Rugby star turned Bills hopeful thinks he’s making progress toward the roster

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Christian Wade, an English rugby player assigned to the Bills’ offseason roster as part of the NFL’s international development roster, believes he has a real chance of making the team when the season starts.

Wade told AFP that he is getting the hang of figuring out the playbook and has a far better idea of what a running back’s responsibilities are in the Bills’ offense than he did a couple months ago.

“I’ve definitely come a long way,” Wade said. “I remember we had seven plays to learn by the end of the week. Now I’m learning 60 plus plays in a day. I’m going in the right direction.”

Wade said he feels like he can hold his own athletically, as long as he learns the new language of American football.

“The playbook for me has been my main focus. I’ve been like this is the only thing that is going to stop me playing this game,” he said. “I definitely focus all my energies on it. To be honest it’s probably been one of the easier things to pick up because of all that energy and motivation I put into it.”

Realistically, Wade is a long shot to make the team, but the teams participating in the international development program can make that international player the 11th man on the practice squad. That gives Wade a good chance to spend a full year in Buffalo, and perhaps make the roster in 2020.

7 responses to “Rugby star turned Bills hopeful thinks he’s making progress toward the roster

  1. Note they can play in preseason games but cannot be activated to the 53 this year. But as they can be kept on the PS without costing one of the team’s ten existing spots, there’s little reason not to retain for the whole year any guy who shows promise. And it’s only fair to Wade who, as a professional rugby union player (Wasps) with 82 tries (3rd highest all-time in that code) and national squad caps, is seriously putting in the time and effort to convert to the NFL.

  2. streetyson says:
    July 2, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    as a professional rugby union player (Wasps) with 82 tries (3rd highest all-time in that code) and national squad caps,

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    Those tries are in the Premiership which is England’s highest level professional club rugby and not indicative of the “Code” which is measured by Test tries for international caps of which he has none…

    Good luck to him but I seriously doubt he makes an NFL 53-man roster…

  3. If nothing else,NFL players are getting some exposure to players who know how to wrap up and actually tackle a ball carrier.

  4. I don’t see him making the 53 man roster, but this guys got serious talent. Just watch his highlights. Put him on the practice squad and next year he’ll be a great backup for Singletary. He’s a bruiser.

  5. Tyrion Lannister says:
    Those tries are in the Premiership which is England’s highest level professional club rugby and not indicative of the “Code” which is measured by Test tries for international caps of which he has none…
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    You clearly know nothing about rugby. The “code” in question is merely Union Rugby, as opposed to League Rugby. They are often referred to as “codes” of rugby (because they play by different rules), especially when comparing (as I was) a player’s record in one of them. As for international caps, he got them in the same code – Union. His team, Wasps, was in the Prem, but that is a league of Union-code teams, not League-code teams. Confusing terms to someone who doesn’t play or follow the game, but that’s what it is.

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