Josh Woods
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Woods playing for Maryland in 2016
No. 51 – Detroit Lions
Position:Inside linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1996-07-01) July 1, 1996 (age 26)
Baltimore, Maryland
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school:McDonogh School
(Owings Mills, Maryland)
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2022
Total tackles:61
Fumble recoveries:1
Player stats at · PFR

Josh Woods (born July 1, 1996) is an American football linebacker for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Maryland.

Early life and high school

Woods was born and grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and attended the McDonogh School. He played both cornerback and wide receiver for the Eagles and was named first-team All-Metro by the Baltimore Sun and first-team All-State as a senior after making 35 tackles with four interceptions on defense catching 35 passes for 800 yards and 10 touchdowns on offense as McDonogh went 11-0 and won its first MIAA state championship. All 4 years in high school, Josh was an academic all american. He maintained a GPA of 4.267 upon graduating high school.[1] Rated a three-star recruit, Woods committed to play college football at the University of Maryland over offers from Virginia and Delaware.[2]

College career

Woods played four seasons for the Maryland Terrapins as a defensive back. He was used primarily on special teams during his freshman and sophomore seasons, playing in 14 total games and making two tackles. Woods became a key member of the Terrapins secondary as a junior, playing in ten games with five starts while making 41 tackles (one for loss) and breaking up two passes.[3] As a senior, Woods made 62 tackles (4.5 for loss) with four passes broken up and two interceptions despite missing two games due to injury.[4]

Professional career

Chicago Bears

Woods was signed by the Chicago Bears on June 7, 2018 after participating in a veteran mini-camp on a tryout basis.[5] He was cut by the team at the end of training camp but was re-signed to the team's practice squad on September 2, 2018.[6] He spent the entire 2018 season on the practice squad as he continued to transition to linebacker, adding 30 pounds in the process. After a strong showing in preseason, Woods made the Bears 53-man roster going into the 2019 season.[7]

Woods made his NFL debut on September 29, 2019, against the Minnesota Vikings, playing 15 snaps on special teams.[8] Woods played in nine games in 2019 and made five total tackles.[9]

Woods signed a contract extension with the Bears on March 3, 2021.[10] He was waived on September 6, 2021 and re-signed to the practice squad.[11]

Detroit Lions

On September 23, 2021, Woods was signed by the Detroit Lions off the Bears practice squad.[12] He was placed on injured reserve on December 28.[13]

On February 22, 2022, Woods signed a one-year contract extension with the Lions.[14]


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  2. ^ Volk, Pete (November 18, 2013). "Three-star local safety Josh Woods commits to Maryland". SB Nation. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  3. ^ Bernstein, Daniel (October 12, 2017). "Josh Woods is making big plays for Maryland football's defense". The Diamondback. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  4. ^ Ermann, Jeff (June 7, 2018). "After Impressive Minicamp, Josh Woods Signs with Bears". Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  5. ^ Perez, Bryan (June 7, 2018). "Chicago Bears sign former Maryland DB-turned-LB Josh Woods". NBC Sports Chicago. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  6. ^ Perez, Bryan (September 2, 2018). "Bears to add former Maryland LB Josh Woods to practice squad". Bears Wire. USA Today. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  7. ^ Lieser, Jason (September 2, 2019). "Whirlwind weekend for Bears LB Josh Woods as he makes regular-season roster". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  8. ^ "Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bear - September 29th, 2019: Snap Counts". Retrieved September 30, 2019.
  9. ^ Chamberlain, Gene (July 17, 2020). "Another Bears Conversion May Pay Off at Linebacker". Retrieved August 17, 2020.
  10. ^ Mayer, Larry (March 3, 2021). "Roster Moves: Bears re-sign five exclusive free agents". Retrieved March 3, 2021.
  11. ^ Mayer, Larry (September 6, 2021). "Roster Moves: Bears sign Perriman, waive Woods".
  12. ^ "Detroit Lions sign LB Josh Woods off Bears practice squad". Pride of Detroit. SB Nation. September 23, 2021.
  13. ^ "Lions sign LB Curtis Bolton, TE Jared Pinkney in flurry of roster moves". Lions Wire. USA Today. December 28, 2021.
  14. ^ Alper, Josh (February 22, 2022). "Lions re-sign Josh Woods". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports.