Hoosiers in the NFL: Week 7 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 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 seven games this year, but continued in his reserve role in week seven.  The former IU All-American saw four special teams snaps in a win over Denver.  That’s been his role throughout the season thus far.  He has 32 total special teams snaps on the season, presumably all on field goals and extra points.

For his six-year career, Feeney has played in 86 games with 62 starts.

Rodger Saffold (OL) – Buffalo Bills

Buffalo was on bye in week seven.  Saffold has played on 95 percent of the offensive snaps this season while starting every game.

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

Nick Westbrook-Ikhine (WR) – Tennessee Titans

Westbrook-Ikhine started and played on 76 percent of the offensive snaps in week seven.  He was targeted twice but had no receptions.

On the season Westbrook-Ikhine has seven catches for 138 yards in six games with five 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 72 games with 37 starts.

A starter in each of the first seven weeks, Thomas caught one pass on one target for three yards on Sunday in a win over Tampa.   He played on 62 percent of the offensive snaps and 33 percent of special teams.

On the season Thomas has 11 catches for 118 yards.  He has 101 catches for 920 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 seven and did not see the field for the seventh 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 seventh straight game on Sunday.

In a win over Detroit he scored his first NFL touchdown:

Hendershot saw action on 19 (30 percent) of the offensive snaps, and an additional 15 special teams snaps.  He caught two passes for five yards on two targets.

Hendershot now has seven catches for 70 yards on the season and the score.  He has played on 34 percent of the offensive snaps and 61 percent special teams snaps.

Micah McFadden (LB) – New York Giants

McFadden didn’t see any defensive snaps against Jacksonville.  He did play on 11 special teams snaps.

On the season McFadden has started one game and has seven solo tackles and three assists.  He has played on 18 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 three 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 fourth straight week Sunday.  He played on one special teams snap.

Coleman was released on Tuesday, and then signed back to the 49ers practice squad on Wednesday.

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 played for the second straight week after being called up from the Giants practice squad.

The undrafted defensive end recorded his first NFL tackle in a win over Jacksonville on Sunday.  He played on six snaps.

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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