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The hustle paid off for Alonzo Russell
The 6-foot-4 inch, 205-pound receiver played well enough on offense, using his size to his advantage against smaller defensive backs — notably making the game-winning touchdown against the New England Patriots.
— NFL (@NFL) August 30, 2019
But what stood out throughout the preseason was Russell’s hustle on offense and special teams. In nearly every preseason game there was an instance where Russell left it all on the field, going above and beyond to make a play. Perhaps none was bigger than his sprint down the field to save a touchdown when an improvised pass intended for Reggie White Jr. was intercepted.
In a play that Pat Shurmur says was drew up on the spot and was designed to get Reggie White Jr. a TD, Tanney threw a pick to Duck who made a great diving INT, but I’m showing this clip because of the hustle by Alonzo Russell. He turned on the jets and then some to catch Duck. pic.twitter.com/MuUBZxvsPX
— Danny King (@DannyKingNFL) August 18, 2019
This is one of the toughest times of the year, when players who give their all to try to live out their dreams are told they just aren’t good enough, or couldn’t beat the numbers game. It’s good to see things work out and a player like Russell make the squad.