Buffalo Bills player profile: Eric Wood


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Eric Wood’s NFL career started out before he even knew it via trades occurring a year prior to his draft.  This is how it laid out for Wood.

"Traded by Panthers as 2009 1st round pick (28th overall) with 2008 2nd round pick (43rd overall subsequently traded, Tyrell Johnson) and 2008 4th round pick (109th overall, Mike McGlynn) to Eagles for 2008 1st round pick (19th overall, Jeff Otah). Traded by Eagles as 2009 1st round pick (28th overall) with 2009 4th round pick (121st overall, Shawn Nelson) to Bills for Jason Peters– PFR.com"

Eric Wood has been a part of the Buffalo Bills offensive line since 2009.  He came in as a top rated guard for the Bills and was set to revamp the offensive line that had been inconsistent at best.

In 2011, the Buffalo Bills and Eric Wood made the move to become the anchor of the offensive line and moved to center.  Since 2011, Eric Wood has been making the line calls and has been the anchor of this line at the center position.

The offensive line has not been a strong point for the Buffalo Bills for sometime.  He has started all games that he has played in 79 total in his career with Buffalo.

In 2013, Eric Wood was selected by his teammates as team captain, this marking the first time in his career. Eric Wood was also part of an offensive line that helped block for just the second Bills running back duo in franchise history to exceed 800 yards a piece on the ground, this in 2013.

In 2014, again being selected by his teammates as team captain for a second consecutive season. Eric Wood was part of an offensive line group that did not help the Buffalo Bills rush for a 100 yard game all season.  This was the first time since 1979 that the Buffalo Bills had not rushed for 100 yards in a game.

In response to this, Rex Ryan, brought in pieces to make sure that this was not the case for another 36 years.  With Eric Wood in the middle, the Bills added Richie Incognito and rookie out of Louisville John Miller to sure up the middle of the line to open holes for newly acquired LeSean McCoy.  Coordinating this effort is new offensive coordinator Greg Roman.

"“I love the variety of it,” said Eric Wood of Roman’s new offense. “At times it seems like the O-line’s trying to play finesse ball and kind of just reach you and scoop you off. And at other times, they’re really trying to knock you off the ball. And for a defense, that’s tough to prepare for.”– Rotoworld.com"

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