K-State in the NFL - Week 5

Jon McGraw

Oct. 11, 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 and the Washington Redskins had their bye week during the NFL’s fifth week of the season. The Redskins are 3-1 this year to lead the NFC East. 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 fourth in the league among players with 12 or more returns.

Rock Cartwright, RB – Oakland Raiders
Cartwright, a 10th year NFL veteran, helped Oakland win an emotional 25-20 contest at Houston a day after the passing of Raider owner Al Davis. Cartwright took a fake punt 35 yards, while he also recorded a pair of special teams tackles to push his season total to six. The Raiders are 3-2 this season to sit in second place in the AFC West.
Video Highlights: 35-yard fake punt conversion

Jeromey Clary, OL – San Diego Chargers
Earning his 53rd career start at right tackle on Sunday at Denver, Clary helped the Chargers pick up a 29-24 victory on Sunday. San Diego leads the AFC West with a 4-1 mark.

Zac Diles, LB – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Diles, a backup linebacker for Tampa Bay, was inactive for the Buccaneers’ 48-3 loss at San Francisco. Diles has one tackle this season for the Buccaneers, who are second in the NFC South at 3-2.

Yamon Figurs, WR – Tennessee Titans
Figurs, an off-season signee by Tennessee, is on injured reserve and will miss the entire 2011 season. Tennessee lost at Pittsburgh on Sunday, 38-17, but is tied for the AFC South lead at 3-2.

Josh Freeman, QB – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Freeman and Tampa Bay struggled at San Francisco as the 49’ers earned a 48-3 victory. Freeman was 17-of-33 for 187 yards and two interceptions, and he rushed just once for two yards. Through five games, Freeman is 114-of-178 (64.0-percent) for 1,156 yards and three touchdowns. He has also rushed 24 times for 106 yards and two scores. Freeman is ranks eighth in the NFL in completions and 10th in completion percentage. Tampa Bay is second in the NFC South at 3-2.
Video Highlights: 29-yard pass

Rob Jackson, LB – Washington Redskins
Jackson, a backup linebacker and special teams player for the Washington Redskins, enjoyed a bye week last week. The former defensive end has three tackles this season. Washington is 3-1 this season to lead the NFC East.

Ben Leber, LB – St. Louis Rams
Leber, who has started four-straight games for St. Louis to start the season, was on a bye last week. The linebacker has amassed 12 tackles for the Rams, who are 0-4 to begin the year.

Ryan Lilja, OL – Kansas City Chiefs
Lilja earned his fifth straight start at left guard and helped Kansas City pick up a 28-24 victory at Indianapolis on Sunday. Lilja, an anchor for the Chiefs’ offensive line, helped Kansas City rush for 194 yards. He also helped protect quarterback Matt Cassel, who was sacked just twice and passed for 242 yards and four touchdowns.

Jeron Mastrud, TE – Miami Dolphins
Mastrud and the Miami Dolphins, who are 0-4 to begin the year, were idle last week. Mastrud has one catch for seven yards this season.

Jon McGraw, S – Kansas City Chiefs
A week after being inactive due to injury, McGraw made his third start of the season in Kansas City’s 28-24 victory on Sunday at Indianapolis. McGraw made three assisted tackles and also broke up one pass.

Jordy Nelson, WR – Green Bay Packers
Nelson was targeted seven times and came up with three receptions for 17 yards in a 25-14 win at Atlanta on Sunday night. For the year, Nelson has carded 18 receptions for 309 yards and three touchdowns, including a career-long 84-yarder at Carolina. Nelson ranks eighth in the NFL in average per catch among players with 15 or more receptions (17.2). His 84-yard touchdown reception is the third-longest in the league this season. Green Bay is a perfect 5-0 to begin the year, which is tied with Detroit for the NFC North lead.

Terence Newman, CB – Dallas Cowboys
Newman has started twice this season for Dallas, which was off last week. Newman has five tackles and one pass breakup for the 2-2 Cowboys, who are third in the NFC East.

Darren Sproles, RB/Returner – New Orleans Saints
For a second-consecutive week, Sproles was New Orleans’ leading rusher as he took 11 handoffs for 51 yards and hauled in five passes for 40 yards. The former draftee by San Diego has accounted for 804 all-purpose yards this season, including 264 receiving yards. He also has three total touchdowns, coming on a rush, a pass reception and a punt return. Sproles is fifth in the league in receptions and is eighth in punt return average (14.9).

Daniel Thomas, RB – Miami Dolphins
Thomas, who has been inactive twice, benefited from Miami’s bye week this past week. In two games this season, Thomas has rushed for 202 yards on 41 carries and caught four passes for 37 yards and one touchdown. The Dolphins are 0-4 coming out of the bye week.

Reggie Walker, LB – Arizona Cardinals
A defensive substitution and special teams player for Arizona, Walker played in the Cardinals’ 34-10 loss at Minnesota, but did not record any statistics.

Video Highlights from NFL.com