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AFC East top 25, No. 24: Bills C Eric Wood

Posted by Erik Frenz  May 9, 2013 08:00 AM

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Counting down the top 25 players in the AFC East, one player at a time, one day at a time.

Why Eric Wood?

Wood might be higher on the list if he weren't so frequently subject to the injury report. He has not yet played a full 16-game season in his four-year career, and he has missed nine games over the past two years, including the final seven games in 2011.

eric wood.pngWhen he has played, though, he's been superb. Quantifying offensive line play can be difficult, but according to Pro Football Focus, Wood allowed two quarterback hurries, one hit and no sacks in his nine games in 2011. He followed that up with another solid line of four hurries, three hits and two sacks in 14 games in 2012.

Let's not forget his contributions in the running game, where he has anchored a line that has ranked in the top five in yards per carry the past two years. Some of their most successful runs were behind Wood; the Bills earned 4.38 adjusted line yards on runs up the middle according to Football Outsiders.

Now that the Bills are moving on without Wood's fellow draft-classmate Andy Levitre at left guard, the Bills will be counting on Wood to stay healthy in 2013. He is a key to their line, but without him, things could fall apart quickly.

Did you know?

Wood was only the second offensive linemen in Louisville history be taken in the first round. The other is a local legend: Patriots left tackle Bruce Armstrong.

Check back every morning as we reveal one player a day on our way to No. 1 in the top 25.


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Erik Frenz delivers analysis of the biggest news with the Patriots, including insight into the AFC East and New England's biggest rivals from a Patriots perspective. Erik is an interactive writer who engages his audience in his posts’ comments sections and on Twitter. Readers are encouraged to share their thoughts and ask questions. More »

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