By: Barry Barnes, Founder
The NFL Regional Combine continues to produce talent for the NFL as two others players are signed. Defensive back Akeem Davis of the Washington Redskins, who was originally a member of their practice squad, was signed to the team’s active roster Tuesday and defensive tackle Christo Bilukidi was claimed off waivers by the Baltimore Ravens from the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday.
Akeem participated in the NFL Regional Combine twice (2013 and 2014). He was invited for a try-out with the Seattle Seahawks in 2013, but was not offered a contract. Fast forward to a year later after attending the Atlanta workouts, the Redskins signed Davis in April.
The Redskins were impressive with Davis’ passion and abilities, especially his adeptness on special teams. The Memphis product was not originally named to the 53-man roster before the start of the season. However, the Redskins recognized Davis’ talent and signed him to their practice squad.
After Week 1, the Redskins signed the 6-1, 200-pound defensive back to their active roster, and he may see some action Sunday with the special teams when the Redskins host the Jacksonville Jaguars in their home opener.
According to Redskins head coach Jay Gruden, special teams will be where Davis will make his mark.
“He’s a great special teams player,” said Gruden. “He’s still learning the defense – very raw as far as a secondary is concerned. He’s learning, but he really makes his mark on special teams and really helps in that regard. You hate to lose big guys that can run fast, and he’s one of those guys that can run fast and he’s somebody the other team has to really deal with on special teams.”
“From a defensive standpoint, if he’s a fourth or fifth safety, hopefully he won’t be thrust into action anytime soon, but if he is, he’s slowly but surely coming along and can take some reps at safety, but really he will make his mark on special team,” he added.
Bilukidi was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the sixth-round (189-overall) in 2012. He made history as the first player from Georgia State to get drafted in the NFL. In addition, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers drafted Bilukidi 21st overall in the third round of the CFL Draft the same year.
After one year wearing the silver and black, the Angolan-Canadian was released and he ventured through the RC in Atlanta for the 2013 workouts.
The Bengals came calling in November and signed Bilukidi. Shortly after, his contract was voided because Bilukidi’s work visa did not transfer to another squad. Followed by filing and organizing paperwork, Bilukidi was able to re-sign with the Bengals in the following weeks.
Before the first kickoff of the 2014 NFL campaign, the Bengals released Bilukidi.
Now, Bilukidi is a Raven, and he may see some action on the field Thursday night when Baltimore host the Pittsburgh Steelers. For his career, the 6-5, 320-pound defensive tackle who has registered 13 tackles and a sack.
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