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
Horne, a rookie free agent who made the active roster out of training camp, set a new career high with four tackles to help Atlanta earn a 37-34 overtime win over Carolina. Horne saw time 20 defensive snaps and one special teams plays. In eight games this year, Horne has nine tackles among his 146 defensive snaps. The Falcons evened their record at 4-4 on the year prior to hosting the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.
Elijah Lee, LB – Kansas City Chiefs
Lee and the Chiefs were off last week. Kansas City is 5-2 this season and opens its second half of the season by hosting Tennessee on Sunday night.
Tyler Lockett, WR – Seattle Seahawks
Lockett made his 95th-career start and came away with five receptions for 63 yards – including a 33-yard touchdown catch – in Seattle’s 27-13 victory over the New York Giants. With his performance against the Giants, Lockett moved into third place in Seahawks history for career receptions, a mark that now stands at 494. In eight games this season, Lockett has 46 catches for 531 yards and three touchdowns. Seattle improved to 5-3 this season and travels to face Arizona on Sunday.
TD LOCKETT COMING IN RIGHT ON TIME! 🚀
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) October 30, 2022
Another franchise milestone checked off. ☑️ pic.twitter.com/1RMXCAm92V
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) October 31, 2022
Cornelius Lucas, OL – Washington Commanders
In his eighth season and third in Washington, Lucas started at right tackle for a fourth-straight week and was in for all 61 offensive snaps in Washington’s 17-16 last-minute win at Indianapolis. In eight games this year, Lucas has been in for 268 offensive snaps. The Commanders evened their record at 4-4 this season and host Minnesota on Sunday.
AJ Parker, DB – Detroit Lions
Parker carded three tackles among his 23 defensive snaps and five special teams plays in Detroit’s 31-27 loss to Miami. In three games this year, Parker has 11 tackles. The Lions dropped to 1-6 this season prior to hosting Green Bay on Sunday.
Byron Pringle, WR – Chicago Bears
Pringle, who is in his first season in Chicago, was placed on injured reserve on September 27. The Bears dropped to 3-5 on the season after a 49-29 loss at Dallas, and they host Miami on Sunday.
D.J. Reed, DB – New York Jets
In his fifth NFL season and first with the Jets, Reed made his 32nd-career start and came away with eight tackles and a pass breakup in New York’s 22-17 home loss to New England. In eight games this year, Reed has 38 tackles, six pass breakups, an interception and a forced fumble. The Jets fell to 5-3 on the year, and they host Buffalo on Sunday.
Dalton Risner, OL – Denver Broncos
Making his 55th-career start, Risner was in for all 61 offensive snaps in Denver’s 21-17 win over Jacksonville in London, England. Risner has seen time on 3,351 of the Broncos’ 3,774 offensive snaps (88.8%) since he began his career in 2019. The Broncos improved to 3-5 on the season prior to their bye week.
Duke Shelley, DB – Minnesota Vikings
In his first year in Minnesota, Shelley is on the Vikings’ practice squad. Minnesota improved to 6-1 on the season with a 34-26 win over Arizona, and it travels to take on Washington on Sunday
Kiondre Thomas, CB – Green Bay Packers
In his first season in Green Bay, Thomas is on the Packers’ practice squad. The Packers suffered their fourth-straight loss in a 27-17 setback at Buffalo on Sunday night. Green bay travels again this week – its third-straight road game – to take on Detroit on Sunday.
Skylar Thompson, QB – Miami Dolphins
Thompson, a seventh-round draft choice in this year’s draft, was inactive for Miami’s 31-27 win at Detroit. In two games this year – including one start – Thompson is 26-of-46 for 255 yards and an interception. The Dolphins improved to 5-3 this season, and they remain on the road in the NFC North as they travel to face Chicago on Sunday.
Cody Whitehair, OL – Chicago Bears
Whitehair, who has made 99 career starts, was placed on injured reserve on October 5. Chicago lost at Dallas, 49-29, to drop to 3-5 on the season, and the Bears host Miami on Sunday.
Jordan Willis, DL – San Francisco 49ers
In sixth NFL season and third with San Francisco, Willis was placed on injured reserve on September 14. The 49ers earned a 31-14 win at the Los Angeles Rams to improve to 4-4 prior to their bye week.
Russ Yeast, S – Los Angeles Rams
A seventh-round selection in this year’s draft, Yeast returned the opening kickoff 29 yards as one of his 15 special teams plays in the Rams’ 31-14 home loss to San Francisco. The loss put Los Angeles at 3-4 this season, and the Rams play at Tampa Bay on Sunday.