K-State in the NFL - Week 1

Jordy Nelson

Sept. 13, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Each week throughout the 2011 season, k-statesports.com will highlight former Kansas State football players currently in the NFL.

To see a complete list of Kansas State alumni on NFL rosters, click here.

Brandon Banks, WR/Kick Returner – Washington Redskins
A second-year return man for Washington, Banks totaled 101 return yards in the Redskins’ 28-14 win over the New York Giants on Sunday. Banks averaged 13.3 yards on four punt returns, including a long of 25 yards. He also took back two kickoffs for a 24-yard average.

Rock Cartwright, RB – Oakland Raiders
Beginning his 10th season in the NFL and his second with the Oakland Raiders, Cartwright carded two special teams tackles Monday night in Oakland’s 23-20 victory at Denver.

Jeromey Clary, OL – San Diego Chargers
A sixth-year player for the Chargers with 49 career starts, Clary began the season as the team’s starting right tackle and helped San Diego earn a 24-17 victory over Minnesota on Sunday. With Clary’s help, San Diego put up 407 yards of total offense and quarterback Phillip Rivers was sacked just twice in the win.

Zac Diles, LB – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Diles, who played the last four years for the Houston Texans, saw action in his first game as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday against Detroit. The Buccaneers lost to the Lions, 27-20.

Yamon Figurs, WR – Tennessee Titans
Figurs, who was signed by Tennessee in the offseason, is on injured reserve and will miss the 2011 season. He has four years of experience, playing with Baltimore, Detroit, Tampa Bay, Oakland and Cleveland. Tennessee lost to Jacksonville in the opening week, 16-14.

Josh Freeman, QB – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
A third-year quarterback for Tampa Bay, Freeman completed 28-of-43 pass attempts for 259 yards and one touchdown Saturday in a 27-20 loss to Detroit. He was also the team’s leading rusher with 26 yards on four attempts.
Video Highlights: 5-yard TD pass  |  15-yard run

Rob Jackson, LB – Washington Redskins
A special teams player and linebacker for the Redskins, Jackson began his fourth year in Washington by helping the Redskins defeat the New York Giants, 28-14.

Ben Leber, LB – St. Louis Rams
In his first game with the St. Louis Rams after signing with the franchise in the offseason, Leber collected two tackles and one quarterback hurry. The Rams lost to Philadelphia, 31-13.

Ryan Lilja, OL – Kansas City Chiefs
Lilja began his eighth season in the NFL and his second with the Chiefs on Sunday against Buffalo when he started at left guard. With Lilja playing a key role, the Chiefs led the league in rushing last season and tallied 213 yards on the ground in a 41-7 loss to the Bills.

Jeron Mastrud, TE – Miami Dolphins
In his second season with the Miami Dolphins, Mastrud was the team’s No. 2 tight end Monday night against New England in a 38-24 loss to the Patriots.

Jon McGraw, S – Kansas City Chiefs
One of the longest-tenured former Wildcats in the NFL, McGraw began his 10th NFL season and fifth in Kansas City on Sunday when the Chiefs hosted Buffalo. The safety led Kansas City with eight tackles in a 41-7 loss.

Jordy Nelson, WR – Green Bay Packers
Nelson continued his great play from last year’s Super Bowl as he hauled in seven receptions for 77 yards and one touchdown Thursday night against New Orleans. He was second on the team in receptions and yardage as he helped the Packers score a 42-34 victory over the Saints.
Video Highlights: 36-yard reception  |  3-yard TD reception

Terence Newman, CB – Dallas Cowboys
Newman is in his ninth season with Dallas after being drafted fifth overall by the franchise in the 2003 draft. The cornerback was inactive for Sunday night’s game at the New York Jets with an injury as the Cowboys lost, 27-24.

Darren Sproles, RB/Returner – New Orleans Saints
Sproles was dynamic in his first outing as a member of the New Orleans Saints on Thursday at Green Bay. A former player for the San Diego Chargers, Sproles was signed by the Saints in the offseason and didn’t disappoint as he accounted for 250 all-purpose yards, including a 72-yard punt return touchdown, 76 kickoff return yards and 75 receiving yards on seven catches. His punt return touchdown was just the second in franchise history in a season opener and the first since 1989. However, Sproles’ efforts weren’t enough as the Packers defeated the Saints, 42-34.
Video Highlights: 72-yard punt return TD  |  57-yard kickoff return  |  36-yard reception

Daniel Thomas, RB – Miami Dolphins
Thomas, a rookie running back who was drafted in the second round of last year’s draft, was inactive for Monday night’s game against New England with an injury. The Dolphins lost to New England Monday night, 38-24.

Reggie Walker, LB – Arizona Cardinals
Walker had two tackles, including a special team’s stop, in the season opener against Carolina. The third-year player, who had 14 stops a year ago, helped the Cardinals top the Panthers, 28-21.

Video Highlights from NFL.com