K-State in the NFL - Week 2

Daniel Thomas

Sept. 20, 2011

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

Brandon Banks, WR/Kick Returner – Washington Redskins
Banks accounted for 178 return yards on Sunday in Washington’s 22-21 victory over Arizona. The speedy return man averaged 18.3 yards on four punt returns, including a long of 35. He also returned four kickoffs for a 26.3-yard average. Banks ranks third in the league in kickoff return average among players with five or more returns (25.5 yards), while he is fifth overall with a 15.8-yard punt return average.
Video Highlights: 35-yard punt return

Rock Cartwright, RB – Oakland Raiders
A 10th year NFL veteran, Cartwright played on special teams in Oakland’s 38-35 loss Sunday at Buffalo.

Jeromey Clary, OL – San Diego Chargers
Clary earned his 50th career start for San Diego on Sunday at New England. He helped protect quarterback Phillips Rivers, who sacked just twice and threw for 378 yards, but the Chargers lost to the Patriots, 35-21.
Zac Diles, LB – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Diles was a defensive and special team’s substitution on Sunday at Minnesota as he helped the Buccaneers defeat the Vikings, 24-20.

Yamon Figurs, WR – Tennessee Titans
Signed by Tennessee in the offseason, Figurs is on injured reserve and will miss the 2011 season. The Titans defeated Baltimore, 26-13, on Sunday.

Josh Freeman, QB – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Freeman threw for 243 yards and one touchdown on 22-of-33 aim Sunday at Minnesota as he successfully executed a game-winning drive to help the Buccaneers top the Vikings, 24-20. Freeman, who has thrown a touchdown pass in a franchise record 15-straight games, guided Tampa Bay on a nine-play, 61-yard touchdown drive with less than one minute remaining. Freeman is sixth in the league in completions (50) and completion percentage (67.6-percent).
Video Highlights: 51-yard pass  |  25-yd TD pass

Rob Jackson, LB – Washington Redskins
Jackson made one special teams tackle, which came on a kickoff, against Arizona on Sunday. Jackson helped Washington defeat the Cardinals, 22-21.

Ben Leber, LB – St. Louis Rams
Leber started at weakside linebacker Monday night at the New York Giants and recorded four tackles. St. Louis lost to New York, 28-16.

Ryan Lilja, OL – Kansas City Chiefs
Lilja earned the start at left guard for the second straight game and helped Kansas City rush for 151 yards at Detroit. The Chiefs lost to the Lions, 48-3.

Jeron Mastrud, TE – Miami Dolphins
Mastrud earned the start in a two-tight end set on Sunday against Houston. He was targeted once in the game, but did not come up with a reception during Miami’s 23-13 loss.

Jon McGraw, S – Kansas City Chiefs
McGraw earned his first start of the season at safety for the Chiefs and came away with a team-high 10 tackles, including one for a loss, and one interception at Detroit. Kansas City lost to the Lions, 48-3.

Jordy Nelson, WR – Green Bay Packers
A fourth-year wide receiver for the Packers, Nelson only carded one reception Sunday at Carolina, but he made it count as it went for a career-long 84-yard touchdown. It was Nelson’s third-straight game with a touchdown grab dating back to last year’s Super Bowl. Nelson’s touchdown gave the Packers breathing room as they held on for a 30-23 victory over the Panthers. Nelson is tied for sixth in the NFL with two touchdown receptions, while his 84-yarder is the second longest in the league this season.
Video Highlights: 84-yard TD reception

Terence Newman, CB – Dallas Cowboys
Newman was inactive for Dallas for the second straight week on Sunday at San Francisco. The Cowboys won in overtime, 27-24.

Darren Sproles, RB/Kick Returner – New Orleans Saints
Sproles helped the New Orleans Saints claim their first victory of the season on Sunday in a 30-13 victory over Chicago. Sproles caught eight passes out of the backfield for 43 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown reception that put the game away. He also rushed four times for 17 yards and returned one kickoff for 24 yards. Sproles is tied for third in the league in receptions (15), is fourth in punt return average (23.3 yards) and 10th in kickoff return average (33.3 yards).
Video Highlights: 12-yd TD reception

Daniel Thomas, RB – Miami Dolphins
In his first NFL regular season game, Thomas rushed for 107 yards on 18 carries Sunday against Houston, while he caught one pass for 10 yards. Thomas, who was inactive last week against New England due to injury, picked up the Dolphins’ first 100-yard rushing game since Ricky Williams in 2009. It wasn’t enough, however, as the Texans won, 23-13.

Reggie Walker, LB – Arizona Cardinals
Filling in at linebacker for a majority of the game, Walker was tied for third on the team with seven tackles Sunday at Washington. The Cardinals lost to the Redskins, 22-21

Video Highlights from NFL.com