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New York Giants Training Camp Player Preview: WR Austin Proehl

There's something about Austin Proehl that GM Joe Schoen and head coach Brian Daboll like, given that they drafted him while in Buffalo and brought him back twice. Let's find out what that is.

Receiver Austin Proehl has just one credited NFL season to his name, but within that one season are several NFL stops, including two with—you guessed it—the Buffalo Bills, where his offensive coordinator was none other than current Giants head coach Brian Daboll.

Proehl, the son of former NFL 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 scouts, and then at his pro day, he recorded a 6.75 three-cone drill, a 4.07 short shuttle, a 9’5” broad jump, and a 34” vertical leap.

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

Proehl then signed with the Rams practice squad in October 2018, staying there through the rest of the season. Los Angeles signed him to a reserve/futures contract after the season ended and brought him to training camp the following summer but Proehl could not stick.

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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 first-ever touchdown reception in the ill-fated league's history.

When the XFL terminated operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Proehl signed a reserve/future contract with the 49ers but didn’t make it to training camp, having been cut in the spring.

His next stop was with the Chargers, who claimed him off waivers, but he could not make their roster and instead began 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’s currently part of a crowded receiver room. Let’s dive into Proehl’s tape to see what it is the Giants’ brass seems to like that they took chances on the young receiver who played his college ball for North Carolina.

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

 


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