Wildcats in the NFL – Week 11

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
A fourth-year linebacker who is in his first season with the Jaguars, Brown saw time on 26 special teams plays in Jacksonville’s 26-19 defeat at Detroit on Sunday. A former second-round pick, Brown has played in 44 career games and made 20 tackles. Jacksonville dropped its fifth-straight game, falling to 2-8 on the season. The Jaguars travel to Buffalo this Sunday.

B.J. Finney, OL – Pittsburgh Steelers
Finney, an undrafted rookie free agent in 2015 who spent last year on the practice squad, was active but did not play in Pittsburgh’s 24-9 victory at Cleveland on Sunday. A native of Andale, Kansas, Finney has made eight appearances of the year, which includes a start at guard against Kansas City. The Steelers improved to 5-5 to move into a tie for first place in the AFC North with Baltimore. The Steelers travel to play at Indianapolis on Thanksgiving Night.

Glenn Gronkowski, FB – New England Patriots
For the third time this year, Gronkowski was signed to New England’s practice squad. He originally entered the NFL as an undrafted rookie free agent with Buffalo and played for the Bills in Week 1 this year. The Patriots won at San Francisco on Sunday, 30-17, to move to 8-2 on the year and remain in first place in the AFC East. New England travels to face the New York Jets this Sunday.

Emmanuel Lamur, LB – Minnesota Vikings
A fifth-year linebacker, Lamur played both defense and special teams in the Vikings’ 30-24 victory against Arizona 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 snapped a four-game losing streak with the win, improving to 6-4 to tie for first place in the NFC North. Sole possession of first place in the division is up for grabs on Thanksgiving when the Vikings travel to face Detroit.

Tyler Lockett, WR/Returner – Seattle Seahawks
A second-year pro, Lockett caught two passes for 39 yards – including a 30-yarder down to the three-yard line – while he returned three punts for 31 yards and a kickoff for seven yards to help Seattle defeat Philadelphia, 26-15. A rookie Pro Bowl selection a year ago, Lockett has 23 catches for 325 yards this year to go along with a 9.9-yard punt return average and a 25.6-yard kickoff return average, the latter ranking fourth in the league. More importantly, Lockett and another former Wildcat and current Philadelphia Eagle Darren Sproles were honored on the TV broadcast for being nominees for the 2016 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award. Seattle improved its lead in the NFC West with a 7-2-1 record, and the Seahawks travel to face Tampa Bay this Sunday.

Highlights: 30-yd catch | Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award Nominee

Cornelius Lucas, OL – Detroit Lions
Lucas, a third-year player, was inactive for Detroit’s 26-19 home victory over Jacksonville on Sunday. Lucas was an undrafted rookie free agent signee in 2014 who has played in 34 career games with six starts. The Lions are tied for first place in the NFC North with Minnesota as both teams are 6-4 and square off in Detroit on Thanksgiving Day.

Jordy Nelson, WR – Green Bay Packers
Nelson, a ninth-year pro, caught three passes for 28 yards – including a 13-yard touchdown reception – in Green Bay’s 42-24 loss at Washington on Sunday. On injured reserve for the entire 2015 season, Nelson has 53 receptions for 663 yards and nine touchdowns this year, the latter leading the NFL this year and moving him into sole possession of fourth in Green Bay history with 58 in his career. The Riley, Kansas, product remains in fifth place in franchise history in catches (453) and sixth place in yards (6,772). The Packers dropped their fourth-straight contest and fifth in the last six games to drop to 4-6 on the year. Green Bay travel to face Philadelphia next Monday night.

Terence Newman, CB – Minnesota Vikings
A 14th-year veteran who is with his second season with Minnesota, Newman carded a pair of tackles in the Vikings’ 30-24 victory against Arizona on Sunday. Additionally, he was named this week a nominee for the NFL’s 2016 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award. A native of Salina, Kansas, Newman did not start for a second-straight game but played in his 199th career game, which includes 195 starts. Newman improved his career tackle total to 828 tackles, while he has two career sacks to go along with 166 passes defended and 41 interceptions. His 41 picks rank second among active players. With the win, Minnesota is now tied for first place in the NFC North with the Detroit Lions at 6-4 as the teams meet on Thanksgiving in Detroit.
Highlight: Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award Nominee

Darren Sproles, RB/Returner – Philadelphia Eagles
Sproles, a 12th-year veteran, started a running back and rushed twice for 15 yards, caught a pass for six yards and returned a punt 15 yards in Philadelphia’s 26-15 loss at Seattle on Sunday. In 10 games this season, the 2016 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award nominee has accounted for 319 yards on the ground to go along with 304 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 18,757 yards. He is 140 yards behind current Baltimore Raven wide receiver Steve Smith for seventh place. Philadelphia holds a 5-5 record this year and hosts Green Bay next Monday night.
Highlight: Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award Nominee

Cody Whitehair, OL – Chicago Bears
A second-round pick in this year’s draft, Whitehair started at center for the 10th time this year and played in all 64 offensive plays in Chicago’s 22-16 loss at the New York Giants on Sunday. Chicago fell to 2-8 with the loss and hosts Tennessee this Sunday.