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Final NFL Cuts Not Kind To Ex-Mountaineers

While Labor Day Weekend brings the beginning of the college football season, it also marks the end of the line for many trying to make NFL rosters.  This year, the final round of cuts were particularly tough for many former West Virginia University standouts.

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  • Pat White was cut by Miami Dolphins, ending any hope he might have had to make an impact in their wildcat offense.
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  • Owen Schmitt was waived by the Seattle Seahawks for failing to wrestle the starting fullback position away from Justin Griffith.
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  • Alric Arnett was cut by the Denver Broncos after failing to make the squad as a special teams player. He found a spot on the Indianapolis Colts' practice squad.
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  • Selvish Capers was cut by the Washington Redskins, he is hoping to make the team's practice squad.
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  • Jarrett Brown was cut by the San Francisco 49ers.  Brown was unable to make the squad as the team's emergency quarterback
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  • Anthony Becht, tight end, was cut by the Arizona Cardinals. Becht was drafted into the NFL by the Jets in 2000.  He also spent time with the Rams and Buccaneers during his ten year NFL career.
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Other Mountaineers in the pros are on similarly shaky ground.  Steve Slaton's bout of fumble-itis in Houston has cost him his starting job, and his tenure with that franchise looks shaky at best.  Marc Bulger, a former Pro-Bowl Quarterback for the St. Louis Rams, will be the Baltimore Ravens back-up this season.  Adam "Pacman" Jones attempts to re-invigorate his career as a defensive back/kick returner for the Cincinnati Bengals.

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The only former Mountaineer who seems to be moving in the right direction is WR Darius Reynaud who was traded from the Minnesota Vikings to the New York Giants last week.  Reynaud is expected to make an immediate impact as a returner and as a gunner on special teams coverage.

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Former Mountaineer kicker Pat McAffee is currently the starting punter for the Indianapolis Colts, defensive back Ryan Mundy is a back-up in the Steelers secondary and fullback Cory McIntyre signed a two-year extension for the Buffalo Bills.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.