WVU Players in the NFL

Four WVU Players on the NFL Roster Bubble in 2019

As the Preseason draws to a close on Thursday night, these WVU players in the NFL might find themselves in search of a job.

Which Mountaineers are on the bubble?

Tavon Austin – The Cowboys now have depth at wide receiver and that could leave Austin on the outside looking in. After re-signing with Dallas in the offseason, Austin missed OTAs with an undisclosed injury. He played in only 7 games last season while sidelined with a groin injury. His lack of time on the field led Dallas to draft Tony Pollard as a gadget player/return man. Pollard has played well through three preseason games, especially returning kicks. Austin, on the other hand, has only caught four passes thus far.

Wendell Smallwood – The Eagles are likely to carry at most five running backs on the regular-season roster. Smallwood is one of four players contending for the final spot. His main competition for the spot is in Josh Adams. He is viewed as the better playmaker while Smallwood’s advantages are his experience and well-rounded game.

Gary Jennings – The Seahawks grabbed Jennings in the fourth round of this year’s NFL Draft, but he has, for the most part, underwhelmed in the preseason. He has caught only one pass for 12 yards through three preseason games. The team has four receivers who seem to have locked up roster spots: Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf, Jaron Brown, and David Moore. That leaves Jennings battling it out three other rookies and four others for one or two remaining spots depending on if Seattle carries five or six receivers. If waived, he could land on the practice squad if he goes unclaimed.

David Sills – The touchdown-scoring machine at West Virginia has yet to catch a pass in the preseason for the Buffalo Bills. He’s only been targeted twice thus far. It looks like the starters and three reserves are set. If Sills is cut, he would be a great practice squad candidate who would have a chance to quietly get better so he can earn a spot on the main roster down the road.

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