By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist
Adolphus Washington of the Bills
Taken in Round 3 in 2016
Other picks in the round: Every single player in that round has played at least one game in the NFL. We’ll salute the leaders in games played with 80: Kevin Byard of the Titans, and Joe Thuney of the Giants. Tight end Austin Hooper of the Falcons leads in receiving yards.
The details: Washington was a high school All-American in both football and basketball and went to Ohio State. At 6-foot-4 and 295 pounds, he was difficult to contain at that level, and the Bills hoped he could help their defensive line. Adolphus did grab a starting spot at defensive end as a rookie, and stayed for two seasons. But the Bills waived him after one game in 2018, and he spent four games with the Bengals before his career apparently ended.
Other 80s: The Sabres took defenseman Dean Melanson in 1992, and he spent five games with them in 1994-95. Then it was back to the minors almost for good, with a brief stay with the Capitals in 2001-02. Dean ended his career with the Basingstroke Bison in Great Britain.
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