Wildcats in the NFL – Week 4

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 playing his first season with Jacksonville, Brown recorded a tackle on kickoff coverage in the Jaguars’ 30-27 victory over Indianapolis Sunday at Wembley Stadium in London, England. Brown, who saw time on 25 plays to equate to 81-percent of Jacksonville’s total special teams plays, has seen time in 37 career games and made 18 tackles. Jacksonville is in a three-way tie for second place in the AFC South at 1-3.

B.J. Finney, OL – Pittsburgh Steelers
An undrafted rookie free agent in 2015 who spent last year on the practice squad, Finney earned his first-career NFL start and played on all 59 offensive plays in Pittsburgh’s 43-14 Sunday-night win over Kansas City. The Andale, Kansas, native, who also saw time on five special teams plays, has played in three of the Steelers’ four games this season. Pittsburgh improved to 3-1 as it is tied with Baltimore atop the AFC North.

Glenn Gronkowski, FB – New England Patriots
An undrafted rookie free agent, Gronkowski joined his brother older brother, Rob, in New England as the Patriots signed him to the practice squad last week. Gronkowski originally signed with Buffalo and play for the Bills in Week 1, but he was released the next day. New England fell to the Bills, 16-0, on Sunday but still holds an AFC East-leading 3-1 record.

Emmanuel Lamur, LB – Minnesota Vikings
An undrafted rookie free agent signee in 2012, Lamur saw time on 70-percent of Minnesota’s special teams plays as the Vikings defeated the New York Giants, 24-10, at home on Monday night. 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 three undefeated teams and one of only two to do so in four games.

Tyler Lockett, WR/Returner – Seattle Seahawks
Lockett recorded one catch for 13 yards and returned a pair of punts for eight yards in Seattle’s 27-17 victory at the New York Jets on Sunday. A rookie Pro Bowl selection a year ago, Lockett has eight catches for 129 yards this year in addition to eight punt returns for a 14.8-yard average to rank fourth in the NFL. The Seahawks improved to 3-1.

Cornelius Lucas, OL – Detroit Lions
An undrafted rookie free agent signee in 2014, Lucas was in active for Detroit’s 17-14 defeat at Chicago on Sunday. The Lions fell to 1-3 with the loss.

Jordy Nelson, WR – Green Bay Packers
Nelson and the Green Bay Packers were idle last week. On injured reserve for the entire 2015 season with an injury sustained during the preseason, Nelson 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 enter Week 5 with a 2-1 record.

Terence Newman, CB – Minnesota Vikings
A 14th-year veteran who is with his second season with Minnesota, Newman recorded four tackles in the Vikings’ 24-10 home victory over the New York Giants on Monday night. The Salina, Kansas, product has recorded 17 tackles through four games as the former first-round draft pick made his 191st career start in his 193rd career game. He now has 820 tackles, two sacks, 162 passes defended and 41 interceptions in his career. His 41 picks rank second among active players. Minnesota improved to 4-0, one of three NFL teams to be undefeated through four weeks of play.

Darren Sproles, RB/Returner – Philadelphia Eagles
Sproles and the Philadelphia Eagles were off last week. In three games this season, the 12th-year veteran has 160 receiving yards to go along with 51 rushing yards and a 12.5-yard punt return average. Sproles ranks 10th in NFL history with 18,208 career all-purpose yards, a mark that ranks second among active players. He is 100 yards away from tying Barry Sanders for ninth all-time. The 3-0 Eagles travel to Detroit next week.

Cody Whitehair, OL – Chicago Bears

Whitehair, a second-round pick in this year’s draft, started at center and played all 69 offensive snaps for the Bears in their 17-14 home win over Detroit on Sunday. Whitehair has now started all four games this year at center. The Bears picked up their first victory of the season, improving to 1-3.