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Hoosiers in the NFL: Week 4 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, a ninth was promoted from the practice squad for week two, and a tenth was promoted for week four.

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

Dan Feeney (OL) – New York Jets

Feeney has played in all four games this year, but continued in his reserve role in week four.  The former IU All-American saw four special teams snaps in a win over Pittsburgh.  That’s been his role through all four weeks.  He has 16 total special teams snaps on the season.

For his six-year career, Feeney has played in 83 games with 62 starts.

Rodger Saffold (OL) – Buffalo Bills

Saffold played on every offensive snap (64) in a week four win at Baltimore.

With 164 games played and 161 starts, the 34-year-old remains the longest-tenured active Hoosier in the NFL.

After some rough early outings from a PFF grades standpoint, Saffold had an impressive 83.4 pass blocking grade fueled by no pressures allowed in week four.

Nick Westbrook-Ikhine (WR) – Tennessee Titans

Now in year three of his career after going undrafted, Westbrook-Ikhine was back in Indiana on Sunday as Tennessee faced the Colts in Indianapolis.

Although he was in on 65 percent of the offensive snaps, Westbrook-Ikhine was never targeted.

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 69 games with 34 starts.

A starter in each of the first four weeks, Thomas caught one pass on three targets for six yards on Sunday in a loss against Arizona.   He played on just 29 percent of the offensive snaps and 57 percent of special teams.

On the season Thomas has six catches for 85 yards.  He’s up to 96 catches for 887 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 four and did not see the field for the fourth 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 fourth straight game on Sunday.

It was back to a less significant role after a breakout week for the former IU star.  Hendershot played on four offensive snaps and 17 on special teams.  He did not see a pass target but recorded a special teams tackle.

Hendershot has three catches for 43 yards on the season.  He has played on 20 percent of the offensive snaps and 62 percent special teams snaps.

Micah McFadden (LB) – New York Giants

McFadden made his first NFL start on Sunday.

He played on 44 percent of the defensive snaps and 47 special teams snaps.  McFadden recorded a career-high four tackles in the game and now has eight on the season.  He was credited with a quarterback hurry in the win over Chicago, but also missed a tackle according to PFF.

On the season McFadden has played on 30 percent of the defensive snaps, and 44 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.

The Packers placed Jones on the non-football illness list on Saturday, and he did not play this week.  He hasn’t dressed for gameday yet since joining the roster.

Jones, a rookie undrafted free agent, missed all three days of practice this week an unspecified illness.

Wes Martin (C) – Washington Commanders

Martin was called up from the practice squad in week two and played in his second game of the season in week four.

He saw two special teams snaps.

His participation marked Martin’s 34th NFL game over his four-year NFL career.

Tevin Coleman (RB) – San Francisco 49ers

Coleman was the latest former Hoosier to make his season-debut when he was called up from the practice squad for Monday Night Football.

It wasn’t much, as the now eighth-year NFL veteran saw just one snap and recorded no stats.

For his NFL career, Coleman has played in 90 games and amassed 4,566 total yards from scrimmage.

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)

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