A couple former Mountaineer football players showcased what they’re made of in the second week of the NFL preseason schedule this past weekend, each fighting for healthy spots on their respective team’s 53-man rosters heading into the season.
The first player who had an exceptional weekend was former West Virginia quarterback turned Carolina Panther Will Grier who faced off against the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday night and had one of the best games of his NFL career. Grier completed 11-of-13 passes and threw for 144 yards.
Since entering the NFL in 2019, the quarterback has only played in two regular season games while completing 28 passes and throwing for 228 yards through those pair of combined matchups.
One really pretty pass over Baltimore’s defense was a 34-yard streak pass down the right sideline to Terrace Marshall Jr. for the big gain. The quarterback also didn’t allow a turnover when the rock was in his hands and looked like everything a team should want from a primary backup quarterback behind Sam Darnold.
“I thought Will did a nice job, pushed the ball down the field. He did a nice job making some big throws. Unfortunately, he had some checks in the protection game that hurt him and he had to get rid of the ball. I’ll have to go back and watch it, but I thought he had good poise out there. There were some signs of good football,” said Panthers’ head coach Matt Rhule.
Another former Mountaineer who played at a high level over the weekend was current New York Giants wide receiver David Sills who tallied his first career touchdown over the Cleveland Browns. Sills finished the day snatching three receptions and going for 31 yards including the eight-yard touchdown strike.
With Kenny Golladay and Sterling Shepard ready to lead New York’s receiving threats this season, Sills would fill in very nicely for a depth role with the Giants. The only other second year wide receivers like Sills on the team include Austin Mack from Ohio State and Damion Willis from Troy University.
Both Grier and Sills were a powerful duo in Morgantown when they each put their talents on display for the state of West Virginia to experience. If both make the active rosters this season, there’s no telling how much of an impact each player will have for their own teams on the offensive side of the ball.