Wildcats in the NFL – Week 3
Wildcats in the NFL – Week 3
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Each week
throughout the 2015 season, k-statesports.com will recap the week for
the 11 former Kansas State football players currently in the NFL.
Arthur Brown, LB – Baltimore Ravens
In the midst of his third year in Baltimore, Brown made one special teams tackle in the Ravens’ 28-24 loss at home to Cincinnati on Sunday. A second-round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft, Brown has played in 19 career games and made 16 tackles. Baltimore is 0-3 to begin the season.
Randall Evans, DB – Philadelphia Eagles
Evans, a 2015 sixth-round draft pick by Philadelphia, is on the Eagles’ practice squad. Philadelphia won at the New York Jets on Sunday, 24-17, for its first win of the season.
Chris Harper, WR – New York Giants
Harper, a 2013 draft pick by Seattle who has also played for San Francisco and Green Bay, is on injured reserve for the New York Giants. The Giants won their first game of the year at home over Washington, 32-21, on Thursday night.
Emmanuel Lamur, LB – Cincinnati Bengals
An undrafted rookie free agent signee by Cincinnati in 2012, Lamur totaled three tackles in the Bengals’ 28-24 win at Baltimore on Sunday. In three-plus years, Lamur has 118 tackles, eight passes defended and two interceptions. Cincinnati is 3-0, one of seven teams to be undefeated through the first three weeks.
Tyler Lockett, WR/Returner – Seattle Seahawks
A third-round selection in this year’s draft, Lockett earned his first career start on offense, but it was his special-teams work that stole the show as he returned the opening kickoff of the second half 105 yards for a touchdown - the longest kickoff return in Seahawks' history - to help Seattle earn a 26-0 victory over Chicago on Sunday. Lockett, who had a 57-yard punt-return touchdown in Week 1 at St. Louis, is the second rookie in NFL history (Tony Green, 1978, Washington) to have both a punt-return touchdown and a kickoff-return touchdown in his team’s first three games to start a season. His 240 total kickoff-return yards is first in the NFL, while his 34.6-yard average is second among players with five or more returns. Lockett is also tied for fourth with 385 all-purpose yards through three weeks of play. The Seahawks earned their first win of the season, improving to 1-2.
Video Highlights: 105-yd kickoff return TD | Seahawks Radio Call
Cornelius Lucas, OL – Detroit Lions
An undrafted rookie free agent signee by Detroit last year, Lucas made his third start of the season in the Lions’ 24-12 loss at home to Denver on Sunday night. Lucas played in 15 games and made three starts during the regular season in 2014, while he also started the Lions’ playoff game at Dallas. Detroit is 0-3 to start the 2015 season.
Ryan Mueller, OLB – San Diego Chargers
An undrafted free agent signee by San Diego in 2015, Mueller is on the Chargers’ practice squad. San Diego lost at Minnesota on Sunday, 31-14, to fall to 1-2.
Jordy Nelson, WR – Green Bay Packers
Nelson, a Pro Bowler in 2014, will be out 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. Green Bay defeated Kansas City, 38-28, Monday night to improve to 3-0.
Terence Newman, CB – Minnesota Vikings
Playing in his 13th NFL season, Newman carded four tackles in Minnesota’s 31-14 home win over San Diego on Sunday. It was Newman’s 177th career game played, including his 175th career start, as he plays for his third team (Dallas: 2003-11, Cincinnati: 2012-14). Newman now has 754 tackles, two sacks, 148 passes defended and 37 interceptions in his career. Minnesota is 2-1 on the year.
Darren Sproles, RB/Returner – Philadelphia Eagles
A 10-year NFL veteran, Sproles started at running back and accounted for 125 all-purpose yards – which featured an 89-yard punt return touchdown and a one-yard rushing touchdown – in Philadelphia’s 24-17 win at the New York Jets on Sunday. His punt return was the sixth of his career and the longest of his career. It was the second time in his career he had both a punt-return touchdown and a touchdown run in the same game (Nov. 10, 2014) as he became the fourth player in NFL history to record multiple games with both a punt-return scores and a rushing score. The other three players to do so were Ockie Anderson, Curly Oden and Pro Football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers. Sproles topped 17,000 career all-purpose yards during the game, becoming the 16th player in NFL history to reach the milestone. The Eagles improved to 1-2 on the year.
Video Highlights: 89-yd punt return TD | 1-yd TD run
Justin Tuggle, LB – Houston Texans
An undrafted rookie free agent signee by Houston prior to the 2013 season, Tuggle registered three tackles in Houston’s 19-9 win at Tampa Bay on Sunday. In his two-plus year career, Tuggle has made 60 tackles, two passes defended and recorded one interception. Houston improved to 1-2 on the year.
Video Highlights from NFL.com