Things didn’t work out for Bacarri Rambo with the Redskins. But they’re going much better in Buffalo, where he’s made six starts, including the past four games in a row.
And he could make a fifth straight start Sunday against the team that drafted him in the sixth round in 2013, grew frustrated with his poor play and lack of progress and then waived him in September 2014.
“Rambo’s done good, man,” Redskins Coach Jay Gruden said, referring to the safety’s recent play with the Bills. “I like Rambo. I felt bad when we had to let him go. I’m glad he’s taken advantage of the opportunity.”
“That,” Gruden added, “does happen a lot in the NFL.”
As a rookie with Washington, Rambo was forced into the starting lineup immediately. He struggled early and quickly fell out of favor with Mike Shanahan’s coaching staff. After Gruden took over, the former Georgia standout last two games before he got cut.
Rambo signed with the Bills in November 2014 and, four games later, intercepted Aaron Rodgers twice. Rambo returned to Buffalo this season and, recently, the 25-year-old has shown signs of breaking out. In fact, he had career night last month against the Jets, forcing three fumbles and snagging an interception in a 22-17 Bills' victory.
“You see a lot of players go from one team to another and it just doesn’t work out for whatever reason,” Gruden said. “Maybe it’s special teams related—whatever the reason was—they go somewhere else and they play better. I’m happy for Bacarri because he’s a heck of a guy.”
It’s unclear if Rambo will actually suit up Sunday, however. He did not practice on Thursday due to a knee injury.