While most WVU fans will be focused on their TV’s Saturday afternoon, some former WVUPros will be sweating out the most crucial deadline of their football careers.
NFL teams must finalize their 53-man rosters by 4 p.m. Saturday, and some WVUPros could be cut from their teams’ roster. There are a few players that are on the brink of making the final roster, so let’s take a look at which players might not make the final roster.
Marquis Lucas – Buffalo Bills
The Bills cut Lucas on Friday. He could spend the year developing, possibly on the scout team.
If Lucas is on the Buffalo scout team, he can make his name known throughout the organization and work his way towards a roster spot before the end of the season.
Shaq Petteway – San Diego Chargers
It seems unlikely Petteway will make the final 53-man roster for the Chargers. While they will be seeking depth at the linebacker position, I’m not sure if it will be through Petteway.
The defense needs help now, and Petteway is more of a project at linebacker. The Chargers have several established NFL linebackers, and there are other linebackers that have shown more promise than Petteway.
Petteway had four tackles against the 49ers in the Chargers preseason finale.
Shaq Riddick – Arizona Cardinals
Riddick is truly on the brink and he will be one of the last people to make the roster, or one of the first people cut.
The Cardinals 2015 5th round pick, Riddick battled injuries during his rookie season and failed to see much playing time.
Now, he is working hard at earning one of the final roster spots on one of the best defenses in the NFL.
Riddick contributed three tackles to the Cardinals victory in the preseason finale against the Broncos.
Nick Kwiatkoski – Chicago Bears
It is unlikely that the Bears will cut the fourth-round draft pick, but the rookie will likely begin the season as one of the Bears seven inactive players.
The Bears have nine linebackers they are comfortable with, and they are unlikely to rush Kwiatkoski into the heat of things.
Kwiatkoski missed most of the preseason with a hamstring injury, and was finally able to appear in the Bears final preseason game against Cleveland.
The Bears want to work Kwiatkoski into the defense, and let him gradually learn the defensive schemes that come along with the defense and make up for time lost during his injury.
The Bears have high hopes for Nick, so it would be extremely unlikely to see them cut ties with the linebacker.
Geno Smith- New York Jets
WVU’s most controversial pro, Smith will start the season as the Jets backup quarterback. However, the Jets have two young arms in Bryce Petty and rookie Christian Hackenberg.
That being said, Smith actually has game experience unlike Petty. The Jets are in win now mode, and having an established backup quarterback is important for teams looking to win this season.
If Ryan Fitzpatrick were to go down, the Jets would feel much more comfortable going with Smith. I think this will be his last season with the organization.