Photo via Peyton Hendershot on Instagram

Hoosiers in the NFL: Week 3 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, an eighth was added following the first weekend, and a ninth was promoted from the practice squad for week two.

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

Dan Feeney (OL) – New York Jets

Feeney continued in his reserve role in week three.  The former IU All-American saw four special teams snaps in a loss against Cincinnati.  That’s been his role through all three weeks.  He has 12 total special teams snaps on the season.

For his six-year career, Feeney has played in 82 games with 62 starts.

Rodger Saffold (OL) – Buffalo Bills

Saffold played on every offensive snap (92) in a week three loss at Miami, and also two special teams snaps.

With 163 games played and 160 starts, the 34 year old remains the longest-tenured active Hoosier in the NFL.

Saffold has allowed eight quarterback pressures on the season according to PFF.  His grades at that outlet continue to be well below his career norms and among the lowest at the guard position in the NFL.

Nick Westbrook-Ikhine (WR) – Tennessee Titans

Now in year three of his career after going undrafted, Westbrook-Ikhine started in week three, his 11th NFL start.

He was targeted three times and all three resulted in receptions totaling 40 yards.  He also recorded a fumble recovery on a sack of quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

On the season Westbrook-Ikhine has five catches for 66 yards.  He’s up to 46 grabs for 575 yards and four touchdowns on his career.

Ian Thomas (TE) – Carolina Panthers

Thomas is in his fifth NFL season, all with Carolina.  He has played in 68 games with 33 starts.

A starter in each of the first three weeks, Thomas caught two passes on three targets for 13 yards on Sunday in a win over New Orleans.   He played on 62 percent of the offensive snaps and 41 percent of special teams.

On the season Thomas has five catches for 79 yards.  He’s up to 95 catches for 881 yards and four touchdowns on his career.

Nate Sudfeld (QB) – Detroit Lions

Sudfeld is in his seventh overall year in the league and first with Detroit.  He served as the backup quarterback in week three and did not see the field for the third straight Sunday.

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

Peyton Hendershot (TE) – Dallas Cowboys

After going undrafted, Hendershot made the Cowboys’ 53-man roster and played in his third straight game on Sunday.

It was a breakout week for the former IU star, as Hendershot caught the first three passes of his career for 43 yards in a Dallas win over the New York Giants.  He had this highlight reel moment as he hurdled a tackler on Monday Night Football:

He played on 59 percent of the offensive snaps and 17 special teams snaps.

Micah McFadden (LB) – New York Giants

McFadden’s role also increased in the same game, going up against Hendershot.

As a reserve linebacker, he played on 47 percent of the defensive snaps and 13 special teams snaps.  McFadden recorded three tackles in the game and now has four on the season.  He also recorded a quarterback pressure.

On the season McFadden has played on 26 percent of the defensive snaps, and 43 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 53-man roster.  He was a gameday inactive in week three.

Wes Martin (C) – Washington Commanders

Martin did not play in week three but he remains on the Commanders’ roster.  He was called up from the practice squad in week two and played in his 33rd NFL game last week.

Hoosiers on NFL Practice Squads:

  • Tegray Scales – LB (Cincinnati)
  • Ryder Anderson – DE (New York Giants)
  • Raheem Layne – S (Los Angeles Chargers)
  • Marcelino McCrary-Ball – LB (San Francisco)
  • Tevin Coleman – RB (San Francisco) — new this week

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