Wildcats in the NFL – Week 1
Wildcats in the NFL – Week 1
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Each week throughout the 2016 season, k-statesports.com will recap the action for the 10 former Kansas State football players currently in the NFL.
Arthur Brown, LB – Jacksonville Jaguars
Brown, a fourth-year linebacker who was waived by Baltimore during final cuts and quickly snatched up by Jacksonville, played primarily on special teams in the Jaguars’ 27-23 loss at home to Green Bay on Sunday. A second-round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft, Brown has played in 35 career games and made 17 tackles.
B.J. Finney, OL – Pittsburgh Steelers
An undrafted rookie free agent in 2015 who spent last year on the practice squad, Finney received his first regular-season NFL action for the Steelers on Monday night in a 38-16 victory at Washington. The Andale, Kansas, native played on five special teams plays in the victory.
Glenn Gronkowski, FB – Buffalo Bills
Gronkowski, an undrafted rookie free agent signee by Buffalo following the draft, played in the Bills’ 13-7 loss at Baltimore on Sunday but was released by the organization Monday afternoon.
Emmanuel Lamur, LB – Minnesota Vikings
An undrafted rookie free agent signee by Cincinnati in 2012, Lamur made his Minnesota Viking debut in a 25-16 victory at Tennessee on Sunday. The fifth-year linebacker, who recorded a tackle on punt coverage, Lamur has 151 career tackles, a half sack, 10 passes defended and two interceptions in his four-plus seasons.
Tyler Lockett, WR/Returner – Seattle Seahawks
Lockett, a rookie Pro Bowl selection a year ago, hauled in three catches for 17 yards while returning three punts for 40 yards – including a long of 22 yards – in Seattle’s 12-10 victory over Miami on Sunday. In his 17 career games, which includes nine starts, Lockett has 77 receptions for 681 yards and six touchdowns, averaged 9.7 yards on punt returns and 25.8 yards on kickoff returns.
Cornelius Lucas, OL – Detroit Lions
Lucas, an undrafted rookie free agent signee in 2014, was in active for Detroit’s 39-35 victory at Indianapolis on Sunday.
Jordy Nelson, WR – Green Bay Packers
Nelson returned to the field for the first time in two seasons and did not disappoint as he recorded six catches for 32 yards, including a six-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter of a 27-23 Packer victory at Jacksonville on Sunday. Nelson, who was on injured reserve for the entire 2015 season with an injury sustained during the preseason, has totaled 406 receptions for 6,141 yards and 50 touchdowns in his eight-plus year career. The Riley, Kansas, product ranks seventh in Green Bay history in career receiving touchdowns, while he is eighth in catches and ninth in yards.
Terence Newman, CB – Minnesota Vikings
A 14-year veteran, Newman tallied seven tackles and played in 97-percent of the Vikings’ defensive plays in a 25-16 Minnesota win at Tennessee on Sunday. The former first-round draft pick, who has made 188 career starts in 190 games, has 810 tackles, two sacks, 171 passes defended and 40 interceptions in his career.
Darren Sproles, RB/Returner – Philadelphia Eagles
A 12-year veteran who was named to his second Pro Bowl last year, Sproles accounted for 95 all-purpose yards in Philadelphia’s 29-10 victory over Cleveland on Sunday. The running back tallied 24 yards on two catches, rushed for 12 yards on five carries and totaled 59 punt-return yards on four tries (14.8-yard average), including a long of 40. With his recent effort, Sproles now has 18,017 career all-purpose yards to rank 11th in NFL history, while he is second among active players. He is 151 all-purpose yards away from tying Herschel Walker for 10th all-time.
Highlight: 40-yd punt return
Cody Whitehair, OL – Chicago Bears
A second-round pick in this year’s draft, Whitehair started at center and played in all 56 offensive plays in Chicago’s 23-14 loss at Houston on Sunday. It was his first start at center post-high school as he started at both guard and tackle during his four-year career K-State.