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Hoosiers in the NFL: Week 8 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 week eight recap of the Hoosiers in the NFL.

Dan Feeney (OL) – New York Jets

Feeney has played in all eight games this year, but continued in his reserve role in week eight.  The former IU All-American saw four special teams snaps in a loss to New England.  That’s been his role throughout the season thus far.  He has played on 36 total special teams snaps on the season, presumably all on field goals and extra points.

For his six-year career, Feeney has played in 87 games with 62 starts.

Rodger Saffold (OL) – Buffalo Bills

Saffold started in a win over Green Bay and played on 98 percent of the offensive snaps.  It was his best overall game this season according to his PFF grades.

Saffold has played on 96 percent of the offensive snaps this season while starting every game.

With 167 games played and 164 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 74 percent of the offensive snaps in week seven.  He was not targeted in the game.  He also saw three special teams snaps.

On the season Westbrook-Ikhine has seven catches for 138 yards in seven games with six starts.  He’s played on 71 percent of the offensive snaps  He is 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 73 games with 37 starts.

A starter in each of the first eight weeks, Thomas caught one pass on one target for two yards on Sunday in a loss to Atlanta.   He played on 55 percent of the offensive snaps and 37 percent of special teams.

On the season Thomas has 12 catches for 120 yards.  He has 102 catches for 922 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 eight and did not see the field for the eighth 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 eighth straight game on Sunday.

Hendershot saw action on 21 (36 percent) of the offensive snaps, and an additional 14 special teams snaps.  He caught two passes for 15 yards on two targets and added a tackle on special teams.

Hendershot now has nine catches for 85 yards on the season and a touchdown.  He has played on 34 percent of the offensive snaps and 59 percent special teams snaps.

Micah McFadden (LB) – New York Giants

McFadden took advantage of an opportunity on Sunday in a loss to Seattle.  The rookie linebacker played on 27 defensive snaps and recorded four tackles including his first career sack.  He also played on 11 special teams snaps.

He was the 15th highest graded of all rookies in the NFL in week eight according to PFF.

On the season McFadden has started one game and has 10 solo tackles and four 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 four weeks ago, and he did not play this week.  He hasn’t dressed for gameday 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 four straight weeks.  In week eight he was back with the practice squad.

Coleman has 12 carries for 26 yards on the season to go with three catches for 44 yards and a special teams tackle.

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 was not elevated from the practice squad for week eight.  He had been called up for game day the two prior weeks.

The undrafted defensive end recorded his first NFL tackle in a win over Jacksonville in week seven.  He has played on 11 total defensive snaps.

Hoosiers on NFL practice squads who have not played in 2022:

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

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