Words of Woods

"I feel my confidence to play the game has always been high. And now that I've been 100 percent these last three or four weeks, it's even higher. I'm just going out and really enjoying myself. At first, it was very frustrating. But as I fight through it and endure through it, it's become a thing where I understand the place that I'm in and the only way to get out of it, so to speak, is just to go out there and work hard and improve and all that."

Q: You've been looking good this week in practice. Do you feel you're at the best level you've been at since you've been here?

Woods: I feel my confidence to play the game has always been high. And now that I've been 100 percent these last three or four weeks, it's even higher. I'm just going out and really enjoying myself. At first, it was very frustrating. But as I fight through it and endure through it, it's become a thing where I understand the place that I'm in and the only way to get out of it, so to speak, is just to go out there and work hard and improve and all that.

Q: Are the majority of the formations that you are in down in the red zone? How is set up now when you go in the game?

Woods: I don't have a clue. It's one of those deals where coach just comes around and he walks around a little bit, and all of sudden he says, ‘Rashaun, you're in, get loose.' So it's one of those deals. I don't know exactly when I'm supposed to go in. I don't even know if there's even going to be a type of situation, or if it's just going to be a time when they want me to go out there and show what I can do.

Q: Are you expecting to get in for even more plays this week than you did last week?

Woods: I don't know. My big deal is to go out and do the best I can with the plays that I do get.

Q: Do you ever look at what some of the other receivers who were drafted this year are doing?

Woods: Oh, of course. I look at at them and I'm happy for all of them that things go well for. At the same time, there's guys that are not getting as much playing time as you may think they might have gotten. You just look at them and say, hey, their time will come. Just about every guy is going to get his shot. Some guys get it a lot earlier than others, based on different circumstances. But when they do get it, they take advantage of it and, hey, great for them. But if you don't, then back to the drawing board.

Q: You don't compare your situation to guys that were drafted and are getting a lot of playing time?

Woods: Well, right now, it's a situation that I am (in) right now, and I can't really worry about that. My situation is just to go out and perform and do things that I know how to do, and do them to the best of my ability. As far as what's going on with the other guys, hey, that's great. If they're having great success, I mean, I'm happy for them. If they're not, then, hey, eventually they'll get their shot. But every guy, every individual, has a different role that he has to go through. That doesn't necessarily mean anything about how he's going to pan out five years from now, eight years from now, even a couple years from now – or next year. You never can tell. You can have a guy just do awesome his first year, and the next year something happens where maybe he might get hurt or something might quite not go right, or somebody might come in who's a little bit better, and all of a sudden, you know, it's, hey, what happened to that guy? You can have a guy that takes a little while to break in, and all of a sudden he plays for a long time. I can sit here and name a lot of different scenarios. But all the scenarios can't be looked at as being negative if I'm not playing. Because all of them still are, time will tell. You don't quite know. Even when you think things are going great and you can't beat it, things could possibly come crashing down."

Q: Because of time you missed earlier, is there a rapport that needs to be developed with the quarterback?

Woods: Well, it takes time. It's one of those deals where the quarterback feels, as you begin to catch balls and perform well in practice, and he sees that you're consistently getting open on film, you gain that kind of confidence from him. That's just all I have to do. Yeah, the hamstring (injury) clearly set me back from that. But either way, it was going to take time. It's just taking a little bit longer now. It's a situation where I don't think Tim's at a point where it's a situation where he doesn't have confidence in me. I just think when he makes the right read and he has time to get me the ball, he'll make a good throw.

Q: Are you playing solely at the ‘Z' (flanker) position now?

Woods: I probably play ‘Z' solely if I'm in any of the game. Lately, they've been throwing me in all positions. ‘Z' is probably the best one. That's the one I started off in minicamp learning how to play. So I know that one like almost my hand.

Q: How many passes have come your way this year?

Woods: Five, maybe? Three in Seattle. … I know I got two against the Rams. … I think I had two against the Rams and three against Seattle.


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