K-State in the NFL - Week 10

Jordy Nelson

Nov. 15, 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, the kick-return specialist for the Washington Redskins, took back a pair of kickoffs for a 19-yard average and returned a punt for 22 yards in Washington’s 20-9 loss on Sunday at Miami. In eight games this season, Banks has returned 28 kickoffs for a 23.4-yard average and a long of 47, while he has taken back 22 punts for a 9.0-yard average and a long of 35. Banks’ kickoff-return average is eighth in the league among players with 20 or more returns. The Redskins are tied for third in the NFC East at 3-6.

Rock Cartwright, RB – Oakland Raiders
Carwright, a 10th-year veteran who is one of the top special teams players for Oakland, helped the Raiders come away with a 24-17 victory at division rival San Diego last Thursday. In nine games this season, Cartwright has nine special teams tackles, while he took a fake punt 35 yards for a first down in week five at Houston. Oakland leads the AFC West with a 5-4 record, a game ahead of the other three division foes.

Jeromey Clary, OL – San Diego Chargers
Clary, who has started all nine games at right tackle this season, earned his 57th career start last Thursday for San Diego, which dropped a 24-17 decision against Oakland. The Chargers are tied for second in the AFC West with a 4-5 record, one game behind the Raiders.

Thomas Clayton, RB – Cleveland Browns
Clayton, who was signed by Cleveland on November 1, played in the Browns’ 13-12 loss at home to St. Louis on Sunday. The backup running back recorded two carries and caught one pass for eight yards. The Browns are now 3-6 this season.

Zac Diles, LB – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Diles, a backup linebacker for Tampa Bay, did not play in the Buccaneers’ 37-9 loss at home to Houston on Sunday. Diles has one tackle for Tampa Bay this season, which is third in the NFC South at 4-5.

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 won at Carolina on Sunday, 30-3, to move to 5-4. The Titans are second in the AFC South.

Josh Freeman, QB – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Freeman, the starting quarterback for Tampa Bay over the last two-plus seasons, was 15-of-33 for 170 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions on Sunday in the Buccaneers’ 30-9 loss at home to Houston. Freeman also rushed three times for 25 yards. Freeman is 208-of-340 (61.2-percent) for 2,174 yards and nine touchdowns this season. He has also rushed 34 times for 142 yards and two scores. Freeman is seventh in the NFL in completions. The Buccaneers are third place in the NFC South with a 4-5 mark.
Video Highlights: 33-yd pass  |  9-yd TD pass

Rob Jackson, LB – Washington Redskins
A backup linebacker and special teams player for the Redskins, Jackson played in Washington’s 20-9 loss at Miami on Sunday. This season, Jackson has collected five tackles in nine games for the Redskins, who are tied for third in the NFC East at 3-6.

Ben Leber, LB – St. Louis Rams
A starter in the first four games of the 2011 season, Leber came off the bench for a third-straight game to help St. Louis win a 13-12 contest at Cleveland on Sunday. Also a special teams player, Leber made three total tackles and recovered a fumble on a Cleveland punt return. Leber now has 15 tackles this season for the Rams, who are 2-7.
Video Highlight: Fumble recovery

Ryan Lilja, OL – Kansas City Chiefs
A starter at left guard for the first nine games of the season, Lilja and the Kansas City Chiefs suffered 17-10 home loss to Denver on Sunday. The Chiefs are now 4-5 this season to sit in a three-way tie for second in the AFC West, a game behind first-place Oakland.

Jeron Mastrud, TE – Miami Dolphins
Mastrud helped the Miami Dolphins come away with their second-straight win as he played on special teams and two-tight end sets in a 20-9 victory against Washington on Sunday. Mastrud has one catch for seven yards this season for the Dolphins, who are now 2-7.

Jon McGraw, S – Kansas City Chiefs
A six-game starter this season, McGraw recorded three tackles in Kansas City’s 17-10 home loss on Sunday to Denver. In eight games this year, the safety has 36 tackles, four passes defended, two interceptions and one forced fumble. Kansas City is now tied for second in the AFC West with a 4-5 mark, one game behind first-place Oakland.

Jordy Nelson, WR – Green Bay Packers
Nelson started in a three-wide receiver set Monday night against Minnesota and helped Green Bay remain undefeated as the Packers defeated the Vikings, 45-7. Nelson hauled in a team-high five receptions for 63 yards and two touchdowns. It was Nelson’s first career multi-touchdown game, while he now has seven this season after just six in his first three years combined. In his fourth season as a professional, Nelson has 34 receptions for a career-high 633 yards and seven scores. He leads the NFL in average per catch among players with 20 or more receptions (18.6) and is tied for third in touchdowns, while his 93-yard touchdown reception against St. Louis in week six remains the third-longest in the league this year. Green Bay is now 9-0 on the season and leads the NFC North by three games over Detroit and Chicago.
Video Highlights: 17-yd TD reception  |  4-yd TD reception

Terence Newman, CB – Dallas Cowboys
A starting cornerback for Dallas, Newman had arguably his best game of the season on Sunday in the Cowboys’ 44-7 win against Buffalo. The former first-round draft pick intercepted a pair of passes, including one he returned 43 yards for a touchdown. It was Newman’s third career pick-six and his fourth multi-interception game, while he now has 32 career interceptions to tie for seventh in Cowboy history. In seven games this year, Newman has 25 tackles, six passes defended and four interceptions. His is tied for fourth in the league in interceptions. The Cowboys are 5-4 this season to sit in second place in the NFC East.
Video Highlights: Interception  |  Interception return TD

Darren Sproles, RB/Returner – New Orleans Saints
An all-purpose player for the New Orleans Saints, Sproles started at running back on Sunday in a 26-23 overtime victory at Atlanta. Sproles had two carries, carded four receptions, returned a pair of punts for a nine-yard average and took back three kickoffs for a 28-yard average. The former San Diego draft pick has accounted for 1,604 all-purpose yards this season, including 448 receiving yards on 60 receptions (7.5 yards per catch). He also has six total touchdowns, coming on three pass receptions, two rushes and a punt return. Sproles is third in the league in receptions, while his 26.5-yard kickoff-return average is third in the league among players with 20 or more returns. The Saints continue to lead the NFC South with a 7-3 mark, a game and a half ahead of Atlanta.

Daniel Thomas, RB – Miami Dolphins
Thomas picked up his first career start in a two-running back set on Sunday in Miami’s 20-9 victory at home against Washington. The rookie rushed 17 times for 42 yards, helping the Dolphins gain 103 yards on the ground. Thomas has carded 356 rushing yards on 99 carries in six games, while he has seven catches for 49 yards and one touchdown. Miami is now 2-7 this year.

Reggie Walker, LB – Arizona Cardinals
A backup linebacker and special teams player for Arizona, Walker played in the Cardinals’ 21-17 win on Sunday at Philadelphia. In nine games this season, Walker has 11 tackles for the 3-6 Cardinals, who are tied for second in the NFC West.

Video Highlights from NFL.com