Wildcats in the NFL – Week 14


MANHATTAN, Kan. – Each week for the 2021 season, k-statesports.com rounds up the action of the 16 former Kansas State Football players currently in the NFL. For statistics on each game, click the bio link.

Deante Burton, DB – Dallas Cowboys

In his fourth NFL season and his third in Dallas, Burton is on the Cowboys training team. Dallas took a 27:20 win over NFC East enemy Washington to improve to 9-4 in the season. The Cowboys are now playing three games in the division as they face the New York Giants on Sunday.

BJ Finney, OL – Pittsburgh Steelers

Finney was inactive for Pittsburgh’s 36-28 loss in Minnesota Thursday night with a back injury. The Steelers dropped to 6-6-1 with the loss and they host Tennessee on Sunday.

Wyatt Hubert, DE – Cincinnati Bengals

Hubert, a Cincinnati round seven draft pick in this year’s draft, was injured during the offseason and is on reserve. The Bengals lost their second game in a row, a 26-23 loss to San Francisco when they dropped to 7-6 that season. Cincinnati, third in the AFC North and just outside the top 7 in the AFC for a playoff spot, will face Denver on Sunday.

Elijah Lee, LB – Cleveland Browns

Lee was in 26 special team games helping Cleveland score a narrow 24-22 win over Baltimore. The Browns are 7-6 this year and will be the first team out of the AFC playoffs when the postseason kicks off today. Cleveland welcomes Las Vegas on Sunday.

Tyler Lockett, WR – Seattle Seahawks

Lockett, who made his 84thatCareer start, with five receptions for 142 yards – including a 55-yard touchdown catch – and a pass to a two-point conversion to help Seattle get a 33-13 win in Houston. It was Lockett’s 15ththat– 100-yard career game, including his fifth this season. In the NFL, he ranks eighth at 1,023 yards – his third straight season at 1,000 yards – while his average of 16.5 per catch is sixth. He is only the second player in franchise history to have three consecutive seasons of 1,000 yards, alongside Steve Largent. The Seahawks won straight games for the first time this season when they improved to 5-8, and Seattle travels against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.

Cornelius Lucas, OL – Washington Football Team

Lucas carded his 30th birthdaythat Career start and sixth this season playing all 68 offensive snaps in Washington’s 27:20 home loss to Dallas. Lucas has seen 527 offensive snaps this year. The soccer team suffered their first loss since October 31, dropping to 6-7 that season, but they are currently ranked 7th on the NFC playoffs. Washington travels against Philadelphia on Sunday

Briley Moore, TE – Tennessee Titans

Moore, a rookie free agent signer for the Titans last off-season, was injured during training camp and was placed in the injured reserve. Tennessee returned from their bye to claim a 20-0 win over Jacksonville. The Titians improved to 9-4 this season as they lead AFC South with two games and currently hold 2nd place in the AFC playoffs. Tennessee will travel to Pittsburgh on Sunday.

AJ Parker, DB – Detroit Lions

Parker, a freshman free agent who has made four starts this season, has been put on hold for three weeks with an ankle injury. Detroit lost in Denver, 38-10 to drop to 1-11-1, and the Lions host Arizona on Sunday.

Byron Pringle, WR – Kansas City Chiefs

In his third season as a pro, Pringle made a catch for 28 yards and returned a kick of 24 yards in Kansas City’s 48-9 win over Las Vegas. He ranks third in the NFL with an average of 25.3 yards on kickoff returns. The Chiefs won their sixth straight fight, improving to 9-4 as they lead the AFC West with one game ahead of the Los Angeles Chargers. Kansas City travels against LA on Thursday night.

DJ Reed Jr., DB – Seattle Seahawks

Do the 22nd Start of his career and 12that That season, Reed made eight tackles to help give Seattle a 33-13 win over Seattle. The win improved the Seahawks to 5-8 that year, and they face the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.

Dalton Risner, OL – Denver Broncos

Risner made his 44ththat– Career start and was involved in all 68 offensive snapshots in Denver’s 38-10 home win over Detroit. Risner has seen 2,694 of the 2,947 offensive snaps (91.4%) of the Broncos time since his career began in 2019. Denver improved to 7-6 that season and will host Cincinnati on Sunday.

Duke Shelley, DB – Chicago Bears

Shelley had gone to the reserve three weeks ago with a hamstring injury. Chicago lost 45-30 on Sunday night at Green Bay, to drop to 4-9 this season, and the Bears receive Minnesota on Monday night.

Elijah Sullivan, LB – Kansas City Chiefs

Sullivan, a rookie free agent who spent the entire preseason with San Francisco, was inducted into the Chiefs training roster on September 11th. Kansas City improved to 9-4 on a 48-9 home win over Las Vegas the Chiefs. Sixth straight win to keep a one-game lead in AFC West over the Los Angeles Chargers. Kansas City will travel against the Chargers on Thursday night.

Kiondore Thomas, DB – Los Angeles Chargers

Thomas, a rookie free agent who spent the entire preseason with Cleveland, was inducted into the Los Angeles Chargers training roster on September 6th. The Chargers posted a 37:21 home win over the New York Giants, improving to 8-5 that season. a game behind Kansas City for the AFC West leadership. The Chargers receive the Chiefs on Thursday.

Cody Whitehair, OL – Chicago Bears

Make his 91stst– Career start, Whitehair was in for all 62 offensive snaps in Chicago’s 45-30 loss at Green Bay on Sunday night. Whitehair was involved in all 827 offensive snapshots this season. The Bears are now 4-9 this year, and they will host Minnesota on Monday night.

Jordan Willis, DE – San Francisco 49ers

Willis carded three tackles under his 18 defensive snaps and 12 special team plays when San Francisco took a 26-23 win in Cincinnati. The 49ers are now 7-6 this season and they face Atlanta on Sunday.


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