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Second-quarter analysis: Better late than never for Robert Woods

CANTON, Ohio -- Robert Woods wasn't the third receiver into the game for the Buffalo Bills tonight inside Fawcett Stadium against the New York Giants.

But he's been the most productive so far.

Woods ended the first quarter with a pair of receptions, then finished off a 15-play drive with a 2-yard touchdown reception. After Dan Carpenter's extra point, the Bills held a 10-7 lead. Woods has three catches for 23 yards and a touchdown in the first half.

Blocked! Bills receiver Marcus Easley picked up where he left off last year on special teams. Easley blocked a punt attempt by the Giants' Steve Weatherford just before halftime, setting the Bills up inside New York territory. The drive didn't produce anything, though, because Jeff Tuel was intercepted in the end zone by the Giants' Cooper Taylor. Easley also made a special teams tackle on punt coverage earlier in the quarter.

Yellow help: On their 15-play drive, the Bills benefitted from two penalties against the Giants. Cornerback Prince Amukamara was called for illegal contact, while Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was whistled for defensive holding. Both calls are expected to be a point of emphasis early in the season for officials.

Kouandjio's struggles continue: Second-round pick Cyrus Kouandjio has gotten off to a bad start during training camp, and it didn't get much better tonight. On his first series, Kouandjio was beaten clean by Damontre Moore for a sack of Tuel. There are still four preseason games to go, so there's time to bounce back, but so far Kouandjio hasn't put up much of a fight to unseat Erik Pears at right tackle.

 

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