Wildcats in the NFL – Week 8

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, a fourth-year linebacker who is in his first season with Jacksonville, saw time on 26 special teams plays in the Jaguars’ 36-15 loss at Tennessee last Thursday. A former second-round pick, Brown has seen time in 40 career games and made 19 tackles. Jacksonville, which is 2-5 on the year, travels to Kansas City this Sunday.

B.J. Finney, OL – Pittsburgh Steelers
An undrafted rookie free agent in 2015 who spent last year on the practice squad, Finney and the Pittsburgh Steelers were off last week. A native of Andale, Kansas, Finney has seen action in six of Pittsburgh’s seven games this season, including one start. Pittsburgh holds a 4-3 record, tops in the AFC North, and travels to Baltimore on Sunday.

Glenn Gronkowski, FB – New England Patriots

Gronkowski, an undrafted rookie free agent, is on the practice squad for the New England Patriots, which picked up a 41-25 victory at Buffalo on Sunday. Gronkowski originally entered the league with Buffalo and played for the Bills in Week 1, but he was released the next day. The Patriots hold the best record in the NFL at 7-1 as they enter their bye week.

Emmanuel Lamur, LB – Minnesota Vikings
Lamur played in Minnesota’s 20-10 loss at Chicago on Monday night. 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 fell for a second-consecutive week and now stand at 5-2 on the year, a game ahead of Green Bay in the NFC North. Minnesota hosts Detroit this Sunday.

Tyler Lockett, WR/Returner – Seattle Seahawks
Lockett, a second-year pro, tallied 161 all-purpose yards – including 115 yards on four kickoff returns – but it wasn’t enough as Seattle fell late at New Orleans, 25-20. A rookie Pro Bowl selection a year ago, Lockett has 17 catches for 197 yards this year in addition to a 10.9-yard punt return average and a 25.1-yard kickoff return average, the latter ranking fifth in the league. The Seahawks fell to 4-2-1 on the year but lead the NFC West prior to hosting Buffalo next Monday night.

Cornelius Lucas, OL – Detroit Lions
An undrafted rookie free agent signee in 2014, Lucas saw time on 14 offensive plays in Detroit’s 20-13 loss at Houston on Sunday. Lucas has now played in 33 career games with six starts. The Lions fell to 4-4, good for third place in the NFC North, as they travel to Minnesota this Sunday.

Jordy Nelson, WR – Green Bay Packers
A ninth-year pro, Nelson caught four passes for 94 yards – including a 58-yarder – and one touchdown, but Green Bay fell in the final minute at Atlanta, 33-32, on Sunday. On injured reserve for the entire 2015 season, Nelson has 31 receptions for 415 yards and six touchdowns this year, the latter tying him for first in the NFL. The Riley, Kansas, product ranks fifth in Green Bay history in career receiving touchdowns (55), while he moved into a tie for sixth in catches (431) and remains in eighth place in yards (6,524). The Packers, now 4-3 on the year to sit a game back of Minnesota in the NFC North, hosts Indianapolis on Sunday.

Highlight: 58-yd catch

Terence Newman, CB – Minnesota Vikings
Newman, a 14th-year veteran who is with his second season with Minnesota, tallied a pair of tackles in the Vikings’ 20-10 loss at Chicago on Monday night. A native of Salina, Kansas, Newman has made 194 career starts in 196 career games, has 823 tackles, two sacks, 164 passes defended and 41 interceptions in his career. His 41 picks rank second among active players. Minnesota suffered its second-straight loss to drop to 5-2, a game head of Green Bay in the NFC North standings. The Vikings host Detroit this Sunday.

Darren Sproles, RB/Returner – Philadelphia Eagles
A 12th-year veteran who started at running back, Sproles registered a season-high 86 rushing yards in addition to 17 receiving yards and nine yards on kickoff returns, but Philadelphia lost in overtime at Dallas, 29-23, on Sunday night. In seven games this season, the Olathe, Kansas, product has accounted for 228 yards on the ground to go along with 227 receiving yards and a 10.1-yard punt return average. With his effort against the Cowboys, Sproles passed LaDainian Thomlinson – a former teammate of his in San Diego – for eighth place all-time in all-purpose yards, a mark that now stands at 18,498 yards. He is 193 yards behind current Baltimore Raven Steve Smith for seventh place. The Eagles, who fell to 4-3 on the year and are tied for second place in the NFC East, are at the New York Giants this Sunday.

Highlights: 19-yd run | 15-yd run

Cody Whitehair, OL – Chicago Bears
Whitehair, a second-round pick in this year’s draft, started his eighth-straight game at center and helped Chicago to a 20-10 Monday night home victory over NFC North-leading Minnesota. The win improved the Bears to a 2-6 record to their bye week.