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Hoosiers in the NFL: Week 6 results and notes for former IU football stars in the league

The number of former IU football players with NFL teams continues to grow by the week.

Over the past week, one player made his NFL debut, and another joined a practice squad.

Seven former IU football players made 53-man NFL rosters to open the 2022 season, and now 11 have been on an active roster at some point during the season.

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

Dan Feeney (OL) – New York Jets

Feeney has played in all six games this year, but continued in his reserve role in week six.  The former IU All-American saw six special teams snaps in a win over Green Bay.  That’s been his role throughout the season thus far.  He has 28 total special teams snaps on the season, presumably all on field goals and extra points.

For his six-year career, Feeney has played in 85 games with 62 starts.

Rodger Saffold (OL) – Buffalo Bills

Saffold played on 100 percent of the offensive snaps (73) in a week six win over Kansas City.

With 166 games played and 163 starts, the 34-year-old remains the longest-tenured active Hoosier in the NFL.

Saffold continues to grade poorly this season according to PFF.  On Sunday it was his pass blocking that suffered as Saffold allowed three pressures.

Nick Westbrook-Ikhine (WR) – Tennessee Titans

Tennessee did not play in week six.

On the season Westbrook-Ikhine has seven catches for 138 yards in five games with four starts.  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 71 games with 36 starts.

A starter in each of the first six weeks, Thomas caught two passes on two targets for 22 yards on Sunday in a loss to the LA Rams.   He played on 52 percent of the offensive snaps and 38 percent of special teams.

On the season Thomas has 10 catches for 115 yards.  He reached a milestone with now 100 catches for 917 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 six and did not see the field for the sixth 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 sixth straight game on Sunday.

The rookie’s role continues to fluctuate from week to week.  In a Sunday loss to Philadelphia, Hendershot saw action on 41 (61 percent) of the offensive snaps, and an additional 12 special teams snaps.  He caught two passes for 22 yards.

Hendershot now has five catches for 65 yards on the season.  He has played on 34 percent of the offensive snaps and 60 percent special teams snaps.

Micah McFadden (LB) – New York Giants

After starting in week four, McFadden was back in a reserve role for the second straight week and didn’t see any defensive snaps against Baltimore.  He did play on 11 special teams snaps.

On the season McFadden has seven solo tackles and three assists.  He has played on 21 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 two weeks ago, 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 appears to be back on the Commanders’ practice squad now.

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, Coleman saw the field for the third straight week Sunday.

Coleman ran four times for three yards, and added a tackle after an interception.  He played on 20 percent (12) of the offensive snaps.

For his NFL career, Coleman has played in 92 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 (pictured above) was called up from the Giants’ practice squad and made his NFL debut on Sunday, becoming the second former Hoosiers to play for New York’s defense this season along with McFadden.

Anderson played on five snaps and did not register any statistics.

Hoosiers on NFL Practice Squads:

  • Jordan HowardRB (New Orleans) — new this week
  • Tegray Scales – LB (Cincinnati)
  • Raheem Layne – S (Los Angeles Chargers)
  • Marcelino McCrary-Ball – LB (San Francisco)

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