The road to the NFL ended Saturday for two former East High football players.
Caleb Holley, Alaska’s top receiver in 2009, and Eathyn Manumaleuna, Alaska’s lineman of the year in 2005, were among the players cut on the day NFL teams had to trim their final rosters to 53 players.
The Buffalo Bills released Holly, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound wide receiver, and the New England Patriots released Manumaleuna, a 6-2, 305 defensive lineman.
Holley played at East Central University in Oklahoma, where as a senior year last season he posted a school-record 970 receiving yards on 55 catches.
Holley, who signed with the Bills as an undrafted free agent, was one of nine receivers on the Buffalo roster at the start of the preseason.
Manumaleuna, who left Alaska after his junior year of high school, played college football at BYU.
Undrafted after college, he signed with the New York Giants in June and was released in July. The Patriots picked him up after that.
Both men have a chance at making the practice squads for their respective teams.
Two players from Alaska will compete in the NFL this season — Bartlett High graduate Zack Bowman is a defensive back with the Giants and North Pole grad Darryn Colledge is an offensive lineman with the Miami Dolphins.