Wildcats in the NFL – Week 13

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. To get statistics on each player, click on their bio link.

Deante Burton, DB – Dallas Cowboys

Burton, who is in his fourth NFL season and third in Dallas, is part of the Cowboys’ training team. Dallas won 27:17 in New Orleans on Thursday evening, improving to 8-4 year-on-year as the Cowboys lead NFC East with two games. Dallas will travel to Washington on Sunday.

BJ Finney, OL – Pittsburgh Steelers

Finney made his 15th career start and was runner-up in as many games, but only appeared three times until a back injury in Pittsburgh’s 20:19 home win against AFC North rivals Baltimore sidelined him for the remainder of the game. The win improved the Steelers to 6-5-1 from last year as they occupy third place in the division. Pittsburgh have a quick turnaround as they face Minnesota 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 host the Los Angeles Chargers at home, 41-22, to drop to 7-5 in the year, taking second place in the AFC North. Cincinnati welcomes San Francisco on Sunday.

Elijah Lee, LB – Cleveland Browns

Lee and the Cleveland Browns were off last week. The 6-6 Browns open the season’s route by welcoming Baltimore on Sunday.

Tyler Lockett, WR – Seattle Seahawks

Lockett made his 83rd career start, counting seven catches for 68 yards – including the final touchdown reception in the third quarter – helping the Seahawks to a 30-23 win over San Francisco. Lockett is ranked 12th in the NFL at 881 yards, while his average of 15.5 per catch is 11th. The win was Seattle’s first since October 31, when the Seahawks improved to 4-8 year-over-year before taking on Houston on Sunday. Additionally, Lockett was nominated for Walter Payton Man of the Year by the Seahawks on Tuesday.

Back corner. Too beautiful. @DangeRussWilson ➡️ @ TDLockett12

📺 #SFvsSEA on CBS pic.twitter.com/6MK4cCnMqA

– Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) December 5, 2021

. @ TDLockett12 is a great recipient, but the time they spend giving back to their community really makes them special. Congratulations to our Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee 2021! #WPMOYChallenge

– Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) December 7, 2021

Cornelius Lucas, OL – Washington Football Team

Lucas made his 29th career start and fifth this season, and was involved in all 67 offensive snapshots to help Washington get a 17-15 win in Las Vegas. Lucas has seen 459 offensive snaps this year. It was the fourth straight win for the football team, improving to 6-6 year-over-year as Washington host NFC East leader Dallas 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 was free last week, and the 8-4 Titans opened their final five games of the season with the hosts from Jacksonville on Sunday.

AJ Parker, DB – Detroit Lions

Parker, a rookie free agent signatory who has made four starts this season, has been put on hold for two weeks with an ankle injury. He missed the second of at least three games, which ended up being the Lions’ first win, a 29:27 triumph over Minnesota on a last-second touchdown. The Lions are now 1-10-1 this year and will race against Denver on Sunday.

Byron Pringle, WR – Kansas City Chiefs

Pringle made a catch for 14 yards in his third season as a professional in Kansas City’s 22-9 win over Denver on Sunday night. Pringle also made one of the best special team games of the season when he pushed a member of the Bronco punt return team into his own defender resulting in a fumble, and Pringle won back the fumble which resulted in a field goal . Pringle didn’t get a chance to repeat a kickoff against Denver, but he still ranks fourth in the NFL with an average of 25.4 yards on kickoff returns. The Chiefs improved to 8-4 from last year, leading AFC West with their fifth straight win, and they host Las Vegas on Sunday.

. @ pringle_byron moved 💨

: #DENvsKC on @SNFonNBC pic.twitter.com/bepw225VS7

– Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) December 6, 2021

DJ Reed Jr., DB – Seattle Seahawks

Reed made the 21st start of his career and 11th this season, counting five tackles, two pass breakups and returning a 19-yard kick in Seattle’s 30-23 comeback win at home against San Francisco on Sunday. The win – Seattle’s first since Halloween – improved to 4-8 a year for the Seahawks, and they travel to Houston on Sunday.

Dalton Risner, OL – Denver Broncos

Risner made his 43rd career start and was there for all 77 offensive snapshots in Denver’s 22-9 defeat in Kansas City on Sunday night. Risner has seen 2,626 of the 2,879 offensive snaps (91.2%) of the Broncos time since starting his career in 2019. The loss offset Denver’s record 6-6 before hosting Detroit on Sunday.

Duke Shelley, DB – Chicago Bears

Shelley went to the injured reserve two weeks ago with a hamstring injury and missed his second of at least three games. Chicago fell to Arizona at home, 33-22, to drop to 4-8 a year, and the Bears head to Green Bay on Sunday night.

Elijah Sullivan, LB – Kansas City Chiefs

Sullivan, a rookie free agent who was with San Francisco all preseason, was inducted into the Chiefs training roster on September 11th. Kansas City improved to 8-4 year-over-year with a 22-9 home win over Denver on Sunday night. The Chiefs who run AFC West will host Las Vegas on Sunday.

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 took a 41:22 win in Cincinnati and improved to 7-5 over the previous year’s game from the AFC West lead. The Chargers return home on Sunday to welcome the New York Giants.

Cody Whitehair, OL – Chicago Bears

Whitehair carded his 90th career start and was there for all 76 offensive snapshots in Chicago’s 33-22 home loss to Arizona. Whitehair was involved in all 765 offensive snapshots this season. The Bears fell 4-8 this year before taking on Green Bay on Sunday night.

Jordan Willis, DE – San Francisco 49ers

Willis registered three tackles – including a 10-yard sack – among his 13 defensive snaps and a special team that played in Seattle’s 30:23 loss to San Francisco. The setback left the 49ers at 6-6 over the course of the year. San Francisco travels to Cincinnati on Sunday – the team Willis designed in 2017.


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