Wildcats in the NFL – Week 9

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
A third-year linebacker for Baltimore, Brown and the Ravens were idle last week. A second-round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft, Brown has played in 21 career games and made 16 tackles. Baltimore is 2-6 this season.

Bryce Brown, RB – Seattle Seahawks
Signed by Seattle two weeks ago, Brown and the Seahawks enjoyed a bye week. 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 holds a 4-4 record.

Randall Evans, DB – Philadelphia Eagles
Evans, a 2015 sixth-round draft pick by Philadelphia, is on the Eagles’ practice squad. Philadelphia picked up a 33-27 overtime victory Sunday night at Dallas to improve to 4-4.

B.J. Finney, OL – Pittsburgh Steelers
An undrafted rookie free agent who was cut by the Steelers prior to the regular season, Finney was signed to Pittsburgh’s practice squad last month. The Steelers earned a last-second 38-35 victory at home on Sunday over Oakland to improve to 5-4.

Emmanuel Lamur, LB – Cincinnati Bengals
An undrafted rookie free agent signee by Cincinnati in 2012, Lamur carded one tackle in the Bengals’ 31-10 win over Cleveland on Thursday night. In three-plus years, Lamur has 133 tackles, a half sack, nine passes defended and two interceptions. Cincinnati is just one of three teams to be 8-0 this season and holds a four-game lead in the AFC North.

Tyler Lockett, WR/Returner – Seattle Seahawks
Lockett, a third-round selection in this year’s draft, and the Seattle Seahawks were idle last week. Over the first eight weeks, Lockett became just the second rookie in NFL history with touchdowns via a reception, kickoff return and punt return. He also has 356 total kickoff-return yards this year ranks to rank sixth in the NFL, while his 25.4-yard average is 10th among players with 10 or more returns. Lockett is also 10th with 805 all-purpose yards through nine weeks of play. The Seahawks are tied for second place in the NFC West at 4-4.

Cornelius Lucas, OL – Detroit Lions
Lucas, an undrafted rookie free agent signee last year, and the Detroit Lions were off last week. 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 holds a 1-7 record.

Jordy Nelson, WR – Green Bay Packers
Nelson, a Pro Bowler in 2014, 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 lost at Carolina on Sunday, 37-27, as the Packers lost their second-straight game to fall to 6-2. With the loss, the Packers fell out of sole possession of first place in the NFC North as they are tied with Minnesota.

Terence Newman, CB – Minnesota Vikings
Newman, a 13-year veteran, made his 180th career start in Minnesota’s 21-18 home victory over St. Louis on Sunday. Newman, who has now played in 182 career games, came away with two tackles to improve his career total to 773. He also has two career sacks, 150 passes defended and 37 interceptions. The win improved Minnesota’s record to 6-2 as the Vikings are now tied for NFC North lead.

Darren Sproles, RB/Returner – Philadelphia Eagles
Sproles, who is in the mist of his 11th NFL season, recorded 23 rushing yards on five carries and three receiving yards on two catches in Philadelphia’s 33-27 overtime victory at Dallas on Sunday night. Sproles now has 17,246 career all-purpose yards, which ranks 14th in NFL history and second among active players. He is now 922 all-purpose yards away from the top 10 in NFL history. The Eagles improved to 4-4 on the season, a half game out of first place in the NFC East.

Justin Tuggle, LB – Houston Texans
Tuggle, an undrafted rookie free agent signee by Houston prior to the 2013 season, and the Texans had their bye week. In his two-plus year career, Tuggle has made 68 tackles, two passes defended and one interception. Houston enters the second half of the season with a 3-5 record.