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Former Washington State slot receiver River Cracraft inks NFL deal with Denver Broncos

WSU receiver River Cracraft waits with teammates before the start of the game against USC on Saturday, Nov 1, 2014 at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash.  Cracraft sat out the game due to injury.  TYLER TJOMSLAND tylert@spokesman.com (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
WSU receiver River Cracraft waits with teammates before the start of the game against USC on Saturday, Nov 1, 2014 at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash. Cracraft sat out the game due to injury. TYLER TJOMSLAND tylert@spokesman.com (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

The player wearing No. 19 for the Denver Broncos this Sunday should look familiar to Washington State fans.

River Cracraft, the former Cougars receiver whose prolific college career in was cut a few games short by an ACL tear last season, inked a deal with the NFL club on Tuesday. Cracraft announced the news on Twitter.

The ex-WSU slot was one of four players who worked out with the Broncos Tuesday, according to ESPN, and clearly demonstrated enough ability for the AFC West team to want to sign him seven weeks into the NFL season.

In a Denver Post article, it was written that Cracraft “could be an immediate contributor in the slot.”

He was nothing short of that during his four years with the Cougars. Cracraft finished his WSU career second on the all-time receptions leaderboard with 281. He turned in 20 touchdowns for the Cougars and amassed 2,701 total receiving yards.

Cracraft didn’t declare himself fully healthy until approximately a month ago. The Rancho Santa Margarita, California, native went undrafted but had his first NFL workout one month ago to the day, with the New England Patriots. Cracraft also worked out with the Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans.

Cracraft could be making his NFL debut in his own backyard this weekend. The Broncos play the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday at the StubHub Center, which is only 50 miles north of Cracraft’s hometown.


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