Wood, Bess among All-Fundamental stars

When you stop and think about it, Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Eric Wood being honored for having the best fundamentals at guard is rather amazing.

Wood certainly entered the NFL with a pedigree. A first-round draft choice from Louisville, he was one of the best centers in last year's class, but the Bills converted him to guard. Wood played well, but suffered a compound left leg fracture in Week 10.

Wood not only had to relearn elementary body movements, but also progressed well enough at a new position to be named to USA Football's 2010 All-Fundamentals team.

Wood was recognized for pulling and run blocking at a position he has been playing for just a year and a half and while coming back from a gruesome injury that required extensive rehabilitation.

"You almost have to teach your leg how to do everything again," Wood said. "A lot of the muscle memory you take for granted playing ball your whole life, you've got to get back to it."

Wood started the first 10 games at right guard but was moved to center because Geoff Hangartner has been hurt.

The only other AFC East players to make the All-Fundamentals team were New York Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson (cuts and following blocks) Miami Dolphins left tackle Jake Long (hands in pass protection) and receiver Davone Bess (route running and catching).

Honored players are highlighted at AllFundamentalsTeam.com, where youth coaches and players can watch video clips of them exhibiting their techniques. USA Football also provides instruction points and a drills library.

"My technique and my fundamentals are something I really take pride in," Wood said.