A 2013 sixth-round pick of the Redskins, Washington will face Bacarri Rambo for the first time on Sunday since he was released -- and then signed by the Bills -- last season.
Bacarri Rambo is making the most of his second chance after struggling during a much shorter stint with the Washington Redskins than expected.
With the No. 191 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Redskins selected Bacarri Rambo out of Georgia. Here's a gallery of his collegiate career.
Rambo is now a key member of the Buffalo Bills' defense after they took a flier on the University of Georgia product as a free agent last November, just two months after the Redskins released him.
A sixth-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Rambo quickly ascended the safety ranks on the Redskins his rookie season, going from a developmental player to a starter.
Rambo would actually start in his career debut, recording 10 tackles and a sack in a Redskins loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
But as his rookie season wore on, Rambo struggled, particularly with tackling and with the angles he took against his targets.
Just two games into his second season, he was released.
Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said he's happy that Rambo has been able to find success in a new home.
"Rambo's done good, man," Gruden said this week. "I like Rambo. I felt bad when we had to let him go. I'm glad he's taken advantage of the opportunity. That does happen a lot in the NFL. You see a lot of players go from one team to another and it just doesn't work out for whatever reason. 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."
Rambo, who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game with a knee injury, is now patrolling the defensive backfield for a Bills defense that has the potential to be among the best in the NFL.
For his part, Rambo has three interceptions during his time in Buffalo, two coming last season off Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and an additional one this season that sealed a Bills victory over the New York Jets.
"I'm mature enough to understand that it is business, it's no hard feelings," Rambo said this week, per BuffaloBills.com. "I still communicate with some of the guys that are still there but I see that as a positive. It just made me grow into a more mature understanding of the game and the business of the NFL. It just made me grow up a whole lot.
Rambo added: "Being released, it just made me go harder. It made my just prepare and take the game a lot more serious because you never know when you're last down will be."
The Redskins, meanwhile, have improved on defense this season, especially in the secondary.
While they gave up nearly 250 passing yards per game last season with 35 touchdowns allowed and just seven interceptions -- also allowing 56 passing plays of 20 yards or longer -- the Redskins this season are allowing almost 10 fewer passing yards per game while giving up fewer touchdowns and forcing more turnovers.
Part of that success has come from the players being capable of playing different roles.
"We got guys who play nickel. We got guys that play corner playing nickel. We got nickels playing corner," safety Dashon Goldson said. "We got corners playing safety. That can be definitely a weapon for us. When we line up against teams, they don't know what we're doing or who is playing what."