Wildcats in the NFL – Week 8

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
Brown, a third-year linebacker for Baltimore, played in the Ravens’ 29-26 home victory over San Diego on Sunday. A second-round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft, Brown has played in 21 career games and made 16 tackles. Baltimore improved to 2-6 with the win.

Bryce Brown, RB – Seattle Seahawks
Brown signed with Seattle last week but was inactive for the Seahawks’ 13-12 victory at Dallas on Sunday. A draft selection in 2012, Brown is now on his third team after playing two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles and just over a year with the Buffalo Bills. Seattle evened its record at 4-4 with the win.

Randall Evans, DB – Philadelphia Eagles
A 2015 sixth-round draft pick by Philadelphia, Evans is on the Eagles’ practice squad. Philadelphia enjoyed a bye last week and enters week nine with a 3-4 record.

B.J. Finney, OL – Pittsburgh Steelers
Finney, an undrafted rookie free agent who was cut by the Steelers prior to the regular season, was signed to Pittsburgh’s practice squad last month. The Steelers fell at home to Cincinnati on Sunday, 16-10, to fall to 4-4.

Emmanuel Lamur, LB – Cincinnati Bengals
Lamur, an undrafted rookie free agent signee by Cincinnati in 2012, recorded a pair of tackles in the Bengals’ 16-10 victory at Pittsburgh on Sunday. In three-plus years, Lamur has 132 tackles, a half sack, nine passes defended and two interceptions. Cincinnati improved to 7-0, one of four teams to be undefeated through the first eight weeks.

Tyler Lockett, WR/Returner – Seattle Seahawks
A third-round selection in this year’s draft, Lockett recorded 66 all-purpose yards – including 36 receiving yards on three catches – in Seattle’s 13-12 victory over Dallas on Sunday. Lockett also returned one punt for 12 yards and one kickoff for 18 yards. Lockett, just the second rookie in NFL history with touchdowns via a reception, kickoff return and punt return, has 356 total kickoff-return yards this year ranks to rank sixth in the NFL, while his 25.4-yard average is seventh among players with 10 or more returns. Lockett is also eighth with 805 all-purpose yards through eight weeks of play. The Seahawks evened their record at 4-4 with the win.

Cornelius Lucas, OL – Detroit Lions
An undrafted rookie free agent signee by Detroit last year, Lucas played in Detroit’s 45-10 loss to Kansas City in London on Sunday. Lucas has played in all eight games this year after playing in 15 games last year, while he also started the Lions’ playoff game at Dallas. Detroit fell to 1-7 with the loss.

Ryan Mueller, OLB – San Diego Chargers
Mueller, an undrafted free agent signee by San Diego this summer, is on the Chargers’ practice squad. San Diego loss at Baltimore on Sunday, 29-26, to fall to 2-6 on the season.

Jordy Nelson, WR – Green Bay Packers
A Pro Bowler in 2014, Nelson is on injured reserve for 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 fell at Denver on Sunday night, 29-10, to suffer its first loss of the season and fall to 6-1.

Terence Newman, CB – Minnesota Vikings
A 13-year veteran, Newman recorded a team-high eight tackles and a pass breakup in 23-20 comeback victory at Chicago on Sunday. Newman has now played in 181 career games, including 179 starts, as he plays for his third NFL team (Dallas: 2003-11, Cincinnati: 2012-14). In his career, Newman has recorded 771 tackles, two sacks, 150 passes defended and 37 interceptions in his career. Minnesota improved to 5-2 this season, one game behind Green Bay for first place in the NFC North.

Darren Sproles, RB/Returner – Philadelphia Eagles
Playing in his 11th NFL season, Sproles and the Philadelphia Eagles were off last week. Sproles has 17,220 career all-purpose yards, which ranks 15th in NFL history and second among active players. He is now 948 all-purpose yards away from the top 10 in NFL history. The Eagles are 3-4 this year.

Justin Tuggle, LB – Houston Texans
An undrafted rookie free agent signee by Houston prior to the 2013 season, Tuggle made one special teams tackle in Houston’s 20-6 home victory over Tennessee on Sunday. In his two-plus year career, Tuggle has made 68 tackles, two passes defended and recorded one interception. Houston improved to 3-5 with the win.