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Bills quarterback EJ Manuel surprised Robert Woods did not start

Bills receiver Robert Woods did not start, but finished the game with four catches for 49 yards and a touchdown. Photo:

Bills receiver Robert Woods did not start, but finished the game with four catches for 49 yards and a touchdown.

Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel said he was surprised receiver Robert Woods didn't start or play with the first-string during Sunday's Hall of Fame Game, ESPN.com's Mike Rodak reports.

The Bills lost to the Giants 17-13 during the league's first preseason game. Woods started the game on the bench behind Sammy Watkins and Mike Williams, with Chris Hogan playing the slot.

During his two series, Manuel did not play with Woods.

"A little bit [surprised] for Woody not to be in with us with the one's. A bit surprising," Manuel said of Woods' absence with the first-team unit. "But he did great. He did great. Woody's going to be Woody with whatever he's given. So I was still glad to see him go out there and do a great job."

Woods said coach Doug Marrone did not tell him why he was not playing with the first-string.

"It is what it is," Woods said. "I just come out here and make plays whenever I'm on the field."

Woods led the team with four catches, 49 receiving yards and a touchdown. He started 14 games as a rookie last season, finishing with 40 catches, 587 receiving yards and three touchdowns.

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