Wildcats in the NFL – Week 3

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 playing his first season with Jacksonville, played on both defense and special teams in the Jaguars’ 19-17 home loss to Baltimore on Sunday. A second-round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft, Brown has played in 36 career games and made 17 tackles. Jacksonville fell to 0-3 with the loss.

B.J. Finney, OL – Pittsburgh Steelers
An undrafted rookie free agent in 2015 who spent last year on the practice squad, Finney saw his most extensive NFL action Sunday in Pittsburgh’s 34-3 loss at Philadelphia on Sunday. The Andale, Kansas, product saw time on 38 offensive plays – accounting for 63-percent of the Steelers’ offensive snaps – in addition to a pair of special teams plays. Pittsburgh suffered its first loss of the season to fall to 2-1.

Emmanuel Lamur, LB – Minnesota Vikings
Lamur, an undrafted rookie free agent signee in 2012, recorded one tackle in the Minnesota’s 22-10 road victory at Carolina on Sunday. A fifth-year linebacker, who played his first four seasons in Cincinnati, Lamur has 152 career tackles, a half sack, 10 passes defended and two interceptions in his four-plus seasons. The Vikings are one of five NFL teams with a perfect 3-0 record.

Tyler Lockett, WR/Returner – Seattle Seahawks
Nursing an injury sustained last week at Los Angeles, Lockett was limited on offense but did return three punts for a 23.3-yard average – including a season-long return of 62 yards – in Seattle’s 37-18 victory over San Francisco on Sunday. A rookie Pro Bowl selection a year ago, Lockett has seven catches for 116 yards and returned six punts for an 18.3-yard average to rank third in the NFL. Seattle improved to 2-1 on the year.
Highlight: 62-yd punt return

Cornelius Lucas, OL – Detroit Lions
Lucas, an undrafted rookie free agent signee in 2014, was in active for the Lions’ 34-27 setback at Green Bay on Sunday.

Jordy Nelson, WR – Green Bay Packers
For the first time since December 21, 2014, Nelson recorded a 100-yard receiving game as he carded six receptions for 101 yards and two touchdowns in Green Bay’s 34-27 victory Sunday over Detroit. Nelson’s first touchdown catch came late in the first quarter, an eight-yard pass, to extend the Packer lead to 14-3. Almost exactly 15 minutes later, Nelson hauled in a 17-yard pass to compete a 67-yard drive and put Green Bay on top, 31-3, going into the half. Nelson, who was on injured reserve for the entire 2015 season with an injury sustained during the preseason, has 17 receptions for 206 yards and an NFL-leading four touchdowns through three games. The Riley, Kansas, product ranks sixth in Green Bay history in career receiving touchdowns (53), while he is eighth in catches (417) and ninth in yards (6,315). The Packers improved to 2-1 with their home-opening win.

Other Highlights: 8-yd TD | 49-yd reception | Postgame Article

Terence Newman, CB – Minnesota Vikings
Newman tallied four tackles and his 41st career interception – the second most among active players – in Minnesota’s 22-10 victory at Carolina on Sunday. A 14-year veteran, Newman has 13 tackles through three games as the former first-round draft pick made his 190th career start in his 192nd career game. He now has 816 tackles, two sacks, 162 passes defended and 41 interceptions in his career. Minnesota improved to 3-0, one of five NFL teams to be undefeated through three weeks of play.

Darren Sproles, RB/Returner – Philadelphia Eagles
Sproles had his most productive game of the year, accounting for 143 all-purpose yards in the Eagles’ 34-3 win over in-state rival Pittsburgh on Sunday. The 12th-year veteran hauled in a team-high six receptions for 128 yards, which featured a 73-yard touchdown late in the first half. In three games this year, Sproles has 160 receiving yards to rank second in the NFL among running backs. With the Week 3 outburst, Sproles now has 18,208 career all-purpose yards to pass Herschel Walker for 10th in NFL history, while he ranks second among active players. He is 100 yards away from tying Barry Sanders for ninth all-time. The 3-0 Eagles are one of five undefeated teams in three weeks of play.

Cody Whitehair, OL – Chicago Bears
A second-round pick in this year’s draft, Whitehair started at center and played all 56 offensive snaps for the Bears in their 31-17 loss at Dallas on Sunday night. Whitehair has now started all three games this year at center. The Bears fell to 0-3 on the season.