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Pro Hoosiers: Ten former IU football players with NFL teams after final roster cuts

Saturday was NFL roster cut down day as every team in the league was required to have a 53-man roster by 4 p.m. ET.

The IU football program has nine players that graduated from the school on active rosters around the league, and one more on the reserve list.

Here is the updated status of Hoosiers in the NFL after the latest roster moves.

The 2020 season is set to kick off on Thursday night when Houston faces Kansas City.


Tevin Coleman (RB) – San Francisco 49ers

Coleman enters his sixth year in the league and his second with San Francisco.  He will once again compete for carries in a crowded backfield.

Dan Feeney (OL) – Los Angeles Chargers

Feeney has started every game over the last two years.  He enters year four with the Chargers expecting to continue that streak.  Feeney might spend time at center in 2020.

Jordan Howard (RB) – Miami Dolphins

Howard signed with Miami during the offseason and will spend his fifth NFL season in south Florida.

Brandon Knight (OL) – Dallas Cowboys

Knight will look to build on his first season in Dallas as he tries to solidify a consistent spot on the 53-man roster.

Wes Martin (OL) – Washington

Martin got some opportunities in his rookie season in Washington and will look to crack the starting lineup in year two.

Rodger Saffold (OL) – Tennessee Titans

Saffold is IU’s longest tenured active NFL player.  He enters year 11 in the NFL and his second season with the Titans.

Jason Spriggs (OL) – Chicago Bears

After some challenging years in Green Bay, Spriggs has a fresh start in Chicago in his fifth NFL season.

Nate Sudfeld (QB) – Philadelphia Eagles

Indiana’s all-time passing yards and touchdowns leader enters his fifth season in the league.  He will compete for the backup role in Philadelphia.

Ian Thomas (TE) – Carolina Panthers

With Greg Olsen gone, Thomas has a chance to become the Panthers’ featured tight end as he enters year three in the league.


Simon Stepaniak (OL) – Green Bay Packers

Stepaniak was drafted by Green Bay in the sixth round of the 2020 NFL Draft.  He tore an ACL in preparation for the Gator Bowl and continues to rehab that injury.

NOTE:  Former IU quarterback Tre Roberson is on the Bears reserve, non-football injury list.  Roberson transferred to Illinois State after three years in Bloomington.  He suffered a broken foot during the offseason.


Nick Westbrook (WR) – Tennessee Titans

Westbrook signed with the Titans as an undrafted free agent in the spring.

Dan Godsil (LS) – Cincinnati Bengals

Godsil competed for the long-snapper job for the second straight year in Cincinnati.

Robert McCray (DL) – Cleveland Browns

McCray spent time with the Browns during 2019.  He may end up on the practice squad again in 2020.

Cody Latimer (WR) – Washington

Latimer was set to enter year seven in the league and his first in Washington.  Instead, Latimer was first placed on the Commissioner’s exempt list after an offseason incident, and then later released.


There should be greater opportunities on practices squads this season due to the pandemic.

Previously the practice squad was capped at 10, but that figure has been increased to 16 in 2020.  This allows a team to have more options as far as a last second replacement in the case of an injury or a player testing positive for COVID-19.

Teams will begin constructing their practice squad rosters on Sunday.

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