Hoosiers in the NFL: Week 14 results and notes for former IU football stars in the league

14 weeks of the 2020 NFL season are now complete for 14 former IU stars with teams in the league in some capacity.

Week 14 marked an NFL debut for one former Hoosier, more than three years after his last game with IU.

Take a look at how they all did with our quick recap of the Hoosiers in the NFL.

Tevin Coleman (RB) – San Francisco 49ers

Coleman played on 2 offensive snaps and 15 special teams snaps.  He did not register any statistics in a loss to Washington.

For the season Coleman has 23 rushes for 39 yards while playing in just 5 games.  He has added 3 catches for 34 yards.

Dan Feeney (OL) – Los Angeles Chargers

Feeney has started all 13 games and played 100 percent of the offensive snaps this year for Los Angeles.  He also played in 15 percent of the special teams snaps including 24 percent on Sunday.

The Chargers offense ran 26 times for 105 yards and allowed just 1 sack on 44 pass attempts in a win over Atlanta.

Jordan Howard (RB) – Philadelphia Eagles

Howard was back with the Eagles practice squad in week 14, carrying a protected status.

On the season Howard has 32 carries, 52 yards, and 4 TDs with Miami and Philadelphia

Brandon Knight (OL) – Dallas Cowboys

Knight earned his sixth start of the year as the Cowboys defeated Cincinnati.  Knight played on 100 percent of the offensive snaps, and 29 percent on special teams.

Dallas ran 25 times for 101 yards and allowed 2 sacks on 23 pass attempts.

On the season Knight is up to 60 percent of the offensive snaps and 12 percent on special teams for Dallas.

Wes Martin (OL) – Washington

Martin saw 1 snap with the Washington offense in week 14.  It was the fourth week in a row that he saw some limited action with the offense.

Martin also continued to play on special teams.

On the season Martin has played in 39 percent of the offensive snaps and 16 percent on special teams.

Rodger Saffold (OL) – Tennessee Titans

Saffold saw action in 68 percent of the offensive snaps and 20 percent on special teams as the Titans beat Jacksonville.  He left the game early but it was not clear whether that was due to injury or Tennessee’s big lead.

The Titan offense amassed 212 rushing yards on the day.

Saffold has now appeared in 142 NFL games with 139 starts.  He is the longest tenured Hoosier in the NFL.

Tegray Scales (LB) – Pittsburgh Steelers

What a journey for Scales after completing his IU career in 2017.

He went undrafted in 2018, was signed by the Rams, then the Colts, the Steelers, the Dallas Renegades of the XFL, the Buccaneers, and then again by the Steelers.  Scales never advanced beyond an NFL camp / practice squad until this week.

After a wave of injuries in the Steelers’ linebacker group, the 24 year old Scales was active on gameday for the first time.

Scales registered three special teams snaps on Sunday night in Buffalo.

Jason Spriggs (OL) – Chicago Bears

Spriggs saw limited special teams snaps for the second week in a row in a win over Houston.

On the season Spriggs has played on 8 percent of the offensive snaps and 4 percent on special teams.

Simon Stepaniak (OL) – Green Bay Packers

The Packers rookie was activated from injured reserve last week but was a gameday inactive on Sunday.

Stepaniak was still listed on the Packers’ injury report last week.  He tore his ACL preparing for the Gator Bowl.

Nate Sudfeld (QB) – Philadelphia Eagles

Sudfeld is on the active roster but has been inactive on game day for most of the season.

While there was some speculation that Sudfeld might be in uniform in connection with a QB change in Philadelphia, that didn’t play out in week 14.

Ian Thomas (TE) – Carolina Panthers

Thomas matched his season high with 3 catches against Denver for 20 yards.  Targeted 4 times, he played on 70 percent of the offensive snaps and 1 special teams play.

On the year Thomas has 16 catches for 117 yards and a score while playing on 65 percent of the offensive snaps.

Nick Westbrook-Ikhine (WR) – Tennessee Titans

Westbrook was active for week 13 and had a relatively significant role in the offense.  He was in on 19 offensive snaps and saw one target.  He also played on 48 percent of the special teams snaps.

He has played in 11 games this season for the Titans.

Westbrook has 2 catches for 14 yards on the season and a two-point conversion catch.  He has one start and has played on 15 percent of the offensive snaps and 31 percent of the special teams snaps overall.

PRACTICE SQUADS

Former long-snapper Dan Godsil is on the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad based on the most recent reports.

Linebacker Chris Covington signed with the Indianapolis Colts practice squad on Tuesday.

As mentioned above, Jordan Howard is on the Eagles practice squad.


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