Former Ohio State football star Adolphus Washington will start for the Buffalo Bills in their 2016 preseason opener.
Adolphus Washington will start for the Buffalo Bills in their preseason opener as a defensive end.
The Bills probably stole Washington, who slipped all the way to the third round (80th overall) during last spring’s NFL Draft.
There was talk that Washington was a first-round talent, but off-the-field trouble, which led to him being suspended for the Fiesta Bowl, may have caused his stock to sink.
Washington was a five-star recruit coming out of Taft High School in Cincinnati. He helped reinvigorate the downtrodden program and was a huge reason the school made the Ohio State High School Athletic Association playoffs in 2010 after a long drought.
Now, Washington is playing for Rex Ryan, and those Taft bloodlines are running deep. Ryan was a grad assistant with the Eastern Kentucky football program many moons ago when current Ohio State women’s basketball assistant Mark Mitchell played football.
Mitchell just so happened to be Taft’s head coach when Washington was a staring blue-chip prospect.
• Other Buckeyes around the NFL…Washington has another famous Ohio State teammate in Buffalo named Cardale Jones, and the Bills aren’t rushing the rookie. Jones was listed third on the depth chart behind starter Tyrod Taylor and backup E.J. Manuel.
Cardale should get plenty of playing time in the preseason and it will be interesting to see how he matches up against an NFL defense.
• Many thought Jalin Marshall should’ve stayed in school, and those critics were proven right after the wideout went undrafted.
But Marshall caught on with the Jets and he’s one of the most intriguing undrafted players in New York’s camp.
If he’s going to make make the team, it will be be a punt/kick returner, and he’s going to get one of the team’s first chances to return a punt during the Jets preseason opener tonight against the Jaguars.
Marshall, who is only 21, is becoming a fan favorite, and won a poll to have a spotlight story done on him by a writer for NJ.com. A day in the life of Jalin…check it out.
“They need practice time. They need to practice,” coach Jason Garrett said. “We’re not just going to put them out there in a game situation. A lot of the guys who haven’t practiced will practice for at least three or so days and oftentimes more than that before we put them out there.
• Poor Eli Apple. Welcome to the NFL, kid.
• Braxton Miller has healed a minor groin injury and should partake in the Texans preseason opener.
• Michael Thomas will be one to watch for Browns fans, because so many Clevelanders wanted to see this Buckeye in an orange helmet.
Sashi Brown passed on Keyshawn Johnson’s nephew, and now Thomas is a big reason many prognosticators are looking for a big season from Drew Brees.
Thomas will take the role of Marques Colston in the Saints offense, and the unit is looking scary good early on.