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WVU alum Elijah Wellman signed to reserve/future contracts with Packers

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The Green Bay Packers have turned the page and already began focusing on the 2020 season with the signing of two to reserve/future contracts, including West Virginia alum Elijah Wellman.

General Manager Brian Gutekunst announced the transactions Monday. The team also signed CFL player Reggie Begelton (6-foot-0, 20o pounds) to a future deal.

Wellman, a 6-foot-1, 241-pound fullback, graduated from WVU in 2017 and was subsequently signed as a free agent with the Washington Redskins. He spent parts of the 2018-19 offseason with the Redskins after originally being signed in May 2018. Wellmann showed his excitement by taking to his Instagram page.

In college, he played in 51 career games and registered 35 carries for 137 yards and a touchdown. In the air, Wellman hauled in 16 receptions for 71 yards and three touchdowns.

For the Mountaineers, Wellman may not have tallied up a number of rushing or receiving yards but was a critical blocker for the Mountaineers offense. He led the way for WVU 1,000 yard rushers Wendell Smallwood, currently with the Washington Redskins, and Justin Crawford during his five years in Morgantown.

In 2017, Wellman was voted as a team captain and later received the Ed Pastilong Award, which is given to WVU players who exhibited outstanding work ethic and on-field ability. He was also recognized for accomplishments off the field, including character and academics.

This deal will ensure Wellman is on the Packers’ 90-man roster this coming offseason.

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