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Mountaineers in the NFL Roundup: Post-Preseason Roster Moves

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With NFL teams needing to get down 53-man rosters, which former Mountaineers made the cut?

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  • WR Daikiel Shorts - Buffalo Bills: After finishing the preseason with 9 receptions for 90 yards, Shorts did not make the Bills 53-man roster. However, he was signed to the team’s practice squad.
  • CB Daryl Worley - Carolina Panthers: This isn’t exactly breaking news but Worley made the 53-man roster. He will open the season as one of the Panthers starting cornerbacks.
  • LB Nick Kwiatkoski - Chicago Bears: He finished the preseason strong with two sacks in the preseason finale against the Cleveland Browns. With starting linebacker Danny Trevathan dealing with a knee injury, Kwiatkoski could be in the starting lineup on Sunday when the Bears host the Falcons.
  • WR Kevin White - Chicago Bears: White obviously made the team’s 53-man roster and with Cameron Meredith out for the season, he’ll open the season as the team’s No. 1 wide receiver.
  • DE Will Clarke - Tampa Bay Buccaneers: After spending the last three seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, Clarke was released by the team on Saturday. Three days later, he signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
  • CB Adam “Pacman” Jones - Cincinnati Bengals: Jones made the Bengals 53-man roster but fans won’t see him in Week 1. If you remember, the former Mountaineer was suspended for the first game in 2017 for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.
  • OL Don Barclay - Green Bay Packers: Barclay was placed on injured reserve with an ankle injury. He could be brought back at some point during the season if the Packers choose to use their one designated to return option on him.
  • OL Adam Pankey - Green Bay Packers: The 2017 undrafted rookie free agent did not make the team’s final 53-man roster but he was signed to the team’s practice squad.
  • S Jarrod Harper - Jacksonville Jaguars: In Week 4 of the preseason, Harper had to be carted off the field with a head/neck injury. After clearing through waivers, Harper was placed on the Jaguars injured reserve.
  • WR Tavon Austin - Los Angeles Rams: Austin did not play in any of the team’s four preseason games due to an injury but should be ready to play in Week 1 against the Colts.
  • QB Geno Smith - New York Giants: Smith won the battle to be Eli Manning’s backup. He will open the season as the Giants No. 2 signal caller.
  • LB J.T. Thomas - New York Giants: Thomas made one of the last spots on the Giants 53-man roster. He will begin the season as one of the team’s backup linebackers.
  • LB Bruce Irvin - Oakland Raiders: No surprise here but Irvin made the team’s final 53-man roster. He will open the season as one of the Raiders starting linebackers.
  • S Karl Joseph - Oakland Raiders: The Raiders’ 2016 first-round pick will start the season as the team’s starting strong safety. He should look closer to the player we saw at WVU now that he is almost two years recovered from his 2015 torn ACL.
  • CB Rasul Douglas - Philadelphia Eagles: Douglas will open the season as one of the Eagles backup cornerbacks. He should see plenty of time in sub-packages and on special teams.
  • WR Shelton Gibson - Philadelphia Eagles: Despite a forgettable preseason and many reports of struggles in practice, Gibson made the Eagles 53-man roster. There is obviously something the coaching staff likes about Gibson and did not want to expose him to waivers.
  • LB Najee Goode - Philadelphia Eagles: Goode made the team’s final 53-man roster and will start the season as one of the Eagles’ backup linebackers.
  • RB Wendell Smallwood - Philadelphia Eagles: Smallwood made the team’s final 53-man roster. He should see some touches right away in Week 1 as the Eagles will use a running back by committee.
  • DL Noble Nwachukwu - San Francisco 49ers: The 2017 undrafted free agent did not make the 49ers 53-man roster but he was signed to the team’s practice squad.
  • LB Terence Garvin - Seattle Seahawks: The 2013 undrafted free agent not only made the Seahawks 53-man roster but he is also projected to open the season as one of Seattle’s starting linebackers.
  • G Mark Glowinski - Seattle Seahawks: The 2015 fourth-round pick made the Seahawks 53-man roster and should be the team’s starting right guard in Week 1.
  • RB Charles Sims - Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Not only did Sims win a roster spot on the Buccaneers 53-man roster but he should see some decent playing time right away. Doug Martin is suspended for the first three games in 2017 and the team waived fifth-round pick Jeremy McNichols. Keep in mind fans won’t be able to see Sims play in Week 1 due to the Dolphins and Buccaneers game being postponed because of Hurricane Irma.
  • S Keith Tandy - Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tandy made Tampa Bay’s 53-man roster and will start the season as one of the team’s starting safeties.
  • OT Marquis Lucas - Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Even though Lucas did not make the team’s 53-man roster, he was signed to Tampa Bay’s practice squad.
  • G Quinton Spain - Tennessee Titans: Spain made the Titans 53-man roster and will open the season as the team’s starting left guard.
  • S K.J. Dillon: Last year the Texans used their fifth-round pick on Dillon. After this year’s preseason, the team elected to cut Dillon. He is now a free agent.
  • WR/RET Mario Alford: The former 2015 seventh-round pick was waived by the Cleveland Browns. He is now a free agent.
  • OL Tyler Orlosky: Unfortunately, not only did Orlosky not make the Eagles final 53-man roster but he also was not signed to the team’s practice squad either. He’s now a free agent.
  • DL Christian Brown: After not registering a single tackle the entire preseason with the Steelers, Brown did not make the team’s 53-man roster and was not signed to the practice squad. He is now a free agent.
  • CB Maurice Fleming: Fleming, who was one of the fan-favorites on the HBO Show, “Hard Knocks” is currently a free agent. He is working to get healthy from a knee injury he suffered in Week 2 of the preseason against the Jaguars.