By: Barry Barnes, Founder
Being a part of a NFL team was just the mere focus for the pioneers of the NFL Regional Combine. To be recognized with a winning franchise, well, how awesome would that be?
For Wildcard Weekend, 14 players from the RC will have the opportunity to challenge their vision and help their mates to get to Houston in hopes of lifting the Vince Lombardi trophy.
WR SETH ROBERTS
Roberts is one of the best third-receivers in the league. During the regular season, the 2014 RC standout averaged 10.4 yards per catch off 38 receptions, hauling in five touchdowns.
Twice this season, Roberts scored two walk-off touchdowns for the Raiders, most noticeably the 41-yard touchdown reception against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in overtime in Week 8.
LB TYRELL ADAMS
The 6-2, 228-pound linebacker from West Georgia signed with the Raiders midway through the season and was active since Week 12.
WR WENDALL WILLIAMS
The speedster from the University of the Cumberlands was with the Texans throughout the offseason and preseason. Williams was released, but rejoined the club towards the end of the 2016 NFL campaign.
Williams was promoted to the active roster in Week 15. The rookie receiver recorded 75 yards off four receptions, averaging 18.8 per catch.
RB JONATHAN GRIMES
Grimes is the Texans third-down specialist and can catch the ball from the backfield extremely well.Off 23 carries, Grimes racked up 105 yards, averaging 4.6 yards per carry this season.
DB DENZEL RICE
Rice signed with the Texans late in the season and went crazy on the field with nine tackles in Week 17 for his first action during the regular season.
LB BRANDON COPELAND
Copeland finally gets the chance to throw down in the playoffs. The veteran journeyman from Baltimore, MD had his best year as a pro registering 16 tackles, a forced fumble and a block punt.
TE BRANDON WILLIAMS
The physical Williams, who is known for his blocking skills, napped two passes this season – his first since 2014. The five-year veteran has been member of two other teams (Miami Dolphins and Carolina Panthers), but he has finally found a home in Seattle.
DBs ROBERT GOLDEN AND JORDAN DANGERFIELD
Golden is a five-year veteran from Arizona and made a home in Pittsburgh. The former captain of special teams is playing more with the defensive unit and recorded 34 tackles this season.
Dangerfield came on strong this year after being on the practice squad last season. The Towson graduate exited the 2016 regular season with 16 tackles.
T ALEJANDRO VILLANUEVA
Villanueva is quickly becoming one of the game’s best-left tackles. Clearly, Villanueva has made a smooth transition from two positions, linebacker and tight end.
Is a touchdown catch in Villanueva’s future?
P JORDAN BERRY
Berry contributed to the Steelers’ field positioning battles all season. Berry will be a necessity for the Steelers’ second season run to give the defense a solid chance to defend.
GREEN BAY PACKERS
WR TREVOR DAVIS
Davis spent majority of his rookie season as a return specialist, but he earned his moment in the sun in Week 8 when he caught his first NFL touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons.
On the season, Davis totaled three catches for 24 yards.
P JACOB SCHUM
Schum has taken flight in Green Bay after his stint with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Lions defensive tackle Stefan Charles (injured), Seahawks tackle Will Pericak (practice squad) and Steelers wide receiver Marcus Tucker (practice squad) will cheer and encourage their teammates.
All these players will play key roles to manufacture a victory to advance to the Divisional Round, where more RC athletes await.