What Robert Woods plans to give Ryan Tannehill

New Tennessee Titans wide receiver Robert Woods helped bring him to Nashville.

Woods said Wednesday he thinks the Rams will move away from him, given the signing of Allen Robinson in free agency. But when Rams coach Sean McVay called to say he was traded, he informed Woods he would have a say in where he went. It was then that he struck up conversations with his agent and researched potential teams.

The Titans ticked a number of boxes, he explained, and there are some familiar faces on the coaching staff. Receivers coach Rob Moore and offensive coordinator Todd Downing were on the Bills’ coaching staff when Woods was at Buffalo, where he played the first four seasons of his career. Moore was his coach for two years (2013-14), while Downing was the Bills’ quarterbacks coach in his second season (2014).

Woods also spoke to former Titans like former Rams teammate Josh Reynolds and USC teammate Antwaun Woods to get some insight into the franchise.

October 3, 2021;  Inglewood, California, USA;  Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Robert Woods (2) heads the ball past Arizona Cardinals cornerback Marco Wilson (20) during the first half at SoFi Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

“Derrick Henry, of course. Ryan Tannehill. AJ Brown,” Woods said of what attracted him to the Titans. “Obviously a very successful team (with) a coach of the year (Mike Vrabel). Being able to join this team and this organization has been good for my career knowing how the league works and how you want to win games, you want to be a balanced team.

“And I think that organization, that team being able to feed off the ground game, having a quarterback to deliver the ball, having another threat on the opposite side (of Brown) and obviously being able to bring our game and our complements to this team, I think it was the best solution for me.

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The addition of Woods gives the Titans a legitimate No. 2 wide receiver behind Brown, although it’s unclear when he’ll arrive on the field. Woods, 29, tore his ACL during a Rams practice last November. He would not offer a timetable for his recovery.

But the former second-round pick is eager to bond with his new quarterback, Tannehill — even if he’s sidelined.

The two are former AFC East rivals, as Tannehill started his career with the Dolphins.

“It’s building relationships mentally,” Woods said. “I think we will communicate well in the meetings. I’m going to look for his brain, ask him about concepts. What he wants from a quarterback’s perspective and how I see it from a receiver’s perspective and I’m really trying to be on the same page. Obviously I won’t be playing OTAs and stuff like that, but I’ll be picking his brain… having the script, knowing how he thinks so that once I’m there, being able to do it physically and he already knows mentally how I think.

Being awesome around Tannehill has been the theme of this Titans offseason. The Titans took that approach to their defense (re-signing Harold Landry to keep the front four intact), but they also added Woods and tight end Austin Hooper to bolster the pass-catching core that Tannehill will throw to.

Woods intends to be a consistent receiver for Tannehill. Before 2021, he posted three consecutive seasons of at least 86 receptions.

“That’s what I do, I open up,” Woods said. “That’s what I’m going to do in this offense, be able to create separation, make it an easy throw for him. And when he throws it, make those contested holds. Fifty-fifty balls, that’s me or nobody.

Ben Arthur covers the Tennessee Titans for the USA TODAY Network. Contact him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter at @benyarthur.