SUNDAY MORNING UPDATE: McNutt signed with the Eagles’ practice squad Saturday. Julian Vandervelde was claimed off waivers from the Eagles by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, so he’s on an active roster for the second year.
This may be a hard pill for many Iowa Hawkeyes fans to swallow.
Marvin McNutt, perhaps the most-prominent wide receiver in Hawkeye annals, failed to make the Philadelphia Eagles’ roster.
It was a jolt back in April when McNutt lasted until the sixth round of the NFL draft. And apparently, he didn’t do much in the Eagles’ training camp to distinguish himself as a player who could make an impact in the league.
McNutt’s career is far from necessarily being over, of course. He could get signed to the Eagles’ practice squad. Or another team could swoop in and sign him to a roster spot or a place on a practice squad. With a foot in the door this year, who knows after that? Many an NFL veteran began as a practice squad player.
But it’s a tough road to hoe, as former Hawkeye defensive lineman Matt Kroul can attest.
In 2009, Kroul was on the New York Jets’ practice squad, signing two days after being one of the Jets’ final cuts. He played in six games for the Jets in 2010. He was converted to an offensive lineman prior to last season. He got cut late in training camp, was signed to the practice squad, got cut again in late October, and got re-signed six days later.
He was cut again Friday.
McNutt’s release means there are no former Iowa wide receivers in the NFL. There is one former Hawkeyes quarterback (Ricky Stanzi of Kansas City) and one former Hawkeye running back (Shonn Greene).
I believe the only Iowa wide receiver who played for Kirk Ferentz and then caught a pass in the NFL was Kevin Kasper, who played in 39 games over six seasons with five teams. Kahlil Hill got in one game for the Atlanta Falcons in 2002.
More cuts are coming this weekend. But players frm Iowa who got some great news was safety Jordan Bernstine, a seventh-round pick of the Washington Redskins four months ago, and fifth-round 2012 pick Adam Gettis.
Bernstine, according to this Washington Post blog post, has been told he has made Washington’s roster.
Good for Bernstine. He had a hard climb, with an injury-racked college career.
“I feel great,” Bernstine told Washington’s ESPN Radio 980.
UPDATE: Second-year Eagles offensive lineman Julian Vandervelde thought he had good news on Friday. He tweeted this Friday afternoon:
But later Friday, the Eagles made a trade with the Cleveland Browns to get former Iowa State safety David Sims. And Vandervelde was released.
To which he tweeted late Friday night:
UPDATE: Punter Ryan Donahue of Iowa was cut by the Detroit Lions Friday.
UPDATE: The Houston Texans cut defensive tackle Mitch King and the New England Patriots cut linebacker Jeff Tarpinian, both of Iowa.
UPDATE: Tight end Allen Reisner appears to have made the Minnesota Vikings, likewise offensive lineman Seth Olsen with the Indianapolis Colts. Offensive lineman Rob Bruggeman was waived by the Kansas City Chiefs. Offensive lineman (defensive lineman when at Iowa) Bryan Mattison was cut by the St. Louis Rams.