Wildcats in the NFL – Week 6

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 played on 24 special teams plays in Jacksonville’s 17-16 victory at Chicago on Sunday. A fourth-year linebacker, Brown has seen time in 38 career games and made 18 tackles. The Jaguars are 2-3 entering Week 7 play against Oakland.

B.J. Finney, OL – Pittsburgh Steelers
An undrafted rookie free agent in 2015 who spent last year on the practice squad, Finney played in Pittsburgh’s 30-15 loss at Miami on Sunday. Finney has seen action in five of the Steelers’ six games this season, including one start. Despite the loss, Pittsburgh still leads the AFC North with a 4-2 record and hosts New England in Week 7.

Emmanuel Lamur, LB – Minnesota Vikings
Lamur and the Minnesota Vikings enjoyed their bye week. 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. With New England’s loss on Sunday, Minnesota is now the lone unbeaten team in the NFL at 5-0 as the Vikings travel to Philadelphia in Week 7.

Tyler Lockett, WR/Returner – Seattle Seahawks
Lockett carded 131 all-purpose yards – including 85 yards on four kickoff returns – in Seattle’s 26-24 home win over Atlanta on Sunday. A rookie Pro Bowl selection a year ago, Lockett has 11 catches for 152 yards this year in addition to 11 punt returns for a 12.6-yard average to rank eighth in the NFL. The Seahawks improved to 4-1 with the win and hold a one-game lead in the NFL West as they travel to Arizona in Week 7.

Cornelius Lucas, OL – Detroit Lions
An undrafted rookie free agent signee in 2014, Lucas was active for the first time this season and played on five special teams plays in 31-28 home win over Los Angeles on Sunday. Lucas has now played in 31 career games with six starts. The Lions improved to 3-3 and host Washington in Week 7.

Jordy Nelson, WR – Green Bay Packers
Nelson recorded five catches for 68 yards, including a 25-yarder, but it wasn’t enough as Green Bay fell at home to Dallas, 30-16, on Sunday. On injured reserve for the entire 2015 season with an injury sustained during the preseason, Nelson has 26 receptions for 312 yards and an NFL-leading five touchdowns through five games. The Riley, Kansas, product ranks fifth in Green Bay history in career receiving touchdowns (54), while he moved into seventh place in catches (426) and ranks eighth in yards (6,421). The Packers fell to 3-2 with the loss and host Chicago on Thursday night.
Highlight: 25-yd catch

Terence Newman, CB – Minnesota Vikings
A 14th-year veteran who is with his second season with Minnesota, Newman and the Vikings were off last week. The Salina, Kansas, who has made 192 career starts in 194 career games, has 820 tackles, two sacks, 164 passes defended and 41 interceptions in his career. His 41 picks rank second among active players. Minnesota is now the lone unbeaten team in the NFL at 5-0 and travel to Philadelphia in Week 7.

Darren Sproles, RB/Returner – Philadelphia Eagles
Sproles, a 12th-year veteran, recorded 55 all-purpose yards in the Eagles’ 27-20 loss at Washington on Sunday. The Olathe, Kansas, product rushed for 20 yards to go along with four receiving yards and 31 yards on three punt returns. In five games this season, Sproles has accounted for 187 receiving yards to go along with 116 rushing yards and an 11.2-yard punt return average. With this effort in Week 6, Sproles moved into ninth place all-time in career all-purpose yards with 18,337 as he passed Barry Sanders. Sproles now his sights set on LaDainian Tomlinson, who is eighth with 18,456 career yards. The Eagles dropped their second-straight game to fall to 3-2 and host undefeated Minnesota in Week 7.



Cody Whitehair, OL – Chicago Bears
Whitehair, a second-round pick in this year’s draft, started at center and played all 80 offensive snaps for Chicago in a 17-16 home loss to Jacksonville on Sunday. Whitehair has started all six games this year at center for the 1-5 Bears.