Wildcats in the NFL – Week 10

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Each week throughout the 2016 season, k-statesports.com will recap the action for the nine former Kansas State football players currently in the NFL.

Arthur Brown, LB – Jacksonville Jaguars
Brown, a fourth-year linebacker who is in his first season with the Jaguars, saw action on 22 special teams plays in Jacksonville’s 24-21 home loss to Houston on Sunday. A former second-round pick, Brown has seen time in 43 career games and made 20 tackles. Jacksonville, which dropped its fourth-straight game, fell to 2-7 on the season and travels to Detroit this Sunday.

B.J. Finney, OL – Pittsburgh Steelers
An undrafted rookie free agent in 2015 who spent last year on the practice squad, Finney played in Pittsburgh’s 35-30 home loss to Dallas on Sunday. A native of Andale, Kansas, Finney made his eighth appearance of the year, which includes a start at guard last month against Kansas City. Pittsburgh dropped to 4-5 on the year but is only a game behind Baltimore for first place in the AFC North. The Steelers travel to Cleveland this Sunday.

Emmanuel Lamur, LB – Minnesota Vikings
Lamur, a fifth-year linebacker, played both defense and special teams in Minnesota’s 26-20 loss at Washington on Sunday. A first-year player for Minnesota who played his first four seasons in Cincinnati, Lamur has 157 career tackles, a half sack, 10 passes defended and two interceptions in his four-plus seasons. The Vikings lost for a fourth-straight time after starting the season 5-0 but are still in a tie for first atop the NFC North standings with Detroit at 5-4. Minnesota hosts Arizona this Sunday.

Tyler Lockett, WR/Returner – Seattle Seahawks
Lockett, a second-year pro, carded 72 receiving yards – featured by a 36-yard grab – in addition to four punt-return yards and a 32-yard kickoff return to help Seattle to a 31-24 Sunday-night win at New England. A rookie Pro Bowl selection a year ago, Lockett has 21 catches for 286 yards this year to go along with a 9.6-yard punt return average and a 26.2-yard kickoff return average, the latter ranking second in the league. Seattle remains in first place in the NFC West with a 6-2-1 record, and the Seahawks host Philadelphia this Sunday.

Highlights: 24-yd catch | 36-yd catch

Cornelius Lucas, OL – Detroit Lions
Lucas and the Detroit Lions were idle this past week. A third-year player, Lucas was an undrafted rookie free agent signee in 2014 who has played in 34 career games with six starts. The Lions enter the final stretch of the season with a 5-4 record to sit in a tie for first place in the NFC North. Detroit hosts Jacksonville on Sunday.

Jordy Nelson, WR – Green Bay Packers
A ninth-year pro, Nelson set a new career high with 12 catches for 126 yards – his 21st career 100-yard game – and a touchdown, but it wasn’t enough as Green Bay lost at Tennessee on Sunday, 47-25. On injured reserve for the entire 2015 season, Nelson has 50 receptions for 635 yards and eight touchdowns this year, the latter tying for the NFL lead this year and moving him into a tie for fourth in Green Bay history with 57 in his career. The Riley, Kansas, product also moved into fifth place in franchise history in catches (450) and sixth place in yards (6,744). Green Bay fell for a fourth time in its last five games to drop to 4-5 overall and into third place in the NFC North standings. The Packers travel to Washington this Sunday night, their second of three-straight road games.

Highlights: 17-yd catch  |  18-yd catch  |  15-yd catch  |  20-yd catch

Terence Newman, CB – Minnesota Vikings
Newman, a 14th-year veteran who is with his second season with Minnesota, carded one tackle and broke up a pass in the Vikings’ 26-20 defeat at Washington on Sunday. A native of Salina, Kansas, Newman did not start for the first time since when he was in Dallas in 2007. He has made 195 career starts in 198 career games, totaled 826 tackles, two sacks, 166 passes defended and 41 interceptions in his career. His 41 picks rank second among active players. Suffering its fourth-straight defeat after starting the year 5-0, Minnesota is tied for first in the NFC North and hosts Arizona on Sunday.

Darren Sproles, RB/Returner – Philadelphia Eagles
A 12th-year veteran, Sproles recorded 57 receiving yards on eight catches and 19 rushing yards on a pair of carries in Philadelphia’s 24-15 home win over Atlanta on Sunday. In nine games this season, the Olathe, Kansas, product has accounted for 304 yards on the ground to go along with 298 receiving yards and a 14.1-yard punt return average, which ranks third in the NFL. Sproles remains in eighth place all-time in NFL history in all-purpose yards, a mark that now stands at 18,721 yards. He is 77 yards behind current Baltimore Raven wide receiver Steve Smith for seventh place. Philadelphia picked up just its second win since a Week 4 bye as the Eagles are 5-4 on the year and travel to Seattle this Sunday.

Cody Whitehair, OL – Chicago Bears
Whitehair, a second-round pick in this year’s draft, started at center for the ninth time this year and played in all 56 offensive plays in Chicago’s 36-10 loss at Tampa Bay on Sunday. Chicago fell to 2-7 on the year and travels to play at the New York Giants this Sunday.