on eight carries in 2021. His 70 targets this season through Week 9 was tied for 15th in the NFL.
(3) – The Titans are sending the Rams a 2023 sixth-round pick in exchange for Woods.
(4) – Woods was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the second round (41st overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. After playing four seasons with the Bills, where he posted 201 catches for 2,451 yards and 12 touchdowns, he was signed by the Rams as a free agent in 2017.
(5) -Woods was coached in Buffalo by Titans receivers coach Rob Moore during the 2014 season. Also, Titans offensive coordinator Todd Downing was the QBs coach at Buffalo that season, and senior defensive assistant Jim Schwartz was the defensive coordinator at Buffalo in 2014. Woods caught 65 passes for 699 yards and five touchdowns that season with the Bills, the best year of his four seasons in Buffalo.
(6) -Woods played collegiately at USC, where he started 38-of-38 games in three seasons. Woods finished his career as the Trojans’ all-time leader in receptions (252), and he currently ranks eighth in program history with 2,930 receiving yards and second in receiving touchdowns (32). He also set the Trojans record for most receptions in a game with 17 vs Minnesota in 2011.
(7) -Woods returned to USC in 2016 to complete his degree in policy, planning and development. When he graduated, a little over three years after he left school and was selected by the Bills in 2013 draft, he returned to deliver a speech during USC’s commencement ceremony, remembering the final words of his sister, Olivia, who died of cancer in 2007 at the age of 17. “As a freshman in high school, after just having my 15th birthday, I had to face the biggest challenge of my life – the loss of my sister, Olivia Woods,” Woods told the crowd. “This was very challenging for me. With her being two years older than me, I was attached to her hip. In our younger years, when I was struggling in baseball, it was her who taught me how to hit. When I was struggling in school with math problems, it was her who was there to help me. She was someone I could always count on to be there for me. ” Olivia Woods was diagnosed with sarcoma cancer at the age of 13 but was later able to attend Serra (Calif.) High School. Her younger brother di lei joined her at the school as a freshman when her cancer di lei returned during her junior year. She died Apr. 19, 2007. “Before she left, she left me with something I would never forget,” Woods recalled while speaking to the crowd. “It was her last words di lei to me. I came home that day after school and went straight to her room di lei, as I always did, and she said to me, ‘I thought you were going to model.’ Slightly confused, believing it was the medicine that lei was talking, she said again, ‘You have to be a model.’ Olivia left us that night in the early morning, however these words have never left me. It later hit me what she was talking about, what she was asking of me. She wanted me to be a role model. Living in a spotlight of being a top recruit, playing under the bright lights at the [Los Angeles] Coliseum or constantly being watched by those following our footsteps, she wanted me to know, for us all to know, to be an example and a leader for those who are next. “
(8) -Woods went to the same high school as former Titans cornerback Adoree ‘Jackson and he played at USC with former Titans defensive lineman Jurrell Casey.
(9) While a senior at Serra High School in Gardena, California, Woods was a member of the 2009 USA Today All-USA first team after tallying 15 touchdowns and more than 1,100 receiving yards, in addition to eight interceptions on defense. He helped guide Serra to a 15-0 record and the California Division III championship. He also ran track at Serra, where he won the CIF Division IV 200 and 400-meter races and was a member of the 1,600-meter relay team.
(10) – With the Titans, Woods will join a receiving corps that currently includes AJ Brown, Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, Dez Fitzpatrick, Racey McMath, Cody Hollister, Mason Kinsey and Josh Malone. Meanwhile, receivers Cameron Batson, Marcus Johnson and Chester Rogers are currently free agents.