NFL outfit Buffalo Bills have posted an update on how new recruit Christian Wade is doing after joining them last month.
The former Wasps and England winger was allocated to the Bills in April after leaving rugby union in October 2018 and going through the NFL’s International Player Pathway Programme. While this does not necessarily mean the 28-year-old will play in the NFL yet, he is in a position to earn a place on their roster.
This is what was shared on Twitter, showing Wade training and an interview will Bills head coach Sean McDermott:
Our @ChristianWade3 officially in training with the Bills! ???
Go get ‘Em Christian!
— NFL UK (@NFLUK) May 15, 2019
McDermott said in the interview that Wade’s “got a long road to haul here, but I think he’s up for the challenge,” while Wade said that this was the “beginning of all the hard work.” Although the one-cap England international knows that he faces a challenge, many Wasps fans will be sure that he is capable of it after seeing him terrorise defences over the past decade.
After making his debut for Wasps in 2011, Wade proved to be one of the most dangerous finishers in the game, ending his career with 82 league tries, the third most in history.
His ability with ball in hand was never questioned, rather it was his defence that raised some questions, particularly with international selectors. As his defence will not be tested in American Football, it is understandable that Wade is relishing this opportunity to make it in the NFL and why McDermott thinks he is capable of making it.
Playing as a running back, Wade will be able to showcase his pace and footwork that made him such a danger in rugby.
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