The NFL season has ended, and with 19 Mountaineers appearing in games across the league, let’s take a look at which ones will be competing in the NFL playoffs.
Rasul Douglas was picked up by the Green Bay Packers from the Arizona Cardinals practice squad on October 6th and he never looked back. Appearing in 15 games for the Packers Douglas recorded 5 interceptions, along with 2 pick-sixes in back to back weeks that sent the NFL world into a frenzy. Douglas and the Packers earned a first round bye, and will face either the Eagles, 49ers, Cardinals or Rams in the second round.
David Long Jr.
Long has been an important defensive player for the Titans for the past 2 seasons, starting 9 of the 10 games he played this year for them, missing 7 games due to injury. In only 10 games he recorded a whopping 76 tackles and grabbed 2 interceptions. The Titans, like the Packers, also have a first round bye and will face either the Raiders, Steelers, Bengals or Patriots in the second round.
Mckivitz has served as the San Francisco 49ers backup LG this season, but made his first appearance in a crucial week 18 matchup with the Rams, starting at LG. Mckivitz and the 49ers will visit the Dallas Cowboys in the Wildcard round.
Kwiatkoski will likely have to watch his Raiders teammates in the playoffs from the sidelines as he suffered an ankle injury against Washington on December 5th and was placed on injured reserve. In 8 games for the Raiders this season Kwiatkowski recorded 21 tackles and a forced fumble.
Spain started the first 16 games of the season for the Cincinnati Bengals before missing the season finale with an ankle injury and being placed in health and safety protocols. He’s expected to be healthy for the Bengals Wildcard matchup against the Los Vegas Raiders.
Cajuste served as the backup LT for the New England Patriots this season, appearing in 7 games, while starting 2 of them. The Patriots will meet the Buffalo Bills on Wildcard weekend.
After being cut by the Carolina Panthers prior to the season, Grier was picked up by the Dallas Cowboys and served the season as their 3rd string QB. He did not see any action this season and likely will be inactive for the Cowboys first round matchup against the San Francisco 49ers.
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