Rees Odhiambo was taken by surprise when he was drafted late in the third round of last year’s NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks as he was cooking dinner at fellow former Boise State offensive lineman Marcus Henry’s house.
His rookie year was just as interesting, playing just once in the first nine weeks, then being pressed into backup duty each of the final seven games of the regular season.
Click here for a very in-depth look at his first serious action last season against the Eagles.
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He accidentally stepped on quarterback Russell Wilson’s foot in the Seahawks’ playoff loss to the Falcons, causing a safety.
Always playing on the left side, he was at right guard, and after the game said, “I never played (right guard) once besides tonight.”
This training camp, Odhiambo is listed as a backup at left tackle and has also played at left guard.
“We drafted him to be a starting player, and we thought by the middle of the season through the second half of it, we could see that that potential was all there, the mentality was all there,” coach Pete Carroll said before training camp began. “... He’s going to get a great chance to start.”
Next preseason game: vs. Vikings, 8 p.m. Friday (NFL Network)
CHANCELLER JAMES, S, 49ERS
James had a tough senior year off the field, but was solid on it for the Broncos. Last February, former teammate Dereck Boles bit off part of his ear in an altercation (Boles was later acquitted), and James was suspended for the opener. Still, he finished first on the team with three interceptions. A long, athletic safety, he bucked the odds as one of just three players out of 56 at a tryout in early May to sign with the 49ers.
In training camp, James was playing well, but he suffered a torn ACL (the third of his career) in the team’s preseason opener. He was waived, but cleared waivers and is currently on the team’s injured reserve.
This is the fourth in our series looking at former Boise State players in the NFL. We will resume next week with the AFC.
NFC East: Kellen Moore, Orlando Scandrick, Tyrone Crawford, DeMarcus Lawrence, Donte Deayon, Darian Thompson
NFC North: Charles Leno, Sam McCaskill
NFC South: Doug Martin, Jeremy McNichols, Jonathan Moxey, Travis Averill