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By Joe Buscaglia
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Bills top 20 talents: No. 13 - Eric Wood

To be a captain of a team you usually have to have the overwhelming skills to go along with it. One of the Buffalo Bills’ most vocal players has the ability and the respect to back up his, at times, strong opinions of what needs to happen.

This next person on the countdown exhibits those characteristics that led to him ultimately being extended by the Bills last year. With the list formulated by a combination of an overall raw skill level, on the field results and with projection in mind, number 13 is not only the first offensive lineman on the list, but a fan favorite to boot.

C Eric Wood

Age: 28 (3/18/86)
Height: 6’4”
Weight: 310

Why he’s here:
- Coaches are always in search of players who just get it. Whatever it is, it can’t be defined… but you know when a player has exactly what you’re looking for. That fits Wood quite well, posing the right amount of skill level, a working knowledge of both the current and historical sides to the game as well as someone with an at times nasty demeanor on the field. A very smart player, Wood rarely gets caught out of position. Sometimes he gets beat by his man, but his normal Sunday exhibits someone that usually isn’t caught lunging or trying to overcorrect a mistake. That’s what gets a lot of offensive lineman into trouble, but not him.

2014 outlook:
- Once again serving as one of the top offensive lineman on the team, Wood might have an easier time of it this year now that the Bills signed Chris Williams to play left guard for them. That will prevent Wood from having to overcompensate and focus in on his own responsibilities without trying to do too much. Last season was not his best by any means, but he has the ability to be one of the 10 best centers in the league on a yearly basis. It also doesn’t hurt his case by being one of the vocal leaders on the team, either.

Bills Top 20 Talents
20) TE Scott Chandler
19) CB Leodis McKelvin
18) QB EJ Manuel
17) DE Manny Lawson
16) LB Brandon Spikes
15) WR Mike Williams
14) CB Nickell Robey
13) C Eric Wood
12) ??? - Friday, July 11 - 8 am

Twitter: @JoeBuscaglia

**Photo courtesy of The AP


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