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Mountaineers in the NFL: Preseason Week 3

With just 1 week of the NFL preseason to go, where do your Mountaineer alumni stand?

Nick Kwiatkoski Sacks Chad Kelly
Chicago Bears

As Week 3 of the NFL Preseason came to an end on Sunday, football fans everywhere celebrated (well, except Colts fans).

Here’s how your former Mountaineers have fared this past week:

Dravon Askew-Henry (S, PIT) had no stats in Week 3. It looks as if he’ll start the 2019 campaign on a practice squad, as the Steelers have a pretty deep safety room.

Tavon Austin (WR, DAL) caught his only target for 22 yards.

Don Barclay (OL, DEN) will not likely be making Denver’s roster.

Yodny Cajuste (OL, NE) is on the non-football injury (NFI) list.

Rasul Douglas (CB, PHI) had one tackle. He’s been impressing the coaching staff during camp, and seems a lock to make the Eagles 53-man roster.

Mark Glowinski (OL, IND) will be on the Colts opening day roster as the starting RG. The big man will be helping protect new starting QB, Jacoby Brissett.

Najee Goode (LB, JAC) had one assisted tackle. He’s had a great camp and will be playing an important role on the Jaguars defense in 2019-20.

Will Grier (QB, CAR) suddenly has been thrust into a QB battle. When Grier was taken by Carolina in last April’s Draft, Mountaineer fans everywhere understood that he very well could see playing time during his rookie season due to Cam Newton’s injury history. Well, Newton sprained an ankle and we haven’t even made it out of August yet. Grier went 4-for-8 for 44 yards and a sack in an absolute laugher of a loss to the Patriots.

Bruce Irvin (LB/DE, CAR) did not play. He’ll definitely be making the Panthers 53-man roster, as Coach Ron Rivera has big plans for Bruuuuuuuuce on his defense.

Gary Jennings Jr. (WR, SEA) caught 1-of-3 targets for 12 yards in a win vs. the Chargers. His lone catch was on a ball from Geno Smith, no less! You can see it below: He’s definitely a guy to watch this next week, as his spot on the Seahawks 53-man is tenuous as best. He might need an impressive showing in Week 4 against the Raiders in order to make this team.

Karl Joseph (S, OAK) did not have any stats. He’s looking to come into his own in his second full season in Coach Jon Gruden’s defense. The former 1st round pick is feeling the pressure, though, as the Raiders are expecting a lot out of him in 2019-20.

Nick Kwiatkoski (LB, CHI) had himself a game, racking up 4 solo tackles, a sack, a stuff, and a pass deflection. He’s certainly making himself a strong case to crack the Bears 53-man roster.

David Long Jr. (LB, TEN), AKA “The Heat Seeking Missile”, had 3 solo tackles. He’s considered a bubble candidate — we’ll keep our eye on him.

Adam Pankey (OL, GB) is right on the bubble of making this team. We’ll continue to monitor him in the next week.

David Sills V (WR, BUF) did not record any stats. It seems that Sills will start the season on a practice squad.

Wendell Smallwood (RB, PHI) did not play. The Eagles running back room is really deep, which doesn’t spell well for Smallwood. He is a strong trade candidate as we move into the next week, and is definitely a guy to watch. Perhaps the Houston Texans could trade for him after losing their RB Lamar Miller to an ACL?

Geno Smith (QB, SEA) saw extended action vs. the Chargers. He completed 11-of-18 passes for 117 yards, but was sacked once. The Seahawks backup did nothing to hurt his odds of staying in that #2 role moving forward.

Quinton Spain (OL, BUF) hurt his ankle in Week 3, and was even reported leaving the stadium in a walking boot and on crutches. We’ll continue to monitor him moving forward.

Trevon Wesco (TE, NYJ) did not have any stats. He’s a very raw prospect, as described by Anthony Becht in this interview. He may not make the opening day roster, but he’s definitely someone the Jets will give a chance to at some point.

Kyzir White (LB/S, LAC) assisted on a tackle vs. the Seattle Seahawks. He’s considered a bubble candidate to make the roster.

Kevin White (WR, FA) is still a free agent after being released by Arizona last week.

Daryl Worley (DB, OAK) did not have any stats, but is having a nice camp and will be on the Raiders opening day roster.