Michigan State football: Which Spartans were cut from 2023 NFL rosters?

Tuesday was cut day for NFL rosters and over a dozen Michigan State football players made teams. Unfortunately, there’s also the other side of the coin where some Spartans were cut.

Fourteen Spartans officially made 53-man NFL rosters to start the season which is a solid feat in itself. There are former MSU players littered across the NFL and a good chunk of them will be starting this season and having major impacts on their teams.

There are guys like Kirk Cousins, Jayden Reed, Kenneth Walker III, Jack Conklin, and Brian Allen who will all likely be starters this season.

On the flip side, a number of younger Spartans were fighting for spots on that 53-man roster and just missed the cut. A couple were even expected to make their teams.

Which former Michigan State players got cut?

I counted eight Spartans who got cut from rosters on Tuesday. I expect all of them to be signed to practice squads after strong preseasons.

  • Ben VanSumeren, LB, Eagles
  • Matt Sokol, TE, Patriots
  • Kendell Brooks, DB, Cardinals
  • Kevin Jarvis, OG, Bills
  • Raequan Williams, DL, Eagles
  • Jacob Slade, DT, Cardinals
  • Cody White, WR, Steelers
  • Josh Butler, CB, Cowboys

Even though these guys are cut, it feels like they all still have a shot to make it in the league.

Ben VanSumeren was a preseason hero for the Eagles and looked like he was headed for a surprise roster spot, but he’ll be on a practice squad and I wouldn’t be shocked if he got called up this season.

Matt Sokol was a great blocker for the Patriots in the preseason but they just didn’t have room for him. Kendell Brooks is a guy who I’d like to make a roster one day because he’s so solid and easy to root for. Kevin Jarvis nearly made the cut and Jacob Slade did, too. Raequan Williams is another easy guy to root for and so is Josh Butler who had a heck of a preseason. Cody White is someone I always thought would be a good pro so that’s a disappointment.

Don’t be surprised to see any of these guys playing on Sundays at some point this season.