This is a new feature in which I will track the progress of former Wildcats greats such as Darren Sproles and Jordy Nelson in the ranks of professional football.
For now, I shall restrict it to National Football League performances until I get the hang of it, but expanding it to other professional leagues such as the Canadian Football League and Arena Football is a future possibility.
LB — Baltimore Ravens
K-Stater from 2010 to 2012
Drafted by the Ravens in 2013
A second-round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft, Brown was inactive for the Ravens' 29-7 victory over Atlanta on Sunday, a win that improved Baltimore to 5-2.
RB — Buffalo Bills
K-Stater from 2010 to 2011
Drafted by the Eagles in 2012
Brown, a seventh-round pick in 2012 by Philadelphia who was traded to Buffalo in the offseason, was inactive for the Bills' 17-16 last-second victory Sunday against Minnesota. Buffalo is now 4-3 this season.
Brown's inability to get on the field is very puzzling to me at this point. During the game, the Bills lost starter Fred Jackson to a groin injury, then backup C.J. Spiller to a broken collarbone.
Some guy I've never heard of finished the game. You have to think at this point that Bryce is about done in the NFL.
OL — San Diego Chargers
K-Stater from 2002 to 2005
Drafted by the Chargers in 2006
An eighth-year offensive lineman for San Diego, Clary remains on the Chargers' physically unable to perform list.
Clary, who has played in 103 career regular-season games, saw the Chargers fall at home to Kansas City, 23-20, which dropped San Diego to 5-2 this season.
LB — Cincinnati Bengals
K-Stater from 2009 to 2011
Signed by the Bengals in 2012
An undrafted rookie free-agent signee in 2012, Lamur was inactive for Cincinnati's 27-0 loss Sunday afternoon at Indianapolis.
Lamur, who has 37 tackles, four passes defended and one interception this year, saw the Bengals fall to 3-2-1.
OL — Detroit Lions
K-Stater from 2009 to 2013
Signed by the Lions in 2014
An undrafted rookie free-agent offensive lineman for Detroit, Lucas played in the Lions' 24-23 comeback victory Sunday at home against New Orleans.
The Lions, who scored 14 points in the final four minutes against the Saints, improved to 5-2 with the win.
WR — Green Bay Packers
K-Stater from 2003 to 2007
Drafted by the Packers in 2008
Nelson, a seventh-year veteran, started his 48th career game in Green Bay's 38-17 victory over Carolina on Sunday.
The former second-round pick hauled in four receptions for 80 yards, including a 59-yard touchdown strike to open the game's scoring.
Nelson now has a touchdown in each of the last four games and in five of his seven games this season.
He ranks second in the NFL with 712 receiving yards on 47 receptions with six touchdowns, while 35 of his 47 receptions have gone for first downs, which is tops in the NFL.
In his six-plus-year career, Nelson has totaled 5,302 yards and 42 touchdowns. Green Bay is now 5-2 this season.
CB — Cincinnati Bengals
K-Stater from 1998 to 2002
Drafted by the Cowboys in 2003
Newman, a 12-year NFL veteran, made his 165th career start and came away with three tackles in Cincinnati's 27-0 shutout loss Sunday at Indianapolis.
Newman improved his career tackle total to 705, while he has 139 career passes defended. The Bengals are now 3-2-1 this season.
OL — New Orleans Saints
K-Stater from 2012 to 2013
Drafted by the Saints in 2014
Rooks, a sixth-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, is on the New Orleans Saints' practice squad. New Orleans lost 24-23 on Sunday at Detroit to see its record fall to 2-4.
RB — Philadelphia Eagles
K-Stater from 2001 to 2004
Drafted by the Chargers in 2005
A 10th-year pro, Sproles and the Philadelphia Eagles enjoyed their bye week.
Traded to the Eagles from the Saints in the offseason, Sproles has 211 rushing yards and three touchdowns, 198 receiving yards, and a 15.6-yard average on punt returns this season.
He also has racked up 16,208 career all-purpose yards to rank 20th in NFL history. The Eagles hold a 5-1 record this season.
RB — Miami Dolphins
K-Stater from 2009 to 2010
Drafted by the Dolphins in 2011
A 2010 draft pick by Miami who was cut and then re-signed by the Dolphins, Thomas rushed seven times for 25 yards and caught three passes for another 25 yards in Miami's 27-14 win Sunday at Chicago.
The running back has totaled 75 yards on 14 carries this season, as well as 71 receiving yards on five catches for the 3-3 Dolphins.
LB — Houston Texans
K-Stater from 2011 to 2012
Signed by the Texans in 2013
A second-year linebacker for Houston, Tuggle recorded five tackles in the Texans' 30-23 loss Monday at Pittsburgh.
In seven games this season, the former undrafted rookie free agent has 31 tackles to improve his two-year career total to 45. The Texans fell to 3-4 on the season.
LB — San Diego Chargers
K-Stater from 2005 to 2008
Drafted by the Cardinals in 2009
A sixth-year pro who is in his second season with the Chargers, Walker carded five tackles and two quarterback hurries in San Diego's 23-20 home loss Sunday afternoon to Kansas City.
Walker, who has nine tackles this season, saw the Chargers drop their record to 5-2.
S — New Orleans Saints
K-Stater from 2010 to 2013
Signed by the Saints in 2014
An undrafted rookie free-agent signee by the New Orleans Saints, Zimmerman is on injured reserve for the 2014 season. The Saints fell Sunday afternoon at Detroit, 24-23, and their record now stands at 2-4.