Wildcats in the NFL – Week 9

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 in his first season with Jacksonville, Brown was on the field for 25 special teams plays and made one tackle in in the Jaguars’ 19-14 loss at Kansas City on Sunday. A former second-round pick, Brown has seen time in 41 career games and made 20 tackles. Jacksonville fell to 2-6 on the season and hosts Houston this Sunday.

B.J. Finney, OL – Pittsburgh Steelers
Finney, an undrafted rookie free agent in 2015 who spent last year on the practice squad, did not start but ended up playing 72-percent of the offensive snaps at center in Pittsburgh’s 21-14 loss at Baltimore on Sunday. A native of Andale, Kansas, Finney made his seventh appearance of the year, which includes a start at guard last month against Kansas City. Pittsburgh fell to an even 4-4 record, which puts the Steelers in a first-place tie in the AFC North. The Steelers host Dallas this Sunday.

Glenn Gronkowski, FB – New England Patriots
Gronkowski, an undrafted rookie free agent, was on the practice squad for the New England Patriots last week but was released for a third time by the organization on Monday. Gronkowski originally entered the league with Buffalo and played for the Bills in Week 1, but he was released the next day.

Emmanuel Lamur, LB – Minnesota Vikings
A fifth-year linebacker, Lamur saw his most extensive action on defense as he made two defensive tackles in addition to a special teams stop in Minnesota’s 22-16 overtime loss to Detroit on Sunday. Lamur, who played his first four seasons in Cincinnati, has 157 career tackles, a half sack, 10 passes defended and two interceptions in his four-plus seasons. After starting the year 5-0, the Vikings lost their third-straight game but remain in first place in the NFC North at 5-3. Minnesota travels to Washington this Sunday.

Tyler Lockett, WR/Returner – Seattle Seahawks
A second-year pro, Lockett recorded 93 all-purpose yards – rushing once for 13 yards, catching two passes for 17 yards, returning two punts for 20 yards and a kickoff for 43 yards – in Seattle’s 31-25 Monday night home victory over Buffalo. A rookie Pro Bowl selection a year ago, Lockett has 18 catches for 214 yards this year in addition to a 10.8-yard punt return average and a 26.7-yard kickoff return average, the latter ranking third in the league. The Seahawks improved to 5-2-1 on the year to take hold of first place in the NFC West and travel to New England this Sunday.
Highlights: 13-yd run | Punt Return

Cornelius Lucas, OL – Detroit Lions
Lucas, an undrafted rookie free agent signee in 2014, was in for four offensive plays – primarily as an eligible sixth offensive lineman – in Detroit’s 22-16 overtime victory at Minnesota on Sunday. Lucas has played in 34 career games with six starts. After beginning the year 1-3, the Lions have won four of their last five and are a half game back of the Vikings in the NFC North standings prior to their bye next week.

Jordy Nelson, WR – Green Bay Packers
Nelson, a ninth-year pro, hauled in seven receptions for 94 yards – which included a 26-yard touchdown – but Green Bay dropped a home contest to Indianapolis, 31-26, on Sunday. On injured reserve for the entire 2015 season, Nelson has 38 receptions for 509 yards and seven touchdowns this year, the latter ranking second in the NFL. The Riley, Kansas, product ranks fifth in Green Bay history in career receiving touchdowns (56), while he moved into sole possession of sixth in catches (438) and moved into seventh place in yards (6,618). The Packers lost for a third time in their last four games to drop to 4-4 overall and into third place in the NFC North standings. Green Bay travels to Tennessee this Sunday.

Highlight: 9-yd catch

Terence Newman, CB – Minnesota Vikings
A 14th-year veteran who is with his second season with Minnesota, Newman made two tackles – including one for a loss – and batted away a pass but it wasn’t enough as the Vikings fell to Detroit, 22-16, in overtime on Sunday. A native of Salina, Kansas, Newman has made 195 career starts in 197 career games, has 825 tackles, two sacks, 165 passes defended and 41 interceptions in his career. His 41 picks rank second among active players. Minnesota, which began the year 5-0, suffered a third-consecutive loss but still leads the NFC North at 5-3. The Vikings play at Washington this Sunday.

Darren Sproles, RB/Returner – Philadelphia Eagles
Sproles, a 12th-year veteran who started at running back, came away with another 147 all-purpose yards in Philadelphia’s 28-23 loss at the New York Giants on Sunday. The Olathe, Kansas, product led the team with 57 rushing yards on 13 carries, had 14 yards on three receptions and totaled 76 punt-return yards on two attempts, which included a 66-yarder. In eight games this season, Sproles has accounted for 285 yards on the ground to go along with 241 receiving yards and a 14.1-yard punt return average, which ranks third in the NFL. Sproles remains in eighth place all-time in NFL history in all-purpose yards, a mark that now stands at 18,645 yards. He is 93 yards behind current Baltimore Raven Steve Smith for seventh place. The Eagles, who started the season 3-0, lost for the fourth time in the last five games and now stand at 4-4 prior to hosting Atlanta this Sunday.

Cody Whitehair, OL – Chicago Bears
A second-round pick in this year’s draft, Whitehair and the Chicago Bears enjoyed their bye week. The Abilene, Kansas, product has started all eight games at center for the 2-6 Bears, who travel to Tampa Bay this Sunday.