K-State in the NFL - Week 4

Jordy Nelson

Oct. 4, 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, Washington’s kick-return specialist, returned a pair of kickoffs for a 17.5-yard average and four punts for three yards as the Redskins topped St. Louis, 17-10. For the year, Banks has returned 13 kickoffs for a 22.2-yard average and 14 punts for a 10.4-yard average, including a long of 31. Banks’ punt-return average is sixth in the league among players with 10 or more returns.

Rock Cartwright, RB – Oakland Raiders
A 10th year NFL veteran, Cartwright caught one pass and returned a kickoff in Oakland’s 31-19 loss against New England on Sunday. Cartwright has four special teams tackles this season.

Jeromey Clary, OL – San Diego Chargers
Clary earned his 52nd career start at right tackle on Sunday for the Chargers. He helped the San Diego offensive line allow just two sacks, while the Chargers accumulated 411 total yards, including 116 rushing, in their 26-16 win over Miami.
 
Zac Diles, LB – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Diles, a defensive substitution and special teams player, carded a special-teams tackle – his first of the year – in Tampa Bay’s 24-17 victory over Indianapolis.

Yamon Figurs, WR – Tennessee Titans
An off-season signee by Tennessee, Figurs is on injured reserve and will miss the entire 2011 season. The Titans earned a 31-13 victory at Cleveland on Sunday.

Josh Freeman, QB – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Freeman started under center for Tampa Bay in its 24-17 victory Monday night over Indianapolis. He threw for 287 yards and one touchdown on 25-of-39 aim, while he rushed six times for 27 yards and another score. With the game tied at 17 in the fourth quarter, Freeman led the Buccanneers on a six-play, 60-yard drive. It was his seventh game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or in overtime since 2010, which is tied for the most in the NFL. Through four games, Freeman is 97-of-145 (66.9-percent) for 969 yards and three touchdowns. He has also rushed 23 times for 104 yards and two scores. Freeman is ranks fifth in the NFL in completion percentage and is tied for ninth in completions.
Video Highlights: 13-yard TD pass  |  1-yard TD run

Rob Jackson, LB – Washington Redskins
A backup linebacker for the Redskins, Jackson carded one tackle, which went for a 2-yard loss against St. Louis running back Stephen Jackson, in Washington’s 17-10 victory over the Rams. Jackson has three tackles this season, including one tackle for loss.

Ben Leber, LB – St. Louis Rams
Earning his fourth-straight start at linebacker to open the season, Leber made a pair of tackles for St. Louis in its 17-10 loss to Washington. In his first season for the Rams, Leber has amassed 12 tackles.

Ryan Lilja, OL – Kansas City Chiefs
A starter at left guard in all four games this season, Lilja helped lead Kansas City to a 22-17 victory over Minnesota on Sunday. He helped the Chiefs gain 350 total yards, including 103 on the ground.

Jeron Mastrud, TE – Miami Dolphins
Mastrud played in two-tight end sets and caught his first pass of the season, which went for eight yards. Miami lost at San Diego, 26-16.

Jon McGraw, S – Kansas City Chiefs
McGraw was inactive for Kansas City against Minnesota on Sunday due to injury. The Chiefs topped the Vikings, 22-17. In his 10th NFL season, McGraw has 19 tackles, two passes defended and one interception this year.

Jordy Nelson, WR – Green Bay Packers
Nelson started for Green Bay and hauled in five receptions for 91 yards and a 50-yard touchdown catch. Nelson’s performance came one day after he was the beneficiary of a new three-year, $12.6-million contract extension. For the year, Nelson has carded 15 receptions for 292 yards and three touchdowns, including a career-long 84-yarder at Carolina. Nelson ranks third in the NFL in average per catch among players with 15 or more receptions (19.5). His 84-yard touchdown reception is the third-longest in the league this season.
Video Highlights: 50-yard TD reception

Terence Newman, CB – Dallas Cowboys
Newman earned his second-straight start on Sunday against Detroit after missing the first two games due to injury. The former first round pick by Dallas tied for team-high honors with five tackles, but the Cowboys lost, 34-30. In two games this year, Newman has five tackles and one pass breakup.

Darren Sproles, RB/Returner – New Orleans Saints
Sproles was New Orleans’ leading rusher in its 23-10 loss at Jacksonville. A former draftee by San Diego, Sproles rushed seven times for 75 yards, hauled in five passes for 56 yards, returned one punt for nine yards and brought back two kickoffs for a 24-yard average. Sproles has accounted for 716 all-purpose yards this season, including 251 receiving yards. He also has three total touchdowns, coming on a rush, a pass reception and a punt return. Sproles is tied for third in the league in receptions and is fourth in punt return average (17.8).

Daniel Thomas, RB – Miami Dolphins
Thomas was inactive on Sunday at San Diego due to an injury. Miami lost to San Diego, 26-16. In his two games this year, Thomas has 202 yards on the ground in 41 attempts, while he has caught four passes for 37 yards and one touchdown.

Reggie Walker, LB – Arizona Cardinals
Walker was a defensive substitution and special teams player for Arizona on Sunday in the Cardinals’ 31-27 loss to the New York Giants. He has nine tackles in four games this season.

Video Highlights from NFL.com