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Micah McFadden makes Giants 53-man roster, several former Hoosiers not so fortunate

Micah McFadden capped off an impressive month by earning a spot on the New York Giants 53-man roster.

The inside linebacker put together a strong preseason. According to PFF he earned an 81.9 overall grade across the three games, 10th best among NFL rookies. His final marks on the preseason included 77.4 run defense, 78.3 pass rush, 82.8 tackling and 67.0 coverage grades. His 13 total tackles was among the team’s preseason leaders.

McFadden played 101 total snaps across the three preseason games. He picked up four total pressures on 22 pass rush snaps and added three run stops.

After being drafted in the fifth round, McFadden is one of 25 defenders on the Giants and six inside linebackers.

The Tampa, Fla. product finished his IU career with 216 tackles, 149 solo, 14 sacks (94 yards), 37 for loss (169 yards), four interceptions, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and four pass breakups. His 37 TFLs share sixth in program history. He decided to forego his final year of college eligibility to enter the draft.

The 6-foot-1 and 240-pound McFadden has come a long way since Tom Allen recruited him out of Plant High School. According to the 247Sports Composite, he was the 1,986 ranked player in the 2018 class, the No. 139 outside linebacker, and the No. 316 player just in the state of Florida. He was the lowest rated scholarship player in Indiana’s 2018 class.

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Earlier in the day we reported the news tight end Peyton Hendershot had gone from undrafted to the Dallas Cowboys 53-man roster.

Hendershot joins McFadden on a 53-man NFL roster, along with four others who were widely expected to make it — Rodger Saffold (Buffalo), Nick Westbrook-Ikhine (Tennessee), Ian Thomas (Carolina), and Dan Feeney (New York Jets).

Saffold has been in the league since 2010 and is the longest tenured former Hoosier in the NFL.

The news wasn’t so good for 12 former IU stars, including Tevin Coleman, who has been in the league since 2015, and Nate Sudfeld, whose pro career began in 2016.

The following were let go either today or earlier in the month:

  • Tegray Scales, LB – Cincinnati (update:  Scales made the Bengals practice squad)
  • Ty Fryfogle, WR – Dallas
  • Jamar Johnson, S – Denver
  • Stevie Scott, RB – Denver
  • Caleb Jones, OL – Green Bay (update:  Jones made the Packers practice squad)
  • Jason Spriggs, OL – Indianapolis
  • Wes Martin, OL – Washington
  • Ryder Anderson, DL – New York Giants (update:  Anderson made the Giants practice squad)
  • Raheem Layne, S – Los Angeles Chargers (update:  Layne made the Chargers practice squad)
  • Marcelino McCrary-Ball, LB – San Francisco (update:  McCrary-Ball made the 49ers practice squad)
  • Nate Sudfeld, QB – San Francisco (update:  Sudfeld signed with Detroit)
  • Tevin Coleman, RB – New York Jets

Several of the cut players could end up on NFL practice squads.


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