Yurachek, Wellman sign 2019 future deals

January 2, 2019

HUNTINGTON — A pair of former tight end and H-backs-turned-fullbacks got some good news to end their 2018 year.

That news bodes well for their NFL futures in 2019.

Former Marshall tight end Ryan Yurachek and former Spring Valley and West Virginia University H-back/fullback Elijah Wellman each agreed to reserve/future contracts on Monday.

Yurachek’s deal keeps him with the Oakland Raiders, a team in which he spent the entire 2018 season on the practice squad.

The Raiders brought Yurachek in during the summer prior to 2018 training camp and he impressed the coaching staff, performing well in preseason games before using the regular season to continue to make the transition from tight end, which he played at Marshall, to fullback.

Wellman signed again with the Washington Redskins, whom he has signed with as an undrafted free agent in 2018.

However, an injury in a preseason game led to Wellman being released with an injury settlement on Aug. 21 by Washington.

The team decided in recent days to bring him back and wallow him to work his way back into the mix in the offseason while attempting to solidify a 2019 spot with the Redskins.

One of Wellman’s biggest upsides is that his experience as a physical presence also could help him land a role on various special teams units as well.

Yurachek played at Marshall from 2014-17 and caught 143 passes for 1,354 yards and 26 touchdowns as a tight end.

Wellman also played at West Virginia from 2014-17 and was used primarily as a lead blocker for the Mountaineers’ rushing attack.

During his time, he rushed the ball 35 times for 137 yards with one touchdown while catching 16 passes for 71 yards and three touchdowns.

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