Wildcats in the NFL – Week 5

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
Brown and Jacksonville were idle last week following a 30-27 win over Indianapolis in London in Week 5. A fourth-year linebacker, Brown has seen time in 37 career games and made 18 tackles. Jacksonville enters a Week 6 matchup at Chicago with a 1-3 record.

B.J. Finney, OL – Pittsburgh Steelers
Finney, an undrafted rookie free agent in 2015 who spent last year on the practice squad, saw time on six special teams plays in Pittsburgh’s 31-13 home victory over the New York Jets on Sunday. Finney has played in four of the Steelers’ five games this season, including one start. Pittsburgh holds an AFC North-leading 4-1 record and is at Miami this week.

Glenn Gronkowski, FB – New England Patriots
Gronkowski, an undrafted rookie free agent who originally signed and played Week 1 with the Buffalo Bills, is on the New England practice squad. The Patriots earned a 33-13 victory at Cleveland on Sunday, improving to 4-1 to lead the AFC East. New England hosts Cincinnati on Sunday.

Emmanuel Lamur, LB – Minnesota Vikings
Lamur played on 19 special teams plays and picked up a pair of tackles in Minnesota’s 31-13 home victory over Houston on Sunday. A fifth-year linebacker who played his first four seasons in Cincinnati, Lamur has 154 career tackles, a half sack, 10 passes defended and two interceptions in his four-plus seasons. The Vikings are the only undefeated team left in the NFL, sitting at 5-0, and are off this week.

Tyler Lockett, WR/Returner – Seattle Seahawks
Lockett and the Seattle Seahawks enjoyed their bye last week. 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 fifth in the NFL. The Seahawks, 3-1, enter a Week 6 showdown against 4-1 Atlanta.

Cornelius Lucas, OL – Detroit Lions
Lucas, an undrafted rookie free agent signee in 2014, was inactive for Detroit’s 24-23 last-minute win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, a victory that improved Detroit’s record to 2-3. The Lions host Los Angeles this week.

Jordy Nelson, WR – Green Bay Packers
Nelson came away with four receptions for 38 yards – including a two-yard touchdown grab – in Green Bay’s 23-16 Sunday-night victory over the New York Giants. On injured reserve for the entire 2015 season with an injury sustained during the preseason, Nelson has 21 receptions for 244 yards and an NFL-leading five touchdowns through four games. The Riley, Kansas, product moved into fifth place in Green Bay history in career receiving touchdowns (54), while he moved into eighth place in yards (6,353) and remained in eighth place in catches (421). The Packers improved to 3-1 with the win to sit in second place in the NFC North prior to a Week 6 matchup against Dallas.

Terence Newman, CB – Minnesota Vikings
Newman, a 14th-year veteran who is with his second season with Minnesota, tallied a pair of pass breakups in Minnesota’s 31-13 home victory over Houston on Sunday. The Salina, Kansas, product has recorded 17 tackles through five games as the former first-round draft pick made his 192nd career start in his 194th career game. He now has 820 tackles, two sacks, 164 passes defended and 41 interceptions in his career. His 41 picks rank second among active players. Minnesota improved to 5-0, the last remaining undefeated team in the NFL, and is off this week.

Darren Sproles, RB/Returner – Philadelphia Eagles
A 12th-year veteran, Sproles tallied 74 all-purpose yards – including a team-leading 45 yards on five rushing attempts – but it wasn’t enough as the Eagles fell at Detroit, 24-23, on Sunday. In four games this season, Sproles has accounted for 183 receiving yards to go along with 96 rushing yards and an 11.6-yard punt return average. Sproles ranks 10th in NFL history with 18,282 career all-purpose yards, a mark that ranks second among active players. He is 26 yards away from tying Barry Sanders for ninth all-time. The Eagles dropped their first game of the year to fall to 3-1 and are at Washington this Sunday.
Highlight: 15-yd run

Cody Whitehair, OL – Chicago Bears
A second-round pick in this year’s draft, Whitehair started at center and played all 66 offensive snaps for the Bears in their 29-23 defeat at the hands of the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. Whitehair has now started all five games this year at center. The Bears fell to 1-4 with the loss and host Jacksonville on Sunday.