The 2019 NFL regular season has come to an end with several former IU players seeing action in the league.
In total, nine former Indiana University football players registered at least one snap during the 2019 NFL season and two more were with teams in some capacity.
Below is a summary of the status and performance of each player for the season.
TEVIN COLEMAN, RB, SAN FRANCISCO 49ers
Att – 137
Yards – 544
YPC – 4.0
TD – 6
Rec – 21
Rec Yards – 180
TD – 1
Notes: After leaving Atlanta for San Francisco, Coleman found himself in a challenging situation with two other running backs competing for carries. His season was highlighted by a four touchdown and 118 total yard performance against Carolina in October. Coleman is now up to 2,884 yards rushing during his five year career in the league. The 49ers are in the playoffs and have a first round bye.
CHRIS COVINGTON, LB, DALLAS COWBOYS
Games/Started – 3/0
Notes: Covington was called up from the practice squad for the final three games of the season. He saw extensive action on defense in a week 15 win over the Rams. Covington played on 37% of defensive snaps in that game. His role was largely limited to special teams over the last two weeks of the season. Covington completed his second season with Dallas.
DAN FEENEY, G, LOS ANGELES CHARGERS
Games/Started – 16/16
Notes: Feeney started every game for the Chargers for the second straight season. He played on 98% of their offensive snaps and was also a part of 17% of snaps on special teams. Feeney completed his third year in the NFL.
JORDAN HOWARD, RB, PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
Att – 119
Yards – 525
Avg – 4.4
TD – 6
Rec – 10
Rec Yards – 69
Rec TD – 1
Notes: After emerging as the starter in Philadelphia, Howard missed most of the second half of the season with a shoulder injury. He returned in week 17 but only appeared briefly. For his career Howard is up to 3,895 rushing yards and 30 touchdowns. He is No. 220 on the NFL’s all-time rushing yards list, immediately behind former Hoosier BenJarvus Green-Ellis. The Eagles will host Seattle in a first round playoff game on Sunday.
BRANDON KNIGHT, OL, DALLAS COWBOYS
Games /Started – 7 / 1
Knight got his first NFL start in October against the Jets and was on the game day roster on six other occasions. Overall he participated in 10% of offensive and special teams snaps.
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CODY LATIMER, WR, NEW YORK GIANTS
Games/Started – 15/10
Rec – 24
Yards – 300
Rec TD – 2
KO Returns – 24
KO Yards – 570
Notes: Latimer put up career best numbers in receptions, receiving yards and kickoff return yards in 2019 as he had a generally healthy season in his sixth year in the league.
WES MARTIN, G, WASHINGTON REDSKINS
Games/Started – 9/5
Martin took advantage of an opportunity during his rookie season and started the final three weeks in Washington to generally positive reviews. Over the last three weeks he played in 100% of the Redskins offensive snaps. For the season Martin played 31% of offensive snaps and 7% of special teams snaps.
RODGER SAFFOLD, OT, TENNESSEE TITANS
Games/Started – 16/16
Notes: The longest active tenured Hoosier in the NFL, Saffold completed year 10 in the league and his first with the Titans. He started every game for the playoff bound Titans, who finished third in the league in rushing yards per game. The Titans will play at New England on Saturday night in an NFL Wild Card contest.
NATE SUDFELD, QB, PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
Notes: Sudfeld did not see the field in 2019 but continues on the Eagles roster. The Eagles will host Seattle in a first round playoff game on Sunday, and the former IU QB could be called upon if anything were to happen to Carson Wentz.
IAN THOMAS, TE, CAROLINA PANTHERS
Games/Started – 16/3
Rec – 16
Yards – 136
TD – 1
Notes: After a quiet start to the season, Thomas played a larger role in the Panthers’ offense down the stretch, especially after starting tight end Greg Olsen suffered an injury. Starting in three games, Thomas’ season was highlighted by a 5 reception, 57 yard and 1 touchdown game in week 14 against Atlanta. For the season Thomas played on 27% of offensive snaps and 8% of special teams snaps.
Also With a Team:
- Jason Spriggs is on the Packers’ injured reserve.
Practice Squad Players:
- Robert McCray (Cleveland)
(All player photos credited to Pro Football Reference)
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