Cyclones in the NFL

Cyclones in the NFL

The rosters around the NFL have been set as the season officially begins. Find out where former Iowa State players have ended up after weeks of camp

After weeks of training camp and an array of transactions, NFL rosters have been set as the season officially begins. Former Cyclones dot rosters across the league, but many are looking for work after recent cuts.

Find out where the former Iowa State players stand as the season begins.


    53-man rosters

  • Ahtyba Rubin, Defensive line — Cleveland Browns

    Rubin is likely to be a key part of the defensive line for the Browns as he enters his seventh season in the NFL. Selected in the 2008 NFL Draft by the Browns, Rubin has been a lifer and has said he hopes to retire with Cleveland. So far, so good as the versatile defensive lineman has drawn praise from Browns coach Mike Pettine.

  • A.J. Klein, Linebacker — Carolina Panthers

    Klein appears as a second-stringer at the strongside linebacker position on the Panthers' depth chart, but is expected to be a key contributor during his second season in the league. Last season, Klein was entering his first season after being a fifth-round selection by Carolina. He should be a big part of the team’s defense now and could start depending on the health of linebacker Chase Blackburn.

  • Kelechi Osemele, Offensive line — Baltimore Ravens

    Osemele will enter the 2014 season healthy after he appeared in only seven games last season because of a herniated disk. Playing at left guard, reports say Osemele impressed during training camp. Some have speculated that if Osemele — a former second-round selection by the Ravens — can stay healthy, he could turn into a Pro Bowl offensive lineman.

  • Leonard Johnson, Defensive back — Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Now entering his third NFL season after being signed as an undrafted free agent in 2012, Johnson appears in line to be the Buccaneers’ starting nickelback. If nothing else, Johnson will be a key part of the defensive back rotation. In his first two NFL season’s Johnson has started 14 of 32 games in which he has appeared in and has returned two of four interceptions for touchdowns.



  • Practice squads

  • Carter Bykowski, Offensive tackle — San Francisco 49ers

    Bykowski played all 72 offensive snaps in the 49ers' preseason finale and had the second-most overall during the pre-season. His practice squad eligibility may have eventually done him in. After being cut he apparently had several options but opted to stay in San Francisco.

  • Deon Broomfield, Defensive back — Buffalo Bills

    Broomfield enjoyed a strong camp with the Bills after signing with them as an undrafted free agent this spring and made it to the final cuts before being dropped. He quickly got the chance to sign with their 10-man practice squad.

  • Jeremiah George, Linebacker — New York Jets

    George had an up-and-down training camp and initially made the Jets’ 53-man roster when final cuts came. As August turned to September, though, the Jets made additional moves in advance of the season and George was ultimately cut. He cleared waivers and is now part of the team’s practice squad.

  • Josh Lenz, Wide receiver — Indianapolis Colts

    Lenz impressed during camp with the Colts, bringing in a touchdown reception during Week 3. He, like others, made it to the final cuts before the numbers game did him in. He quickly latched on to the Colts' practice squad after being cut.


  • Free agents

  • Tim Dobbins, Linebacker

    Dobbins initially made the Falcons’ 53-man roster when final cuts came, but days later was released when the team added another linebacker. The 2006 fifth-rounder was set to begin the season with his fourth team, but after battling injuries during camp, he’s a free agent instead.

  • Jake Knott, Linebacker

    Knott is on the search for a new team after the Eagles released him toward the end of camp. Already suspended four games for violating the league's performance enhancing substance policy during the off-season, Knott was hampered during camp with a hamstring injury.

  • Jake McDonough, Defensive end

    A late signing in July by the Redskins, McDonough had one tackle through the team’s first three pre-season games before the Redskins opted to cut him.

  • Jeremy Reeves, Defensive back

    Reeves was given ample playing time during camp as the Jets battled injuries to various defensive backs. He made it to the final cuts before being let go.

  • David Sims, Defensive back

    After a year away from football, he signed with the Colts in February before being cut following the team's third pre-season game. In the last two games, Sims recorded a total of six tackles.

  • Reggie Stephens, Offensive line

    Tight competition on the Ravens’ offensive line sent Stephens packing, but this time he isn’t headed for the practice squad. After spending last season there with the Ravens, he is instead looking for a new team.

  • Jansen Watson, Defensive back

    Watson signed with the Raiders as an undrafted free agent during the spring and appeared to be performing well early on in camp before leaving the team to contemplate his future in football. After eventually returning to camp, Watson didn’t appear in either box score and was cut from the roster.

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