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IU Football: Nine Former Hoosiers Make NFL 53-Man Rosters

Saturday was the day that NFL teams were required to reduce their rosters down to 53 players.

Of course that means that several former Indiana football players were impacted, both positively and negatively.

Below is a recap of the former Hoosiers on 53-man NFL rosters, and those looking for their next opportunity in the league.

ON NFL 53-MAN ROSTERS

Tevin Coleman (49ers):  Coleman will begin his fifth year in the league and first in San Francisco.  Coleman ended up with career highs in carries, yards and yards per carry 2018.  He finished 22nd in the NFL in rushing yards and compiled his first ever 1,000 all-purpose yard season.

Dan Feeney (Chargers):  The former All-American lineman will enter his third season with the Chargers.  He played center at times in the preseason and may end up there during the season.

Jordan Howard (Eagles):  Howard will play his first season in Philadelphia and fourth in the NFL.  He finished 14th in the NFL in rushing yards and tied his career high for rushing touchdowns in 2018.  Howard now has over 3,300 yards for his career.

Brandon Knight (Cowboys):  Perhaps the surprise of this group, Knight impressed in the preseason and has the positional flexibility to see playing time this year.

Cody Latimer (Giants):  The former Hoosier wideout enters year six in the NFL and his second in New York.  He should have an early opportunity to put up numbers as the Giants deal with injuries and suspensions at wide receiver.

Wes Martin (Redskins):  A fourth round selection by Washington in the 2019 NFL Draft, Martin battled for a starting job in training camp.  It appears he won’t start but Martin has impressed and has a clear role on this team.

Rodger Saffold (Titans):  The longest tenured active Hoosier in the NFL, Saffold begins his tenth year in the league and his first in Tennessee.

Nate Sudfeld (Eagles):  Although he suffered a non-throwing arm broken wrist, Sudfeld appears to be the backup in Philadelphia when he returns in a few weeks.

Ian Thomas (Panthers):  Many are expecting a big second season for Thomas in Carolina after a productive rookie campaign in 2018.

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LOOKING FOR NEXT OPPORTUNITY

Simmie Cobbs:  The former Hoosier receiver was a victim of the final cut in New Orleans.  He spent time on practice squads in Washington and New Orleans last year and could do that again in 2019.

Chris Covington:  Struggles with a shoulder injury may have cost Covington at training camp.  He is a promising young talent that could end up on a practice squad.

Jonathan Crawford:  The former Hoosier safety was invited to the NFL combine and got a look with Titans before being let go in early August.

Dan Godsil:  The long snapper was let go by the Bengals in the final cuts.  He would appear to be near the top of the list if an NFL team suffers an injury at the long snapper position.

Rob McCray:  He spent last year with the Chiefs while dealing with an injury.  McCray could return to the Chiefs practice squad in 2019.

Tegray Scales:  The former Hoosier linebacker got a long look in Pittsburgh before being let go in the final cuts.  Scales could end up on their practice squad.

Jason Spriggs:  After spending three years with the Packers the former Hoosier tackle was release during training camp.  He has struggled with injuries throughout his career.  Spriggs is technically still on the Green Bay injured reserve but is expected to be fully released.


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