By Jay Skurski
The Buffalo Bills showed at the draft in April they are willing to take a chance on players with a checkered past.
Both linebacker Kiko Alonso and safety Duke Williams had alcohol-related arrests during college, but the Bills were satisfied those issues were behind them.
The Bills acquired another player today who has had issues with alcohol in fullback Evan Rodriguez, who was arrested twice within a three-month span earlier this year.
Rodriguez was first arrested in March for resisting an officer without violence and disorderly intoxication after a car in which he was a passenger in was involved in a traffic incident in Miami. The charges were eventually dropped.
He was also arrested in May for driving under the influence, leading to his release from the Chicago Bears.
"A lot of decisions go into where that person is now in their life. Have they learned from that mistake?" Bills coach Doug Marrone said. "Character is a big thing ... coming onto this team."
Rodriguez is a former fourth-round draft pick of the Bears in 2012 out of Temple. He played in 12 games with five starts as a rookie.
"When someone comes along, you know there's a short leash. They have to convince people that they've learned from that mistake, that they're ready to move on, and then once they do that then they have to get on the field and obviously perform," Marrone said.
Rodriguez ran a 4.53-second 40-yard dash at the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine. He did 18 reps on 225-pound bench press.
"I know that he's very athletic. Can help us in the H-back mode and I think that he can also help us on special teams, but I think I'll wait to see what actually happens on the field," Marrone said.