NFL

May 15, 2019, 1:01 pm

What former rugby star Christian Wade said about first NFL experience

What former rugby star Christian Wade said astir his archetypal NFL experiences and what he knows astir football.

What former rugby star Christian Wade said about first NFL experience
ADVERTISEMENT

What former rugby star Christian Wade said astir archetypal NFL experience What former rugby star Christian Wade said astir archetypal NFL experience

Features

What former rugby star Christian Wade said astir archetypal NFL experience

By Nick Wojton 5 work time ago Follow @Nick_Wojton

275 shares share tweet pin sms send email

By: Nick Wojton | 5 work time ago Follow @Nick_Wojton

There’s one situation you can’t argument anymore: Do the Buffalo Bills have a superstar on their offense? They sure do. Josh Allen? A bit too soon. LeSean McCoy? We’ll see how situations finish.

No, no. The superstar is Christian Wade. The job is, he united the Bills via the NFL’s International Pathways Program as a moving back from England. He’s a superstar, but in rugby, not football. American football, that is.

The 27-year-old back is a antithetic type of rookie, but he’s inactive a rookie. This past weekend, he appropriate up at rookie minicamp with the rest of the 2019 rookies. Those guys all played body ball, or in Duke Williams’ case, professionally, as well. Wade never played football, period.

“We’ve been able to go done the plays and walk done them and stuff, but with no defence. I’ve been sounding guardant to this, the archetypal time I had like a defence in advance of me,” Wade told the team’s radio station, WGR. “I’m out location like a big kid.”

Regardless of the way situations turn out, Wade will be the Bills this season. If by some accidental he makes the 53-man roster, location’s one way. If not, the more apt way is on the practice squad. As an international player, the Bills get an exemption for him. Typically, a team holds 10 players on the practice squad. For Wade, the Bills can keep him free of charge on their practice squad, so they’ll have 11. It’s an effort to grow the game internationally, naturally.

Because we have to get used to Wade, exactly how much does Buffalo’s favorite rugby player know astir NFL football? He’s familiar with the yearly games played out in London, but little else.

“Just very basic stuff. Obviously you try to get a archetypal down, you try to score a touchdown which is six points, then you get an extra point. Just very basic stuff. Obviously every day I’m learning new stuff now,” Wade said.

He continued: “The new situations are like learning the playbook and knowing where to line up. … It’s like a new language just telling people where to go.”

Based on Wade’s comments, it sounds like the playbook might be the newest situation and perhaps the most difficult part of the new game to learn. He admitted location are terminologies he never heard of – situations you might know like the back of your hand, such as “routes” and “separation.” Blocking players is new, too.

“Blocking and stuff, that’s illegal in rugby, that’s new here,” Wade said.

But situations aren’t all completely new. There are reasons the Bills would want him. Rugby is a bit more free-flowing. Wade was a star because of this.

“I think just my ability to find space and beat men one on one,” Wade said.

And he’s actually confident in his ability to work in the huddle, as well. There’s a hint of that from set pieces in rugby, as he explained.

“That’s only like 20 percent of the game (rugby). For me, now, going to be coming into football, it’s like 100 percent of the game. Everysituation’s plays,” Wade said.

But so far, so good on this long-term project. We are apt a long, long way from Wade ever actually suiting up. But location’s optimism and hope that he can contribute in the Bills’ backfield for a few seasons, eventually.

The boost in eyeballs on Buffalo from across the pond is somesituation the NFL won’t be mad astir, either.

“There’s so many situations, every day that I’m here, I’m learning somesituation new. Like I said, I feel like a big kid, just archetypal day of school, excited to learn, excited to get involved,” Wade said.

Curious astir his skills? Have it em’ here:

Email Sign up

Like this article?

Sign up for the Bills Wire email newsletter to get our top stories in your inbox every morning

An error has occured

Please re-enter your email address.

Thanks for signing up!

You'll now receive the top Bills Wire stories each day directly in your inbox.

2019 nfl draft, App Alert, Buffalo Bills, buffalo bills rookie minicamp, christian wade, Features

275 shares share tweet pin sms send email

More Bills Wire

461 shares5d ago

Bills News

Duke Williams, Christian Wade to partake in rookie camp

136 shares08 Apr

Bills News

Bills allocated international player Christian Wade

473 shares2d ago

Features

12 situations to know astir new Bills TE Lee Smith

From The Web

Comments

Latest

0 reply 37 shares 1hr

Reaction: Bills Mafia remembers superfan Pancho Billa

0 reply 47 shares 4hr

Bills RB Devin Singletary invited to NFLPA Rookie Premiere

0 reply 277 shares 4hr

NFL.com analyst predicts 11-5 & playoffs for 2019 Bills

0 reply 107 shares 17hr

Tyree Jackson not regretting draft decisions

0 reply 479 shares 18hr

Bills were not going to draft receiver at 2019 draft

0 reply 1.9k shares 1d

Bills superfan Pancho Billa passes away

0 reply 139 shares 1d

Bills among 'most improved' teams this offseason per ESPN experts

0 reply 328 shares 1d

Derek Anderson pens retirement letter

0 reply 904 shares 2d

Former Bills QB, 1st round pick, E.J. Manuel retires

1 reply 473 shares 2d

12 situations to know astir new Bills TE Lee Smith

Follow BillsWire!

Social

See Bills stories in your feed Like Bills Wire Follow Bills Wire

Newsletter

Get the day's top stories Sign me up! Success

Thanks for signing up.
Please check your email for a confirmation.

Whoa!

Somesituation went wrong.

Try again? More Bills Wire

There’s one situation you can’t argument anymore: Do the Buffalo Bills have a superstar on their offense? They sure do. Josh Allen? A bit too soon. LeSean McCoy? We’ll see how situations finish.

No, no. The superstar is Christian Wade. The job is, he united the Bills via the NFL’s International Pathways Program as a moving back from England. He’s a superstar, but in rugby, not football. American football, that is.

The 27-year-old back is a antithetic type of rookie, but he’s inactive a rookie. This past weekend, he appropriate up at rookie minicamp with the rest of the 2019 rookies. Those guys all played body ball, or in Duke Williams’ case, professionally, as well. Wade never played football, period.

“We’ve been able to go done the plays and walk done them and stuff, but with no defence. I’ve been sounding guardant to this, the archetypal time I had like a defence in advance of me,” Wade told the team’s radio station, WGR. “I’m out location like a big kid.”

Regardless of the way situations turn out, Wade will be the Bills this season. If by some accidental he makes the 53-man roster, location’s one way. If not, the more apt way is on the practice squad. As an international player, the Bills get an exemption for him. Typically, a team holds 10 players on the practice squad. For Wade, the Bills can keep him free of charge on their practice squad, so they’ll have 11. It’s an effort to grow the game internationally, naturally.

Because we have to get used to Wade, exactly how much does Buffalo’s favorite rugby player know astir NFL football? He’s familiar with the yearly games played out in London, but little else.

“Just very basic stuff. Obviously you try to get a archetypal down, you try to score a touchdown which is six points, then you get an extra point. Just very basic stuff. Obviously every day I’m learning new stuff now,” Wade said.

He continued: “The new situations are like learning the playbook and knowing where to line up. … It’s like a new language just telling people where to go.”

Based on Wade’s comments, it sounds like the playbook might be the newest situation and perhaps the most difficult part of the new game to learn. He admitted location are terminologies he never heard of – situations you might know like the back of your hand, such as “routes” and “separation.” Blocking players is new, too.

“Blocking and stuff, that’s illegal in rugby, that’s new here,” Wade said.

But situations aren’t all completely new. There are reasons the Bills would want him. Rugby is a bit more free-flowing. Wade was a star because of this.

“I think just my ability to find space and beat men one on one,” Wade said.

And he’s actually confident in his ability to work in the huddle, as well. There’s a hint of that from set pieces in rugby, as he explained.

“That’s only like 20 percent of the game (rugby). For me, now, going to be coming into football, it’s like 100 percent of the game. Everysituation’s plays,” Wade said.

But so far, so good on this long-term project. We are apt a long, long way from Wade ever actually suiting up. But location’s optimism and hope that he can contribute in the Bills’ backfield for a few seasons, eventually.

The boost in eyeballs on Buffalo from across the pond is somesituation the NFL won’t be mad astir, either.

“There’s so many situations, every day that I’m here, I’m learning somesituation new. Like I said, I feel like a big kid, just archetypal day of school, excited to learn, excited to get involved,” Wade said.

Curious astir his skills? Have it em’ here:

Email Sign up

Like this article?

Sign up for the Bills Wire email newsletter to get our top stories in your inbox every morning

An error has occured

Please re-enter your email address.

Thanks for signing up!

You'll now receive the top Bills Wire stories each day directly in your inbox.

Did you like the news?

Recommended for you

Share Share