Jan. 1, 2014
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Each week throughout the 2013 season, k-statesports.com will highlight former Kansas State football players currently in the NFL.
Arthur Brown, LB - Baltimore Ravens
Brown, a rookie linebacker for Baltimore, played in the Ravens' season finale, a 34-17 loss at Cincinnati, but did not record any statistics. The second-round selection completed his initial professional campaign with 15 tackles, a half sack and a forced fumble for the 8-8 Ravens.
Bryce Brown, RB - Philadelphia Eagles
A seventh-round pick by the Eagles in 2012, Brown rushed two times for 11 yards - including a six-yard touchdown - in Philadelphia's 24-22 NFC East division-clinching victory at Dallas Sunday night. In his second professional season, Brown rushed for 314 yards and two touchdowns on 75 carries, while he caught eight passes for 84 yards. The Eagles, who finished the regular season with a 10-6 record after starting the year 3-5, are the No. 3 seed in the playoffs and will host New Orleans on Saturday night.
Highlight: 6-yd TD run
Jeromey Clary, OL - San Diego Chargers
A seventh-year offensive lineman, Clary started at right guard in San Diego's 27-24 overtime win over Kansas City, a victory that clinched the No. 6 seed in the playoffs. The start was the 93rd of Clary's career, while he played in his 103rd career game. San Diego travels to Cincinnati for the wild card round on Sunday.
Josh Freeman, QB - Minnesota Vikings
A fifth-year quarterback for the Vikings, Freeman was inactive for Minnesota's 14-13 season-finale victory over Detroit on Sunday. Adding his time in Tampa Bay to open the 2013 campaign with his one game played for Minnesota, Freeman threw for 761 yards on 63-of-147 passing with two touchdowns and four interceptions in 2013. Minnesota finished the season with a 5-10-1 record.
Chris Harper, WR - Green Bay Packers
A 2013 draft pick by Seattle who was later signed by the 49ers and then claimed off waivers by Green Bay, Harper was inactive for the Packers' 33-28 NFC North division-clinching victory at Chicago on Sunday. The wide receiver who made his NFL debut earlier this year for Green Bay finished the regular season with a tackle on kickoff coverage in four games. The Packers, who improved to 8-7-1, are the No. 4 seed for the playoffs and will host San Francisco on Sunday.
Rob Jackson, LB - Washington Redskins
Jackson, a sixth-year linebacker for Washington, started and recorded four tackles in the Redskins' 20-6 loss to the New York Giants in the 2013 finale. In 12 games this season, Jackson registered 19 tackles, including two sacks, and an interception. He now has 71 career tackles, including 7.5 sacks, eight interceptions and eight passes defended. Washington finished 3-13.
Emmanuel Lamur, LB - Cincinnati Bengals
An undrafted rookie free agent in 2012, Lamur suffered a season-ending injury and was placed on injured reserve by the Bengals prior to the start of the season. Cincinnati, which had already wrapped up the AFC North division title in week 16, finished the regular-season at 11-5 with a 34-17 win over Baltimore. The Bengals, the No. 3 seed in the playoffs, host San Diego Sunday.
Jeron Mastrud, TE - Oakland Raiders
A fourth-year tight end used mainly as a blocker, Mastrud started in Oakland's 42-17 season-finale loss at Denver but did not catch a pass. In 16 games this year, including 12 starts, Mastrud hauled in six receptions for 68 yards for the 4-12 Raiders.
Jordy Nelson, WR - Green Bay Packers
A sixth-year receiver for Green Bay, Nelson came away with 10 receptions for 161 yards in the Packers' NFC North division-clinching 33-28 victory at Chicago on Sunday. Nelson finished the regular season with career highs in receptions (85) and yardage (1,314), while he had his second highest touchdown output (8). Nelson now has 4,590 career receiving yards with 36 touchdowns on 302 receptions. The win gave Green Bay an 8-7-1 record and the No. 4 seed in the playoffs as it hosts San Francisco Sunday afternoon.
Highlights: 32-yd reception | 26-yd reception | 34-yd reception
Terence Newman, CB - Cincinnati Bengals
An 11-year NFL veteran, Newman was inactive for a third-straight week for the Bengals in their 34-17 victory over Baltimore. The cornerback logged 52 tackles, two interceptions and 14 passes defended this year, giving him career totals of 669, 36 and 136, respectively. The Bengals won the AFC North title with an 11-5 record and are the No. 3 seed for the playoffs as they host San Diego on Sunday.
Darren Sproles, RB/Returner - New Orleans Saints
Sproles, a ninth-year running back for the Saints, caught two passes for 30 yards and returned one kickoff 22 yards in New Orleans' 42-17 playoff-clinching win over Tampa Bay on Sunday. In 15 regular-season games, Sproles rushed for 220 yards and two touchdowns on 53 carries, caught 71 passes for 604 yards and two more scores, and averaged 21.3 yards on kickoff returns and 6.7 yards on punt returns. The Saints finished the regular season with an 11-5 record to claim the No. 6 seed in the playoffs and will travel to Philadelphia Saturday night.
Daniel Thomas, RB - Miami Dolphins
Thomas, a second-round pick by Miami in 2011, rushed twice for no yards in Miami's 20-7 loss to the New York Jets on Sunday, which turned out to be the final game of the year as the Dolphins were eliminated from playoff contention. During his third season, Thomas rushed 109 times for 406 yards and four touchdowns, while he caught 15 passes for 63 yards and another two scores. He improved his career rushing yardage to 1,312 on 365 carries and eight touchdowns. Miami finished the season with an 8-8 record.
Justin Tuggle, LB - Houston Texans
An undrafted rookie free agent, Tuggle made one special teams tackle in Houston's 16-10 loss at Tennessee Sunday in the season finale for both teams. In 14 games during his rookie campaign, including one start, Tuggle carded 14 tackles for the 2-14 Texans.
Reggie Walker, LB - San Diego Chargers
Walker, a fifth-year linebacker who is in his first season with San Diego, started and had a quarterback hurry in the Chargers' 27-24 overtime win over Kansas City on Sunday, which clinched the final spot in the playoffs. In 16 regular-season games with six starts, Walker recorded 36 tackles, including three sacks. San Diego, which finished the regular season with a 9-7 record, will play at Cincinnati on Sunday.
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