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 five games this year, but continued in his reserve role in week five. The former IU All-American saw six special teams snaps in a win over Miami. That’s been his role throughout the season thus far. He has 22 total special teams snaps on the season.
For his six-year career, Feeney has played in 84 games with 62 starts.
Rodger Saffold (OL) – Buffalo Bills
Saffold played on 86 percent of the offensive snaps (48) in a week five win over Pittsburgh.
With 165 games played and 162 starts, the 34-year-old remains the longest-tenured active Hoosier in the NFL.
Saffold continues to grade poorly this season according to PFF, with his run blocking particularly suspect. That was the case again on Sunday.
Nick Westbrook-Ikhine (WR) – Tennessee Titans
Westbrook-Ikhine had his biggest day of the season thus far from a yardage standpoint, with 72 yards on two catches (three targets). Most of that yardage came on this catch:
Mike Vrabel on the Tannehill's 61-yard pass to Nick Westbrook-Ikhine:
“I thought Ryan wanted to go to [No. 85, TE] Chig [Okonkwo]. They came off, Ryan climbed the pocket which was great, and Nick did what we need to do more of, is go up and make a play on the football." pic.twitter.com/SgFLh9iAKh
— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) October 10, 2022
He started against Washington and played on 92 percent of the offensive snaps.
On the season Westbrook-Ikhine has seven catches for 138 yards. He’s up to 48 grabs for 647 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 70 games with 35 starts.
A starter in each of the first five weeks, Thomas caught two passes on two targets for eight yards on Sunday in a loss against San Francisco. He played on just 39 percent of the offensive snaps and 39 percent of special teams.
On the season Thomas has eight catches for 93 yards. He’s up to 98 catches for 895 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 five and did not see the field for the fifth 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 fifth straight game on Sunday.
The rookie’s role continues to fluctuate from week to week. In a Sunday win over the Rams, Hendershot saw action on 37 (67 percent) of the offensive snaps, and an additional 17 special teams snaps. He did not register any stats in the game.
Hendershot has three catches for 43 yards on the season. He has played on 28 percent of the offensive snaps and 61 percent special teams snaps.
Micah McFadden (LB) – New York Giants
After starting last week, McFadden was back in a reserve role but still managed to assist on two tackles in just four snaps as part of the Giants upset win over Green Bay.
On the season McFadden has seven solo tackles and three assists. He has played on 25 percent of the defensive snaps, and 45 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 last week, and he did not play this week. He hasn’t dressed for gameday yet since joining the roster.
Wes Martin (C) – Washington Commanders
Martin was called up from the practice squad in week two and played in two games this season. He did not see the field in week five but still appears on the Commanders’ roster.
Martin has played in 34 NFL games over his four-year NFL career.
Tevin Coleman (RB) – San Francisco 49ers
After getting called up from the practice squad last week and seeing the field for one play, Coleman showed he still had it on Sunday.
Coleman ran eight times for 23 yards, and he added three receptions for 44 yards. He scored two touchdowns on the day and made this highlight reel catch:
WHAT A PLAY BY JIMMY GAROPPOLO AND TEVIN COLEMAN 😱pic.twitter.com/5q1hMOvIYL
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) October 9, 2022
For his NFL career, Coleman has played in 91 games and amassed 4,633 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.
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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