Wildcats in the NFL – Week 2

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
A fourth-year linebacker who was waived by Baltimore during final cuts and quickly snatched up by the Jaguars, Brown played on special teams in Jacksonville’s 38-14 loss at San Diego on Sunday. A second-round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft, Brown has played in 36 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 was active but did not play in Pittsburgh’s 24-16 victory over Cincinnati on Sunday. Pittsburgh improved to 2-0 with the win.

Emmanuel Lamur, LB – Minnesota Vikings
Lamur, an undrafted rookie free agent signee in 2012, played in the Vikings’ 17-14 victory over Green Bay on Sunday night as Minnesota played its first regular-season game ever in U.S. Bank Stadium. A fifth-year linebacker who played his first four seasons in Cincinnati, 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
A rookie Pro Bowl selection a year ago, Lockett caught four passes for 99 yards in Seattle’s 9-3 loss at Los Angeles on Sunday. Lockett, who was injured during the second quarter, came back and immediately made an impact with a 53-yard reception in the fourth quarter, while he also had a 35-yarder in the first quarter. Lockett has seven catches for 116 yards and returned three punts for 40 yards (13.3-yd avg) this year for the 1-1 Seahawks.

Other Highlight: 35-yd catch

Cornelius Lucas, OL – Detroit Lions
An undrafted rookie free agent signee in 2014, Lucas was in active for Detroit’s 16-15 defeat at home to Tennessee on Sunday.

Jordy Nelson, WR – Green Bay Packers
Nelson, who was matched up against former K-State cornerback Terence Newman for a majority of the evening, came away with five receptions for 73 yards and a touchdown, but it wasn’t enough as Green Bay fell at Minnesota, 17-14, Sunday night. Nelson hauled in a one-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter, while he had a season long 39-yard reception in the fourth quarter. Nelson, who was on injured reserve for the entire 2015 season with an injury sustained during the preseason, has totaled 411 receptions for 6,214 yards and 51 touchdowns in his eight-plus year career. The Riley, Kansas, product ranks sixth in Green Bay history in career receiving touchdowns, while he is eighth in catches and ninth in yards. The Packers dropped to 1-1 with the loss.

Other Highlight: 39-yd catch

Terence Newman, CB – Minnesota Vikings
Going up against former Wildcat receiver Jordy Nelson and the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night, Newman tallied two tackles and two pass breakups for Minnesota as the Vikings opened the new U.S. Bank Stadium with a 17-14 victory. A 14-year veteran, Newman has nine tackles through two games as the former first-round draft pick made his 189th career start in his 191st career game. He now has 812 tackles, two sacks, 161 passes defended and 40 interceptions in his career. Minnesota is 2-0 to begin the 2016 season.

Darren Sproles, RB/Returner – Philadelphia Eagles
Starting a running back Monday night at Chicago, Sproles was Philadelphia’s leading rusher in its 29-14 victory. The 12th year veteran, who was named to his second Pro Bowl last year, rushed for 40 yards on 12 carries and caught two passes for eight yards. Through two games, he has 52 rushing yards, 32 receiving yards in addition to 59 punt-return yards on four attempts (14.8-yd avg) and 19 kickoff-return yards on one return. Sproles now has 18,065 career all-purpose yards to rank 11th in NFL history, while he is second among active players. He is 103 all-purpose yards away from tying Herschel Walker for 10th all-time. The Eagles improved to 2-0 with the win.

Cody Whitehair, OL – Chicago Bears
Whitehair, a second-round pick in this year’s draft, started at center and played all 52 offensive snaps for Chicago in the Bears’ 29-14 loss at home to Philadelphia on Monday night. Whitehair, who started his second game ever at center post-high school, made a key block on Chicago’s second-quarter touchdown run. The Bears fell to 0-2 on the season.
Highlight: Block on TD run (#65)