For seven months, Bacarri Rambo trained at his home in Georgia hoping for a phone call. As the days inched closer to the start of another season, Rambo feared that call would never come.
“It was really tough. I thought I was done,” said Rambo. “My family kept my spirit up. My trainer back in Buckhead, GA, he really helped me out. All those people kept my spirit up and I really appreciate them for that.”
Last Tuesday, two days before the start of training camp, the Buffalo Bills, his former team, brought him back. Rambo is determined to show they made the right call.
“To get [a call] from Buffalo,” said Rambo after practice Tuesday at St. John Fisher College. “It was a very emotional moment. Playing football again and just being here, it’s a blessing.”
A former 6th-round pick by Washington in 2013, Rambo played 19 games for the Bills in 2014 and 2015 before spending last season with Miami. Now in his third season in Buffalo, Rambo is also on his third Bills head coach after Doug Marrone and Rex Ryan.
“He obviously has skins on the wall in terms of his experience and playing in this league and knowing what it means,” said Bills head coach Sean McDermott. “That’s an advantage for us and for him.”
The Bills lack depth at safety after free agent signings Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer. There is an opportunity for Rambo to make the team despite missing spring minicamp and OTAs. Rambo is already taking reps with the Bills second team defense. He says quickly learning terminology has been the key.
“That’s why I wear a 7 5/8 hat. I have a big head. I feel like I’m able to learn pretty fast,” said Rambo. “I’m just trying to play catchup and absorb. Just take all the notes and learn the coaches.”