New York Giants training camp player preview: WR Austin Proehl

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Wide receiver Austin Proehl only has one credited season in the NFL, but during that season there are several NFL stops, including two with – you guessed it – the Buffalo Bills, where his coordinator offensive was none other than current Giants head coach Brian Daboll.

Proehl, the son of former NFL wide receiver Ricky Proehl, was originally drafted by the Bills in the seventh round of the 2018 draft after not being invited to the combine.

However, he attended a regional combine where he wowed the scouts, then on his pro day he recorded a 6.75 three-cone drill, a 4.07 short shuttle, a wide jump of 9’5″ and a vertical jump of 34″.

He didn’t make the Bills’ roster out of training camp and would instead be signed to the Titans’ practice squad. However, he only lasted a day before starting waived by Tennessee.

Proehl then signed with the Rams’ practice squad in October 2018, remaining there for the rest of the season. Los Angeles signed him to a reserve/term contract after the end of the season and brought him to training camp the following summer, but Proehl couldn’t stick with it.

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In 2019, Proehl was drafted by the Seattle Dragons of the XFL and made league history with his 14-yard touchdown reception (one of two he caught that season). which was the very first touchdown reception in the league’s unfortunate history.

When the XFL ended operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Proehl signed a reserve/future contract with the 49ers but did not make it to training camp, after being cut in the spring. .

His next stop was with the Chargers, who asked him for waivers, but he couldn’t make their roster and instead started the 2021 season on the practice squad. Proehl was released on October 26 and returned to the Bills on November 4, but was released two weeks later before re-signing on December 24.

Proehl will now try to find a home in New York, where he is currently part of a crowded reception hall. Let’s dive into Proehl’s tape to see what the Giants brass seem to like when they took chances on the young receiver who played his college ball for North Carolina.

June 15, 2021;  Costa Mesa, California, USA;  Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Austin Proehl (86) carries the ball during minicamp at the Hoag Performance Center.
July 29, 2021;  Costa Mesa, California, USA;  Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Austin Proehl (86) during training camp at Jack Hammett Sports Complex.
July 29, 2021;  Costa Mesa, California, USA;  Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Austin Proehl (86) during training camp at Jack Hammett Sports Complex.


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