Wildcats in the NFL – Week 11

Wildcats in the NFL – Week 11

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Each week throughout the 2022 season, k-statesports.com recaps the action for the 14 former Kansas State football players currently in the NFL. This week, we also take a look at two Wildcats that competed in the 109th Gray Cup.

Brandon Banks, WR – Toronto Argonauts

Banks came away with three catches for 31 yards to help Toronto defeat Winnipeg, 24-23, in the 109th Gray Cup. Banks finished the 2022 season – his ninth CFL season – with 37 receptions for 522 yards and four touchdowns.

Dalton Schoen, WR – Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Schoen totaled seven catches for 78 yards as Winnipeg fell in the 109th Gray Cup, 24-23, to Toronto. The CFL Most Outstanding Rookie, Schoen finished his first CFL season with 70 receptions for 1,441 yards and 16 touchdowns, the latter two leading the league. (Watch Feature)

Timmy Horne, DL – Atlanta Falcons

A rookie free agent who has seen time in every game this season, Horne registered two tackles and a quarterback hit among his 27 defensive snaps to help Atlanta earn a 27-24 victory over Chicago on Sunday. In 11 games this year, Horne has 14 tackles and a pass breakup on 207 defensive snaps. Now 5-6 this season – a half game back of Tampa Bay in the NFC East standings – the Falcons travel to face Washington on Sunday.

Elijah Lee, LB – Kansas City Chiefs

Lee, who is in his sixth NFL season and first with Kansas City, is on the Chiefs’ practice squad. Kansas City picked up a 30-27 comeback victory over the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday night to improve to an AFC-best record of 8-2. The Chiefs host the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.

Tyler Lockett, WR – Seattle Seahawks

Lockett and the Seattle Seahawks were off last week. Lockett, who has made 97 career starts, has 54 receptions for 640 yards and five touchdowns this season. The Seahawks are 6-4 this season – tied for first in the NFC West – and open the second half of their season at Las Vegas on Sunday.

Cornelius Lucas, OL – Washington Commanders

Lucas earned his seventh-straight start and was in for 38 of Washington’s 68 offensive snaps to help the Commanders earn a 23-10 victory at Houston. An eighth-year pro who is in his third season in Washington, Lucas has been in for 412 offensive plays this year. Washington improved to 6-5 this season and hosts Atlanta on Sunday.

AJ Parker, DB – Detroit Lions

In his second NFL season, Parker is on the Lions’ practice squad. In three games this year, Parker has 11 tackles. Detroit earned a 31-18 victory at the New York Giants to improve to 4-6 on the season, and the Lions host Buffalo on Thanksgiving.

Byron Pringle, WR – Chicago Bears

Pringle, who came off injured reserve prior to Week 10, was in for 14 offensive snaps and six special teams plays in Chicago’s 27-24 loss at Atlanta. In five games this season – his first with the Bears – Pringle has three catches for 45 yards. Chicago fell to 3-8 this season and travels to face the New York Jets on Sunday.

DJ Reed, DB – New York Jets

Reed carded six tackles in New York’s 10-3 last-minute loss at New England. In his fifth NFL season and first with the Jets, Reed has 48 tackles, seven pass breakups, an interception and a forced fumble in 10 games this season. The Jets fell to 6-4 this season, and they host Chicago on Sunday.

Dalton Risner, OL – Denver Broncos

Risner, who is in his fourth NFL season – all with Denver – was in for all 64 offensive snaps during the Broncos’ 22-16 overtime home loss in Las Vegas. Risner has seen time on 3,495 of the Broncos’ 3,918 offensive snaps (89.2%) over his 57 starts since he began his career in 2019. Denver is now 3-7 this season and travels to take on Carolina on Sunday.

Duke Shelley, DB – Minnesota Vikings

Shelley, who is in his first season in Minnesota, saw action on eight defensive snaps and 12 special teams plays in Minnesota’s 40-3 home loss to Dallas. The Vikings continue to lead the NFC North with an 8-2 record, and they host New England on Thanksgiving night.

Kiondre Thomas, BC – Green Bay Packers

Thomas, who is in his first season in Green Bay, is on the Packers’ practice squad. The Packers lost at Tennessee, 27-17, on Thursday night to drop to 4-7 this season, and they play at Philadelphia on Sunday night.

Skylar Thompson, QB – Miami Dolphins

Thompson and the Miami Dolphins were off last week. A seventh-round draft choice in this year’s draft, Thompson is 27-of-47 for 272 yards and an interception in three games this season, which includes a start. Miami is tied for the AFC East lead with a 7-3 record prior to hosting Houston on Sunday.

Cody Whitehair, OL – Chicago Bears

Whitehair, who carded his 102n/a-career start, was in for all 69 offensive plays in Chicago’s 27-24 loss at Atlanta on Sunday. The loss dropped the Bears to 3-8 this year, and they travel to face the New York Jets on Sunday.

Jordan Willis, DL – San Francisco 49ers

Willis, who was playing in just his third game this season after fighting through injury, made one tackle in San Francisco’s 38-10 win over Arizona in Mexico City on Monday night. The victory pushed the 49ers to a 6-4 record – tied for the best record in the NFC West – prior to hosting New Orleans on Sunday.

Russ Yeast, S – Los Angeles Rams

Yeast, a seventh-round selection in this year’s draft, carded one tackle among his 12 defensive snaps and 13 special teams plays in LA’s 27-20 loss at New Orleans. In eight games this season, Yeast has six tackles for the 3-7 Rams, who travel to face Kansas City on Sunday.

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