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Robert Woods

Dual-threat wideout on trade block

The Rams signed Allen Robinson to a huge contract yesterday, and the initial thought was that it meant the team wouldn't re-sign Odell Beckham. But subsequent reports have the Rams fielding calls for -- or shopping -- another veteran wide receiver coming off a torn ACL, Robert Woods.

Woods tore his ACL in Week 9 a year ago, nearly 3 months before Beckham -- he's a lot more likely to be ready for the start of the season. But based on this Adam Schefter report (and reasonable considering the size of his contract), Robinson is viewed as the No. 2 across from Cooper Kupp. This doesn't necessarily mean Beckham will be a Ram again (after getting hurt in the Super Bowl, he's very unlikely to be playing early in the 2o22 season at all), but it sounds like Woods won't be.

So who needs a wide receiver? Well, the Packers leap to mind; Woods working with Aaron Rodgers would be pretty intriguing, and he'd move immediately to the top of that depth chart. Kansas City would be another great landing spot, giving the team a legit No. 2 across from Tyreek Hill. That one would be particularly compelling with a creative offensive coaching staff that would take advantage of Woods' dual-threat ability.

The Rams have had Woods for the last four seasons, and they've been aggressive in terms of using him as not only a receiver but a runner. In those 3 and a half years he's rushed for 473 yards and 5 TDs. The only wide receivers with more rushing yards or touchdowns in that timeframe are Cordarrelle Patterson and Deebo Samuel. Patterson primarily played running back a year ago (and was listed that way), while Samuel also played extensively in that regard last season. No. 3 is Woods. (Search tools at pro-football-reference.com used in compiling this table.)

WIDE RECEIVER RUSHING, 2018-PRESENT
PlayerGAttYdsY/ATD
Cordarrelle Patterson6327611814.38
Deebo Samuel38815506.811
Robert Woods56684737.05
Curtis Samuel49724255.95
Tyreek Hill60523937.63
D.J. Moore63292829.70
Isaiah McKenzie54371714.63
Jamal Agnew431517011.31
CeeDee Lamb32191588.31
Julian Edelman34191568.20
Sterling Shepard45161459.11
Christian Kirk56161428.90
Brandin Cooks61181417.81
Laviska Shenault Jr.30291324.60
Kendrick Bourne641212510.40
Dede Westbrook48141258.90
Stefon Diggs63161247.80
Tavon Austin38151238.21
Deonte Harris36151238.20
Devin Duvernay321112010.90
Jarvis Landry59141208.64
Odell Beckham Jr.49131158.81
Chase Claypool31241124.72
Diontae Johnson47121099.10
Steven Sims291010310.31
Tyler Boyd6113977.50
DeAndre Carter6011968.70
Emmanuel Sanders5779613.71
Brandon Aiyuk2911948.52
Mecole Hardman4916945.90
David Moore4912917.60
Keenan Allen6213906.90
Ray-Ray McCloud4888410.50
Taylor Gabriel2512816.80
Cooper Kupp5614805.70
Albert Wilson3417784.60
Rondale Moore1418764.20

If the Rams are able to trade Woods for a decent pick, that looks likely to happen in the next few days. Would be a plus for his 2022 outlook, and also for Kupp and Robinson (and increase the odds of Beckham getting re-upped with Los Angeles).

--Andy Richardson

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