Wildcats in the NFL – Week 12
Wildcats in the NFL – Week 12
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Each week
throughout the 2015 season, k-statesports.com will recap the week for
the 10 former Kansas State football players currently in the NFL.
Arthur Brown, LB – Baltimore Ravens
Brown, a third-year linebacker for Baltimore, carded a special teams tackle in the Ravens’ 33-27 last-second win at Cleveland on Monday night, a game that ended on a blocked field goal return. A second-round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft, Brown has played in 29 career games and made 17 tackles. Baltimore is now 4-7 this season.
Randall Evans, DB – Philadelphia Eagles
A 2015 sixth-round draft pick by Philadelphia, Evans is on the Eagles’ practice squad. Philadelphia lost at Detroit on Thanksgiving, 45-14. Despite the loss, the Eagles are still only one game out of first place in the NFC East at 4-7.
B.J. Finney, OL – Pittsburgh Steelers
Finney, an undrafted rookie free agent, is on Pittsburgh’s practice squad. The Steelers lost at Seattle on Sunday, 39-30, to fall to 6-5 and remain in second place in the AFC North.
Emmanuel Lamur, LB – Cincinnati Bengals
Lamur, an undrafted rookie free agent signee by Cincinnati in 2012, came away with a pair of tackles as the Bengals’ snapped a two-game losing skid with a 31-7 win over St. Louis on Sunday. In three-plus years, Lamur has 143 tackles, a half sack, 10 passes defended and two interceptions. After starting the season 8-0, Cincinnati lost two-straight before Sunday victory as the Bengals are now 9-2 and hold a three-game lead in the AFC North.
Tyler Lockett, WR/Returner – Seattle Seahawks
A third-round selection in this year’s draft, Lockett made his fifth start of the season and caught three passes for 38 yards in addition to returning five kickoffs for a 29.6-yard average – including a long of 54 yards – in the Seahawks’ 39-30 home win over Pittsburgh on Sunday. Just the second rookie in NFL history with touchdowns via a reception, kickoff return and punt return, Lockett has hauled in 28 passes for 346 yards and three touchdowns, returned 24 kicks for 608 yards (25.3-yard average) and 29 punts for 196 yards (6.8-yard average). He ranks third in the NFL in total kickoff-return yards and fourth in average among players with 20 or more returns. He ranks eighth with 1,156 all-purpose yards. Seattle remains in second place in the NFC West at 6-5.
Cornelius Lucas, OL – Detroit Lions
An undrafted rookie free agent signee last year, Lucas played in Detroit’s 45-14 blowout win over Philadelphia on Thanksgiving. Lucas has played in 10 games this year after playing in 15 games a year ago. After starting the season 1-7, Detroit has won three-straight to improve to 4-7.
Jordy Nelson, WR – Green Bay Packers
A Pro Bowler in 2014, Nelson is on injured reserve for the entire 2015 season 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 fell at home on Thanksgiving night to Chicago, 17-13, to fall to 7-4. Green Bay is one game back of Minnesota in the NFC North.
Terence Newman, CB – Minnesota Vikings
A 13-year veteran and first-year member of the Minnesota Vikings, Newman tallied two tackles, an interception and a pass breakup in 20-10 victory at Atlanta on Sunday. His interception came in the end zone to halt a potential Falcon scoring drive. Newman, who has made 183 career starts in 185 games, has 782 career tackles, two sacks, 157 passes defended and 40 interceptions. The Vikings improved to 8-3 on the year and took a one-game lead over Green Bay in the NFC North.
Darren Sproles, RB/Returner – Philadelphia Eagles
In the midst of his 11th NFL season, Sproles was Philadelphia’s leading receiver in the Eagles’ 45-14 loss at Detroit on Thanksgiving. The running back hauled in four passes for 21 yards, rushed twice for four yards and returned a pair of punts for three yards. He now has 17,450 career all-purpose yards, which ranks 12th in NFL history and second among active players. He is 198 all-purpose yards away from tying Marcus Allen for 11th and 718 yards from tying Herschel Walker for 10th. The Eagles fell to 4-7 on the season but remain just one game out of first place in the NFC East.
Justin Tuggle, LB – Houston Texans
An undrafted rookie free agent signee by Houston prior to the 2013 season, Tuggle made one special teams tackle in the Texans’ 24-6 home win over New Orleans on Sunday. In his two-plus year career, Tuggle has made 71 tackles, two passes defended and one interception. After starting the season 2-5, Houston has recorded four-straight wins to improve to 6-5 and tie for first place in the AFC South.
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