K-State in the NFL - Week 6

Jordy Nelson

Oct. 18, 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 returned five kickoffs for a 29.8-yard average and two punts for four yards on Sunday in Washington’s 20-13 loss to Philadelphia. With the loss, the Redskins are 3-2 this year to sit in second in the NFC East. Banks has returned 18 kickoffs for a 24.3-yard average and 16 punts for a 9.3-yard average, including a long of 35. Banks’ punt-return average is sixth in the league among players with 15 or more returns.

Rock Cartwright, RB – Oakland Raiders
Cartwright was inactive for Oakland’s 24-17 win on Sunday at home over Cleveland. A 10th year NFL veteran, Cartwright has six special teams tackles, while he took a fake punt 35 yards for a first down last week. Following the win, the Raiders are now a half game behind San Diego for first place in the AFC West with a 4-2 mark.

Jeromey Clary, OL – San Diego Chargers
Jeromey Clary and the San Diego Chargers were idle last week. The offensive lineman, who has 53 career starts at right tackle, has helped the Chargers begin the season 4-1 to lead the AFC West.

Zac Diles, LB – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
A backup linebacker, Diles was inactive for Tampa Bay’s 26-20 victory over New Orleans. Diles has one tackle this season for the Buccaneers, who are tied for the NFC South lead at 4-2.

Yamon Figurs, WR – Tennessee Titans
An off-season signee by the Tennessee Titans, Figurs is on injured reserve and will miss the entire 2011 season. Tennessee was off last week and lead the AFC South by a half game with a 3-2 mark.

Josh Freeman, QB – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Freeman led Tampa Bay to a 26-20 victory over divisional rival New Orleans on Sunday. The quarterback threw for 303 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 23-of-41 aim. One of his touchdowns went for a 65-yard touchdown. In six games, Freeman is 137-of-219 (62.6-percent) for 1,459 yards and five touchdowns. He has also rushed 28 times for 109 yards and two scores. Freeman is ranks fifth in the NFL in completions and 12th in completion percentage. With the victory, the Buccaneers are now tied with the Saints for the NFC South lead at 4-2.
Video Highlights: 65-yd TD pass  |  19-yd TD pass

Rob Jackson, LB – Washington Redskins
A backup linebacker and special teams player for Washington, Jackson carded two tackles – including one for a loss – on Sunday in the Redskins’ 20-13 loss at home to Philadelphia. Washington is now 3-2 this season, which is second in the NFC East. This season, Jackson has collected five tackles.

Ben Leber, LB – St. Louis Rams
A starter for the first four games of the regular season, Leber was inactive on Sunday in St. Louis’ 24-3 loss at Green Bay. The linebacker has amassed 12 tackles for the Rams, who are 0-5 to begin the year.

Ryan Lilja, OL – Kansas City Chiefs
Lilja has started the first five games for the Kansas City Chiefs this season, who had a bye last week. The Chiefs hold a 2-3 record to sit in third place in the AFC West.

Jeron Mastrud, TE – Miami Dolphins
A backup tight end for the Miami Dolphins, Mastrud and played in two tight end sets and on special teams in the Dolphins’ 24-6 loss Monday night at the New York Jets. Mastrud has one catch for seven yards this season for Miami, which is 0-5.

Jon McGraw, S – Kansas City Chiefs
A starter in three games this season, McGraw and Kansas City were off last week. This season, the safety has 22 tackles, three passes defended and an interception. With a 2-3 record in the first five games, the Chiefs are in third place in the AFC West.

Jordy Nelson, WR – Green Bay Packers
A starter in Green Bay’s 24-3 victory on Sunday over St. Louis, Nelson made two catches for 104 yards, including a 93-yard touchdown reception. It was his third touchdown reception for 50 or more yards, while his 93-yarder was a career long and is the second longest in the NFL this season. Also, Nelson carded the third 100-yard game of his career, including his first this season. In six games this year, Nelson has 20 receptions for 413 yards and four touchdowns. Nelson ranks second in the NFL in average per catch among players with 15 or more receptions (20.7), while he is tied for fourth in touchdown receptions. Green Bay is a perfect 6-0 to begin the year, is tops in the NFC North.
Video Highlight: 93-yd TD reception

Terence Newman, CB – Dallas Cowboys
Newman earned his third start of the season for Dallas and shined against New England on Sunday. The former first-round draft pick intercepted a pass, made five tackles and recovered a fumble, but it wasn’t enough as the Cowboys allowed a last-minute touchdown as the Patriots won, 20-16. This season, Newman has 10 tackles, one interception and two passes defended. The Cowboys hold a 2-3 record, which is third in the NFC East.
Video Highlight: Interception

Darren Sproles, RB/Returner – New Orleans Saints
Sproles led New Orleans with eight receptions of the backfield that went for 46 yards, but the Saints lost at Tampa Bay, 26-20, on Sunday. The former draftee by San Diego also rushed once for 16 yards and averaged 23.0-yards on three kickoff returns. This season, Sproles has accounted for 925 all-purpose yards this season, including 310 receiving yards on 39 receptions (7.9 yards per catch). He also has three total touchdowns, coming on a rush, a pass reception and a punt return. Sproles is tied for second in the league in receptions and is ninth in punt return average among players with five or more returns (11.8). The Saints are now tied for the NFC South division lead with a 4-2 record.

Daniel Thomas, RB – Miami Dolphins
Thomas rushed 15 times for 47 yards and also caught one pass for 12 yards in Miami’s 24-6 loss Monday night at the New York Jets. In three games this season, the running back has rushed for 249 yards on 56 carries, while he has five catches for 49 yards and one touchdown. The Dolphins are 0-5 to begin the year.

Reggie Walker, LB – Arizona Cardinals
Walker, a defensive substitution and special teams player for Arizona, was off last week. This season, Walker has nine tackles for the 1-4 Cardinals, who are third in the NFC West.

Video Highlights from NFL.com