Wildcats in the NFL - Wild Card Weekend
Wildcats in the NFL - Wild Card Weekend
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Each week throughout the 2015 NFL season, k-statesports.com has recapped the week for the 12 former Kansas State football players currently in the NFL. This week we recap the seven former Wildcats who are on rosters for teams that played in the Wild Card Weekend.
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Bryce Brown, RB – Seattle Seahawks
A fourth-year player who has signed with Seattle three different times this season, Brown did not play in the Seahawks’ 10-9 win at Minnesota on Sunday. In three regular-season games this year, Brown had 72 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries, improving his career totals to 1,076 yards and seven touchdowns on 252 carries. Seattle, which finished the regular season with a 10-6 record and is the No. 6 seed in the NFC playoffs, will travel to Carolina on Sunday for a 12:05 p.m. (CT) game on FOX.
B.J. Finney, OL – Pittsburgh Steelers
Finney, an undrafted rookie free agent, is on Pittsburgh’s practice squad. The Steelers, who are the No. 6 seed in the AFC playoffs, made a 35-yard field goal with 14 seconds remaining to pick up an 18-16 win at Cincinnati on Saturday night. After finishing the regular season with a 10-6 record – which included 34-17 win over the Broncos in Week 15 – Pittsburgh will head to Denver for a 3:40 p.m. (CT) game on Sunday, which will be televised by CBS.
Emmanuel Lamur, LB – Cincinnati Bengals
Lamur, an undrafted rookie free agent signee by Cincinnati in 2012, was placed on season-ending injured reserve last Monday and, thus, did not play in the Bengals’ 18-16 last-minute loss to Pittsburgh on Saturday night. In his four-year career, Lamur has 150 tackles, a half sack, 10 passes defended and two interceptions. Cincinnati finished the regular season with a 12-4 record as the AFC North Division champions.
Tyler Lockett, WR/Returner – Seattle Seahawks
A third-round selection in this year’s draft who was named to the 2016 Pro Bowl, Lockett only had one catch for 35 yards, but it was perhaps the biggest play in Seattle’s 10-9 victory at Minnesota on Sunday. With Seattle on Minnesota’s 39-yard line, quarterback Russell Wilson saw the snap go over his shoulder only to pick it up and find Lockett wide open in the middle of the field, who caught the ball and narrowly missed a touchdown as he was tackled at the 4-yard line. The Tulsa, Oklahoma, who also had 12 yards on a kickoff return and three yards on three punt returns, amassed 1,915 all-purpose yards during the regular season to finish third in the NFL. One of just two rookies in NFL history with five-plus receiving touchdowns in addition to touchdowns via punt and kickoff returns (Gale Sayers, 1965), Lockett finished his initial NFL campaign ranked third in the league in total kickoff-return (852) and punt-return yards (379), while his six receiving touchdowns tied for the most this year among rookies. Seattle, which finished with a 10-6 record and is the No. 6 seed in the NFC playoffs, will travel to Carolina on Sunday for a 12:05 p.m. (CT) game that will be televised by FOX.
Highlight: 35-yd catch
Jordy Nelson, WR – Green Bay Packers
A Pro Bowler in 2014, Nelson has spent the entire 2015 season on injured reserve 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. The Packers, the No. 5 seed in the NFC playoffs, won at Washington, 35-18, on Sunday. Green Bay will now travel to Arizona for a 7:15 p.m. (CT) game on Saturday night, a contest that will be televised by NBC.
Terence Newman, CB – Minnesota Vikings
A 13-year veteran and who was playing in his eighth-career playoff game, Newman had one tackle in Minnesota’s 10-9 loss to Seattle on Sunday. Newman, who has made 188 career regular-season starts in 190 regular-season games, has 803 career tackles, two sacks, 159 passes defended and 40 interceptions in his career. The Vikings, who won the NFC North division, finished the regular season with an 11-5 record.
Justin Tuggle, LB – Houston Texans
An undrafted rookie free agent signee by Houston prior to the 2013 season, Tuggle was inactive for the Texans’ 30-0 home loss to Kansas City on Saturday. In his three-year career, Tuggle has made 71 tackles, two passes defended and one interception. Houston won the AFC South with a 9-7 record.
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