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Hoosiers in the NFL: Week 16 results and notes for former IU football stars in the league

Seven former IU football players made 53-man NFL rosters to open the 2022 season, and now 13 have been on an active roster at some point during the season.

Take a look at how they all did with our week 16 recap of the Hoosiers in the NFL.

Dan Feeney (OL) – New York Jets

Feeney was in his customary special teams only role in week 16.  He saw one special teams snaps in a loss to Jacksonville.

On the season, Feeney has one start with 54 offensive snaps (six percent) and 61 special teams snaps (15 percent).

For his six-year career, Feeney has played in 94 games with 63 starts.

Rodger Saffold (OL) – Buffalo Bills

Saffold started in a win over the Chicago Bears and played on 100 percent of the offensive snaps.  According to PFF, he graded last among the Bills starting offensive linemen.

Saffold has played on 98 percent of the offensive snaps this season while starting every game.

With 175 games played and 172 starts over 13 seasons, the 34-year-old remains the longest-tenured active Hoosier in the NFL.

Nick Westbrook-Ikhine (WR) – Tennessee Titans

Westbrook-Ikhine started for the third straight game and had two receptions on eight targets.  He gained 23 yards in a loss to Houston.

He played on 75 percent of the offensive snaps in week 16, and 21 percent of special teams.

On the season Westbrook-Ikhine has 24 catches for 393 yards and three touchdowns in 15 games with 12 starts.  He’s played on 77 percent of the offensive snaps  He is up to 65 grabs for 902 yards and seven touchdowns on his career.

Ian Thomas (TE) – Carolina Panthers

Thomas is in his fifth NFL season, all with Carolina.  He has played in 80 games with 45 starts.

In week 16 Thomas had one reception on three targets for 12 yards.  He played on 63 percent of the offensive snaps, and 41 percent of special teams.

A starter in each of the first 16 weeks, Thomas has 20 catches for 188 yards on the season.

He has 110 catches for 990 yards and four touchdowns for his career.

Nate Sudfeld (QB) – Detroit Lions

Sudfeld is in his seventh overall year in the league and first with Detroit.  He has appeared in one game this season.  Sudfeld did not play in week 16.

Sudfeld has now appeared in five games over his seven-year career.

Peyton Hendershot (TE) – Dallas Cowboys

After going undrafted, Hendershot made the Cowboys’ 53-man roster and has been active all season.

Hendershot had no targets on eight offensive snaps by Dallas in a win over the Eagles.  He also played on 17 special teams snaps.

Hendershot now has 11 catches for 103 yards on the season and two touchdowns.  He also has one rush for two yards and a score, and six total tackles.  He has played on 28 percent of the offensive snaps and 61 percent on special teams.

Micah McFadden (LB) – New York Giants

McFadden started his sixth game of the season and third straight.

He had eight tackles (three solo) on 53 percent of the Giants’ defensive snaps in a loss to Minnesota.

On the season McFadden has 27 solo and 47 total tackles (four for loss) with a sack, forced fumble and a QB hit.  He has played on 38 percent of the defensive snaps, and 25 percent of the special teams snaps.

Caleb Jones (OT) – Green Bay Packers

Jones signed with the Packers from their practice squad after week one and is now part of their roster.

The Packers placed Jones on the non-football illness list soon after he joined the roster. He didn’t dress for gameday since joining the roster due to the designation.

Jones revealed he had mononucleosis.  He is now back practicing with the team.

Jones was a gameday inactive for the second straight week.

Wes Martin (C) – Washington Commanders

Martin was called up from the practice squad in week two and played in two games in October.

Last week he was signed to the active roster.  He played on special teams in week 16.

Martin has played in 36 NFL games over his four-year NFL career.

Tevin Coleman (RB) – San Francisco 49ers

Coleman did not play in week 16.  He is on the 49ers’ practice squad.

Previously, he was called up again from the practice squad in week 14 and played on one special teams snap.  He also saw the field for four straight weeks after being called up earlier in the year.

Coleman has 12 carries for 26 yards on the season to go with three catches for 44 yards and a special teams tackle.

For his NFL career, Coleman has played in 93 games and amassed 4,636 total yards from scrimmage and scored 38 touchdowns.  He is one touchdown shy of Jordan Howard for the most combined rushing and receiving NFL scores by a former Hoosier.

Ryder Anderson (DE) – New York Giants

Anderson is signed with Giants active roster.  In week 16 he had two tackles while playing on 28 percent of both the defensive and special teams snaps.

On the season Anderson has played in five games with one start.  He has seven tackles (four solo) with two sacks.  He has played on 24 percent of the defensive snaps on the season.

Jordan Howard (RB) – New Orleans Saints

Howard was released from the Saints’ practice squad after being called up for two weeks.

He had his first and only carry of the season– for one yard — in a week ten loss to the Steelers.

For his now seven year NFL career, Howard has carried 1,019 times for 4,362 yards and 37 touchdowns.  He’s added 85 catches for 653 yards and two more scores.

Raheem Layne (S) – Los Angeles Chargers

After spending most of the season on the practice squad, Layne has now played in four late season games.  He recorded his first NFL tackle on Monday Night Football in Indianapolis, with an impressive solo stop on kickoff coverage.

Layne signed with the Chargers for the rest of the season.

He now his played on three defensive snaps and 26 on special teams, including this play:

Hoosiers on NFL practice squads who have not played in 2022:

  • Marcelino McCrary-Ball – LB (San Francisco)

Linebacker Tegray Scales was released from the Bengals’ practice squad.

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