How recent Hoosiers fared in NFL preseason openers #iufb

A handful of Hoosiers have experienced the next level of football over the last year, jumping from Bloomington to the big stage of NFL Sundays.

Or, in this case, Thursday and Friday.

With Week 1 of the NFL preseason nearly complete, it’s time to check in with six former IU football players who have graduated to the NFL since May 2014:

  • Cody Latimer, Denver Broncos: His rookie season last fall wasn’t what he — or Broncos fans — hoped for. Latimer, a second-round pick in 2014, appeared in eight games, making only two receptions for 23 yards with no touchdowns. Reflecting on last season’s disappointments, Latimer recently told reporters in Denver that he tried too hard to impress quarterback Peyton Manning and feared making mistakes. Now, he just wants to play. In Denver’s first preseason game on Friday, the former IU star was targeted five times and made four catches for 49 yards, including a long reception of 19 yards in a 22-20 win over Seattle.
  • Shane Wynn, Cleveland Browns: After signing as an undrafted free agent with Atlanta, Wynn’s stay with the Falcons was short. He was waived by Atlanta in mid June before the Cleveland Browns claimed him a day later. Now, Wynn is hoping to earn a job with his hometown team as a return man or backup receiver. In his first NFL preseason game, Wynn was targeted four times, making two catches for five yards in a 20-17 loss to Washington. He also returned two kicks for a total of 42 yards, including a long of 24. Wynn worked with three quarterbacks in the contest, catching one pass each between Connor Shaw and Thad Lewis. His lone target from Johnny Manziel went incomplete.
  • Bobby Richardson, New Orleans Saints: No team selected him during the seven rounds of the NFL Draft, but Richardson quickly inked a free agent deal with the Saints and has been with the organization since May. With defensive end Akiem Hicks out with an injury, Richardson started Thursday’s game at Baltimore and finished with four tackles, including one solo stop in a 30-27 loss.

The others: Former IU offensive lineman Collin Rahrig remains on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ roster after signing his most recent deal with the organization on June 17. He has appeared in both of Pittsburgh’s first two preseason games. … Atlanta Falcons’ third-round draft pick Tevin Coleman has been limited with a hamstring strain and was unavailable for the preseason opener against Tennessee. … Former Indiana tight end Ted Bolser took to Twitter this week to announce he is retiring due to injuries. The Arizona Cardinals reached an injury settlement and released Bolser on Aug. 6. Bolser was originally a seventh-round pick by the Washington Redskins in 2014.

4 comments

  1. Cody also made a very difficult catch in traffic for 20 or so yards that was called back for motion on another player. It didn’t count but it was pretty impressive.

  2. Also, Bear Tracy Porter sat out the Chgo. – Miami game with hamstring “issues.” Which I guess is 21st century sportspeak for “injury.”

  3. If you’ve ever had a ham string ‘issue’ you’d understand.

    It’s not quite that simple.

    Right now I’m having a hamstring issue (racquetball related). It’s not really an injury. It’s a tweaked hamstring that, on the one hand, feels like you can compete right now but, on the other hand, feels like it might blow at any second and leave you sidelined for 2 months.

    Like relationships, it’s complicated.

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