​Nate Theaker, an offensive lineman out of Wayne State, has been released by ​the New England Patriots.

Theaker is a 24-year-old who went undrafted last season and bounced around the Saints and Cowboys practice squads before being cut by New Orleans on May 7 of this year. He was hoping against all odds to be able to make ​New England's roster.

Unfortunately, the 6-4, 315 pound tackle/guard suffered an injury which prevented him from even attempting to prove himself, and he was released with an injury settlement.

​​Theaker started 33 games in college and displayed his versatility, splitting time between right guard, left tackle, and right tackle.

Perhaps that ability to play multiple positions will help him get a chance with another team besides ​the Pats.

Or perhaps his short career may already be at an end.

This is the tough reality of the NFL. Everyone hears about the big stars, the millionaires who lock up long-term security and play out a glorious career.

But there are far more players who put everything on the line for a job and just don't make the cut. It doesn't matter if you were a four-year college starter, All-American, or whatever. The NFL is a huge leap up.

And it's tough to land the jump.