Because it never hurts to take a look at a 6-2 rookie with 4.4 speed who had a knack for catching touchdown passes at a small college.
Originally undrafted out of NCAA Division III Dubuque (Iowa), Rutenbeck signed with the Washington Redskins but was released 11 days later on May 18.
Rutenbeck, 6-2 and 186, played four years in college and had 163 catches for 2,715 yards and a school-record 42 touchdowns. He ranks third in school history in receiving yards and fourth in receptions.
As a senior, Rutenbeck caught 66 passes for 918 yards and 11 touchdowns en route to garnering First Team All-Iowa Conference honors. In 2013, he registered 68 receptions for 1,269 yards and led Division III with 22 receiving touchdowns. Rutenbeck earned numerous honors including First Team All-Iowa Conference, First Team Associated Press Little All-America (D2-D3-NAIA), AFCA Division III All-America and D3football.com All-America honors. He had a team-high nine touchdowns as a sophomore after catching 28 passes for 520 yards.
Even if he’s a project, the Colts could eventually add him to the practice squad, presuming he doesn’t make the final preseason roster.
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