K-State in the NFL - Week 8

Terence Newman

Nov. 1, 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  averaged 21 yards on three kickoff returns and also took back two punts for 32 yards in the Redskins’ 23-0 loss on Sunday against Buffalo in Toronto, Canada. This season, Banks has returned 22 kickoffs for a 23.9-yard average and 19 punts for a 9.3-yard average, including a long of 35. Banks’ punt-return average is 10th in the league among players with 15 or more returns. Washington is in a three-way tie for second in the NFC East at 3-4.

Rock Cartwright, RB – Oakland Raiders
Cartwright, a backup running back and special teams player for Oakland, enjoyed an off week on Sunday. A 10th year NFL veteran, Cartwright has seven special teams tackles, while he took a fake punt 35 yards for a first down three weeks ago at Houston. Oakland is tied for the AFC West lead with Kansas City and San Diego at 4-3.

Jeromey Clary, OL – San Diego Chargers
Clary started his seventh game this season for San Diego on Monday night at Kansas City in a 23-20 overtime loss. It was Clary’s 55th career start, and he helped the Chargers gain 447 total offensive yards. The Chargers are tied for the AFC West lead with Kansas City and Oakland at 4-3.

Zac Diles, LB – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Diles, a backup linebacker for the Tampa Bay Buccanneers, was off last week. This season, he has one tackle for Tampa Bay, which is tied for second in the NFC South at 4-3.

Yamon Figurs, WR – Tennessee Titans
An off-season acquisition by the Tennessee Titans, Figurs is on injured reserve and will miss the entire 2011 season. Tennessee topped Indianapolis, 27-10, at home on Sunday.

Josh Freeman, QB – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Freeman, the starting quarterback for Tampa Bay over the last two-plus seasons, was off last week. In seven games, he is 166-of-270 (61.5-percent) for 1,723 yards and seven touchdowns. He has also rushed 28 times for 109 yards and two scores. His 166 completions rank eighth in the NFL. Tampa Bay is tied for second in the NFC South at 4-3 mark.

Rob Jackson, LB – Washington Redskins
A backup linebacker and special teams player for the Redskins, Jackson played in Washington’s 23-0 loss against Buffalo in Toronto, Canada. The Redskins are in a three-way tie for second in the NFC East with a 3-4 mark. This season, Jackson has collected five tackles.

Ben Leber, LB – St. Louis Rams
A starter in the first four games of the 2011 season, Leber came off the bench for the St. Louis Rams, who topped the New Orleans Saints, 31-21, on Sunday. This season, the linebacker has amassed 12 tackles for St. Louis, which is 1-6 this season.

Ryan Lilja, OL – Kansas City Chiefs
Lilja, a starter at left guard for the first seven games of the season, helped the Kansas City Chiefs pick up a 23-20 overtime victory over San Diego on Monday night. Lilja and the Chiefs gained 341 total yards as the Chiefs won their fourth-straight contest. Kansas City is 4-3 this season, which is tied for the AFC West lead with San Diego and Oakland.

Jeron Mastrud, TE – Miami Dolphins
Mastrud started in a two-tight end set in the Miami Dolphins’ 20-17 loss on Sunday at the New York Giants. This season, Mastrud has one catch for seven yards this season for the Dolphins, who are 0-7.

Jon McGraw, S – Kansas City Chiefs
A starter for the fifth-straight game, McGraw helped Kansas City win its fourth-straight game with a 23-20 victory in overtime over San Diego on Monday night. McGraw carded five tackles and forced a fumble. In seven games this season, the safety has 33 tackles, four passes defended, two interceptions and one forced fumble. With the victory, the Chiefs are now tied for the AFC West lead at 4-3 with San Diego and Oakland.
Video Highlight: Forced fumble

Jordy Nelson, WR – Green Bay Packers
Nelson has helped the Green Bay Packers to an undefeated 7-0 start through last week’s bye. The fourth-year player has 24 receptions for 465 yards and four touchdowns this season. He ranks second in the NFL in average per catch among players with 20 or more receptions (19.4), while his 93-yard touchdown reception two weeks ago against St. Louis is the third-longest this year. Green Bay is the only undefeated team in the NFL and leads the NFC North.

Terence Newman, CB – Dallas Cowboys
Newman earned his fifth start of the season and tallied six tackles in Dallas’ 34-7 loss Sunday night at Philadelphia. The former first-round draft pick has 17 tackles, one interception and two passes defended this season. The Cowboys are in a three-way tie for second place in the NFC East with a 3-4 record.

Darren Sproles, RB/Returner – New Orleans Saints
Sproles came off the bench to catch six passes for 60 yards and rush six times for 16 yards in New Orleans’ 31-21 loss on Sunday at St. Louis. Also the Saints’ return specialist, Sproles returned five kickoffs for a 24.2-yard average and three punts for 19 yards. Sproles, a former San Diego draft pick, has accounted for 1,331 all-purpose yards this season, including 389 receiving yards on 51 receptions (7.6 yards per catch). He also has five total touchdowns, coming on two rushes, two pass receptions and a punt return. Sproles second in the league in receptions. The Saints lead the NFC South by a half game over Tampa Bay and Atlanta with a 5-3 mark.

Daniel Thomas, RB – Miami Dolphins
Thomas was inactive for the third time this season when Miami lost 20-17 on Sunday at the New York Giants. In four games this season, the running back has rushed for 302 yards on 75 carries, while he has seven catches for 49 yards and one touchdown. Miami is 0-7 this season.

Reggie Walker, LB – Arizona Cardinals
Walker recorded one special teams tackle in Arizona’s 30-27 loss on Sunday at Baltimore. The backup linebacker and defensive player has 10 tackles for the 1-6 Cardinals, who are tied for third in the NFC West.

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