MANHATTAN, Kan. (Kansas State Athletics) – Each week throughout the 2022 season, k-statesports.com recaps the action for the 14 former Kansas State football players currently in the NFL.
Timmy Horne, DL – Atlanta Falcons
A rookie free agent who made the active roster out of training camp, Horne carded one tackle among his 21 defensive snaps and also saw time on five special teams plays in Atlanta’s 35-17 loss at Cincinnati. In seven games this year, Horne has five tackles among his 126 defensive snaps. The Falcons fell to 3-4 on the year and host Carolina on Sunday.
Elijah Lee, LB – Kansas City Chiefs
Lee is on the Chiefs’ practice squad, but he has seen time in five games this year and totaled six tackles and a fumble recovery. Kansas City earned a 44-23 victory at San Francisco on Sunday to improve to 5-2 prior to its bye week.
Tyler Lockett, WR – Seattle Seahawks
Making his 94th-career start, Lockett led the Seahawks with seven catches for 45 yards to help Seattle pick up a 37-23 win at the Los Angeles Chargers. In seven games this season, Lockett has 41 catches for 468 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The Seahawks are now 4-3 this season and host the New York Giants on Sunday.
Cornelius Lucas, OL – Washington Commanders
Lucas, who is in his eighth season, started at right tackle for a third-straight week and was in for all 74 offensive snaps in Washington’s 23-21 home win over Green Bay. In seven games this year, Lucas has been in for 207 offensive snaps. The Commanders improved to 3-4 on the year, and they hit the road to take on Indianapolis on Sunday.
AJ Parker, DB – Detroit Lions
Parker saw action on 43 defensive snaps and seven special teams plays as he came away with three tackles in Detroit’s 24-6 loss at Dallas. In two games this year, Parker has eight tackles. The Lions, now 1-5 on the season, host Miami on Sunday.
Byron Pringle, WR – Chicago Bears
In his first season in Chicago, Pringle was placed on injured reserve on September 27. The Bears earned a 33-14 Monday-night win at New England to move to 3-4 on the year, and Chicago faces another road test at Dallas on Monday.
D.J. Reed, DB – New York Jets
Reed, who is in his fifth NFL season and first with the Jets, made his 31st-career start and registered eight tackles to go along with three pass breakups in New York’s 16-9 win at Denver. In seven games this year, Reed has 30 tackles, five pass breakups, an interception and a forced fumble. Now standing at 5-2 this season, the Jets host New England on Sunday.
Dalton Risner, OL – Denver Broncos
Risner made his 54th-career start and was in for all 79 offensive snaps in Denver’s 16-9 home loss to the New York Jets. Risner has seen time on 3,290 of the Broncos’ 3,731 offensive snaps (88.2%) since he began his career in 2019. The Broncos, who are 2-5 this season, travel to London, England, to take on Jacksonville on Sunday.
Duke Shelley, DB – Minnesota Vikings
Shelley, who is in his first year in Minnesota, and the Vikings were off last week. Minnesota holds a 5-1 record and hosts Arizona on Sunday.
Kiondre Thomas, CB – Green Bay Packers
Thomas, who is in his first season in Green Bay, is on the Packers’ practice squad. The Packers lost at Washington, 23-21, to drop to 3-4 this season prior to hosting Buffalo on Sunday night.
Skylar Thompson, QB – Miami Dolphins
A seventh-round draft choice in this year’s draft, Thompson was inactive for Miami’s 16-10 home win over Pittsburgh on Sunday night. In two games this year – including one start – Thompson is 26-of-46 for 255 yards and an interception. The Dolphins are now 4-3 this year, and they travel to face Detroit on Sunday.
Cody Whitehair, OL – Chicago Bears
Whitehair, who has made 99 career starts, was placed on injured reserve on October 5. Chicago picked up a 33-14 victory at New England on Monday night to improve to 3-4 this season, and the Bears travel to face Dallas on Sunday.
Jordan Willis, DL – San Francisco 49ers
Willis, who is in his sixth NFL season, was placed on injured reserve on September 14. The 49ers fell to 3-4 on the season with a 44-23 home loss to Kansas City. San Francisco travels to face the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.
Russ Yeast, S – Los Angeles Rams
Yeast, who was a seventh-round selection in this year’s draft, and the Rams were off last week. LA is 3-3 this season and hosts San Francisco on Sunday.