November 26, 2022

Manhattan, Kan. – Each week during the 2022 season, k-statesports.com rounds up the action for the 14 former Kansas State football players currently in the NFL. This week we also take a look at two wildcats who died on April 109th gray mug

Brandon Banks, WR – Toronto Argonauts

Banks walked away with three catches for 31 yards to help Toronto beat Winnipeg 24-23 in the 109th gray mug Banks finished the 2022 season – his ninth CFL season – with 37 receptions for 522 yards and four touchdowns.

Dalton Schoen, WR – Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Schoen totaled seven catches for 78 yards as Winnipeg fell in the 109th Gray Cup, 24-23, to Toronto. The CFL’s most outstanding rookie, Schoen finished his debut CFL season with 70 receptions for 1,441 yards and 16 touchdowns, the latter two leading the league. (view feature)

Timmy Horne, DL—Atlanta Falcons

A rookie free agent who has time in every game this season, Horne recorded two tackles and a quarterback hit among his 27 defensive snaps to help Atlanta to a 27-24 win over Chicago on Sunday. In 11 games this year, Horne has 14 tackles and passing resolution on 207 defensive snaps. Now 5-6 this season – a half game back from Tampa Bay in the NFC East standings – the Falcons travel to Washington on Sunday.

Elijah Lee, LB – Chiefs of Kansas City

Lee, who is in his sixth NFL season and first with Kansas City, is on the Chiefs practice team. Kansas City clinched a 30-27 comeback win over the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday night to improve to an AFC-best 8-2 record. The Chiefs host the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.

Tyler Lockett, WR—Seattle Seahawks

Lockett and the Seattle Seahawks were on vacation last week. Lockett, who has 97 career starts, has 54 receptions for 640 yards and five touchdowns this season. The Seahawks are 6-4 this season – tied for first place in the NFC West – and open the second half of their season in Las Vegas on Sunday.

Cornelius Lucas, OL – Washington Commanders

Lucas earned his seventh straight start and was in it for 38 of Washington’s 68 offensive snaps to help the Commanders to a 23-10 win in Houston. Lucas, an eighth-year pro who is in his third season with Washington, has made 412 offensive plays this year. Washington improved to 6-5 this season and host Atlanta on Sunday.

AJ Parker, DB – Detroit Lions

In his second NFL season, Parker is on the Lions practice team. In three games this year, Parker has 11 tackles. Detroit earned a 31-18 win at the New York Giants to improve to 4-6 this season, and the Lions host Buffalo on Thanksgiving.

Byron Pringle, WR – Chicago Bears

Pringle, who came off injured reserve before Week 10, faced 14 offensive snaps and six special teams games in Chicago’s 27-24 loss at Atlanta. In five games this season – his first with the Bears – Pringle has had three catches for 45 yards. Chicago fell back to 3-8 this season and takes on the New York Jets on Sunday.

DJ Reed, DB – New York Jets

Reed carded six tackles in New York’s 10-3 last-minute loss to New England. In his fifth NFL season and first with the Jets, Reed has 48 tackles, seven pass breakups, one interception and one forced fumble in 10 games this season. The Jets fell to 6-4 this season and they host Chicago on Sunday.

Dalton Risner, OL – Denver Broncos

Risner, who is in his fourth NFL season — all with Denver — was there for all 64 offensive snaps in the Broncos’ 22-16 home overtime loss to Las Vegas. Risner has completed 3,495 of the Broncos’ 3,918 offensive snaps (89.2%) in his 57 starts since his career began in 2019. Denver is now 3-7 this season and travels to Carolina on Sunday.

Duke Shelley, DB—Minnesota Vikings

Shelley, who is in his freshman season in Minnesota, saw action on eight defensive snaps and 12 special teams games in Minnesota’s 40-3 home loss to Dallas. The Vikings continue to lead the NFC North with an 8-2 record and host New England on Thanksgiving night.

Kiondre Thomas, CB – Green Bay Packers

Thomas, who is in his freshman season at Green Bay, is on the Packers practice team. The Packers lost 27-17 Thursday night in Tennessee, falling to 4-7 this season, and they play in Philadelphia Sunday night.

Skylar Thompson, QB – Miami Dolphins

Thompson and the Miami Dolphins were free last week. Thompson, a seventh-round draft pick in this year’s draft, is 27 of 47 for 272 yards and one interception in three games this season, including one start. Miami is tied for the AFC East lead with a 7-3 record before Houston’s guest on Sunday.

Cody Whitehair, OL—Chicago Bears

Whitehair carding his 102nd-Career starter, featured in all 69 offensive games in Chicago’s 27-24 loss at Atlanta on Sunday. The loss dropped the Bears to 3-8 this year and they travel to face the New York Jets on Sunday.

Jordan Willis, DL – San Francisco 49ers

Willis, who was playing just his third game of the season after struggling through an injury, made a tackle in San Francisco’s 38-10 win over Arizona in Mexico City on Monday night. The win put the 49ers to a 6-4 record — which stands for the best record in the NFC West — before hosting New Orleans on Sunday.

Russ Hefe, S – Los Angeles Rams

Yeast, a seventh-round pick in this year’s draft, carded a tackle among his 12 defensive snaps and 13 special teams plays in LA’s 27-20 loss in New Orleans. In eight games this season, Yeast has six tackles for the 3-7 Rams, who take on Kansas City on Sunday.

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