Wildcats in the NFL – Divisional Round

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Each week throughout the 2015 NFL season, k-statesports.com has recapped the week for the 12 former Kansas State football players currently in the NFL. This week, we recap the four former Wildcats who are on rosters for teams that played in the Divisional Round.

To view the final regular-season recap of “Wildcats in the NFL,” please click here. To view the recaps for players that saw their seasons end on Wild Card Weekend, click here.

Bryce Brown, RB – Seattle Seahawks
Brown, a fourth-year player who signed with Seattle three different times this season, was inactive for Seahawks’ 31-24 loss at Carolina, the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs, on Sunday. Seattle, the No. 6 seed in the NFC, trailed 31-0 at halftime and shut out the Panthers in the second half but was unable to recover an onside kick late in the game. In three regular-season games this year, Brown had 72 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries, improving his career totals to 1,076 yards and seven touchdowns on 252 carries. Seattle finished the regular season with a 10-6 record.

B.J. Finney, OL – Pittsburgh Steelers
An undrafted rookie free agent, Finney is on Pittsburgh’s practice squad. The Steelers, who were the No. 6 seed in the AFC playoffs, fell at No. 1-seed Denver, 23-16, on Sunday. Pittsburgh finished the regular season with a 10-6 record.

Tyler Lockett, WR/Returner – Seattle Seahawks
Lockett, a third-round selection in this year’s draft, came away with 175 all-purpose yards – including 75 yards and a touchdown on three catches – but it wasn’t enough as Seattle’s 31-point comeback fell seven points short in a 31-24 loss at Carolina on Sunday. Lockett hauled in a 33-yard touchdown in the third quarter after returning the second-half opening kickoff 50 yards to set up the Seahawks’ first touchdown. He totaled 92 kickoff-return yards on three attempts and also had an eight-yard punt return.

The Tulsa, Oklahoma, product amassed 1,915 all-purpose yards during the regular season to finish third in the NFL. One of just two rookies in NFL history with five-plus receiving touchdowns in addition to touchdowns via punt and kickoff returns (Gale Sayers, 1965), Lockett finished his initial NFL campaign ranked third in the league in total kickoff-return (852) and punt-return yards (379), while his six receiving touchdowns tied for the most this year among rookies. Seattle finished the regular season with a 10-6 record.

Lockett will now turn his attention to the 2016 NFL Pro Bowl as he was named one of two return specialists to the game along with another former Wildcat great, Darren Sproles. The Pro Bowl will be play on Sunday, January 31, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The game will kick off at 6 p.m. (CT) on ESPN.
Highlights: 33-yd TD catch | 15-yd catch | Toe-drag catch

Jordy Nelson, WR – Green Bay Packers
Nelson, a Pro Bowler in 2014, spent the entire 2015 season on injured reserve after suffering an injury during the preseason. In his seven-year career, Nelson has totaled 400 receptions for 6,109 yards and 49 touchdowns, including 98 catches, 1,519 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2014. The Packers, who were the No. 5 seed in the NFC playoffs, lost at Arizona in overtime, 26-20, on Saturday night. Green Bay finished the regular season with a 10-6 record.

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