Four Indiana players from last year’s New Era Pinstripe Bowl team have survived this weekend’s final cuts for their NFL teams.
Yesterday teams went through the difficult task of trimming down to the mandated 53 players.
Alphabetical rundown of the four players:
Jordan Howard (RB/Chicago Bears) — no surprise here for the fifth-round draft choice who signed a $2.6 million deal over four years last spring. Howard flashed his potential in the Bears final preseason game last week, running for 107 yards on 16 carries.
Darius Latham (DT/Oakland Raiders) - a surprise in that Latham was an undrafted free agent but his play the last few weeks had him as a likely survivor by local media. Don’t be surprised if Latham is part of the main rotation on the Raider defensive line.
Jason Spriggs (OT/Green Bay Packers) - he was secure as a second round pick and drew praise right off the bat with a good outing in the Green Bay’s first preseason game. Spriggs is part of a deep line. Deep enough that the Packers released three-time pro bowler Josh Sitton in a surprise move this weekend. Been some speculation that Bryan Bulaga would move to Sitton’s spot with Spriggs taking Bulaga’s right tackle starting spot.
Nate Sudfeld (QB/Washington Redskins) - for Sudfeld it was always a question of whether the Redskins would decide to keep a third quarterback behind Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy. Yesterday Washington decided to go lighter in the backfield at the RB position (Mack Brown released) and not delegate Sudfeld to the practice squad where he could have been grabbed by another team.
Other final cut news
Stephen Houston - the former IU running back was among the final cuts this weekend with the Baltimore Ravens. Houston was undrafted after finishing his Indiana career and spent time in camps with the Steelers and Patriots before working with the Indiana basketball team alongside Lyonel Anderson, the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach. The Ravens added Houston in early August when the team was down to just two healthy running backs. Houston is a strong candidate to make the practice squad for the Ravens, who cut Justin Forsett, the team's starting running back the previous two seasons.
Andrew McDonald - waived yesterday by the Houston Texans. The offensive tackle has been on several teams but mostly as a practice squad player after going undrafted out of IU in 2012.
Collin Rahrig - the offensive guard was released yesterday by the Atlanta Falcons. Rahrig came to IU as a walk-on and later started at both center and guard.
Tre Roberson - former Hoosier quarterback who later led Illinois State to the FCS title game was among the final cuts as a cornerback for the Minnesota Vikings. The good news is he had a good camp and may be headed to the Vikings’ practice squad.
Chigbo Anunoby - the older brother of IU basketball player OG Anunoby was released by the Cleveland Browns. The 27-year old nose tackle who played at Morehouse has bounced around several teams since 2012 as mainly a practice squad player. Anunoby plans to go to medical school when his NFL career is over.
Zach Sudfeld - despite a productive preseason that included catching a touchdown in the preseason game against his brother Nate, the Jets released the tight end this weekend. Might be a candidate to be grabbed by another team via waiver. The Nevada grad has seen real game time over the last three seasons.
Michael Hunter - the cornerback who left Indiana to play a year as a grad transfer at Oklahoma State, Hunter was part of the final cuts made by the New York Giants. Hunter had a couple tackles in the Giants final preseason game against New England.