Just four snaps, four out of the 66 that the Detroit Lions ran against the Bears last Sunday. They may have passed largely unnoticed on many stat sheets, but not on Cornelius Washington’s.
The rookie defensive end, drafted this year in the sixth round by the Bears, became the third member of the 2013 draft class to play other than special teams. Washington went in on Sunday in Detroit for a total of four plays.
It was nothing short of a dream come true.
“It was definitely a dream, especially when you’ve been playing this game since a young age,” said Washington. “So many people start when you’re small, and to finally reach that point…wow.”
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No. 2 pick Jonathan Bostic and fourth-rounder Khaseem Greene have played but only on special teams. Seventh-rounder Marquess Wilson has been inactive through four games.
Washington had dressed for the Cincinnati, Minnesota and Pittsburgh games but didn’t see the field. That all changed for him last Sunday and ended a few weeks of amp’d-up frustration.
“It felt so great to get in and get those reps,” Washington said. “That’s one of those things I’ve been battling with myself the past couple weeks: ‘Am I going to play? Am I going to play?’ And trying do exactly what the coaches want and ask me to do.
“I finally got my opportunity to get in and get some reps.”