PITTSFORD -- Sean McDermott is happy with the focus defensive tackle Adolphus Washington has shown during the Buffalo Bills' training camp.
It hasn't been easy for Washington. He has other things on his mind, such as his Aug. 24 bench trial in a Cincinnati court for a concealed firearm charge from an arrest in July. His appearance will come two days before the Bills' third preseason game, at Baltimore.
But McDermott likes Washington's ability to stay dialed-in on the chore of securing a roster spot, something that his off-field conduct could ultimately put in jeopardy.
"The focus is important, that he can focus and flip the switch in terms of when it’s time to work, it’s time to work," the coach said. "He’s done a good job of that so far. Again, another second-year player that we’re trying to bring along and develop and he’s done a good job.
"Yet, there’s a lot of work to do and we’re not there yet as a football team. We’ve got a lot of work to do. We’re coming off of about four or five practices and a chance, (with Monday's day off), to hit the reset button and assess where we are as a football team. We feel good about the work we’ve put in the previous four or five days.
"That said, we’ve got a lot of work to do – a lot of growing to do as a football team both on and off the field."