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Former Weber State Standout Rashid Shaheed Scores On First Touch In NFL

Oct 16, 2022, 12:03 PM | Updated: 1:22 pm

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Rashid Shaheed #89 of the New Orleans Saints runs with the ball during the first half against the Cincinnati Bengals at Caesars Superdome on October 16, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – Former Weber State wide receiver Rashid Shaheed scored a touchdown on his first touch as an NFL player for the New Orleans Saints.

The Saints hosted the Cincinnati Bengals at Caesars Superdome on Sunday, October 16.

With 13:39 remaining in the first half, Shaheed took a handoff and ran up the field for 44 yards and into the end zone for six points. Shaheed’s score gave the Saints a 14-7 lead.

It was Shaheed’s first touch as a player in the NFL. The former Weber State standout was elevated to the Saints’ active roster from their practice squad a day earlier.

Shaheed’s score capped a five-play, 75-yard drive that took 2:06.

New Orleans’ game against Cincinnati is televised on CBS.

About Rashid Shaheed

Shaheed signed with the Saints on April 30 after going undrafted in the 2022 NFL Draft.

The former Wildcat reportedly received one of the top contracts for an undrafted player this season.

According to Joel Erickson of the Indianapolis Star, Shaheed signed a deal with the Saints that included the sixth-highest amount of guaranteed money for a UDFA signing in 2022.

FCS Analyst Sam Herder reported that Shaheed’s contract featured a guaranteed base salary of $207,000 and a signing bonus of $15,000.

The San Diego, CA native finished his Weber State career as the FCS all-time leader in kickoff return touchdowns (seven).

In 53 games with the Wildcats, Shaheed set the Weber State all-time record for kickoff return average at 29.1 yards per return.

As a senior, Shaheed was named an FCS First Team All-American as both a kick returner and punt returner.

Shaheed is the only Weber State Wildcat to be named as an All-American four different times.

Kyle Ireland is a Locals in the NFL Insider for KSLSports.com and co-host of the Yards After College Podcast. Follow him on Twitter (@kyleireland) and Instagram (@kyleirelandksl).

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