Past Wildcats find success in the NFL through first five weeks

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Through week 5 of the NFL season, 13 Wildcats have gotten the opportunity to show their skills on Sunday's. (File photo by Abigail Compton | Collegian Media Group)

Tyler Lockett (WR) – Seattle Seahawks:

Entering his sixth season in the NFL, Lockett is looking to prove his worth against second-year wide-receiver DK Metcalf. So far this season, Lockett has 30 receptions for 342 yards and averages 11.4 yards per catch. On top of his success from the first five weeks, Lockett already recorded four touchdown receptions, the farthest from 43 yards out against the Cowboys in week three. The Seahawks are 5-0 on the season heading into week six.

Byron Pringle (WR) – Kansas City Chiefs:

Byron Pringle and the Kansas City Chiefs are coming into the 2020-2021 season fresh off their Super Bowl 54 title. Pringle participated in 26 offensive snaps and helped in 84 special teams plays. During the Chiefs’ week one game, Pringle downed a punt as part of the special teams unit. Week five saw Pringle obtain his first reception for 23 yards against the Raiders. The Chiefs are 4-1 on the season and are looking to bounce back from their week five loss.

Dalton Risner (OL) – Denver Broncos:

Dalton Risner is entering his second year in the NFL with Denver. Starting at left guard this season, Risner participated in all 269 offensive snaps. Risner started in all 20 games of his professional football career. The Broncos come into week six fresh off a bye week looking to turn around their 1-3 record.

Cody Whitehair (OL) – Chicago Bears:

Bears’ offensive lineman, Cody Whitehair, makes great strides on the team so far this season. Whitehair started in all 337 offensive snaps this season and has helped his team to a 4-1 record. Chicago looks to go 5-1 in week six as the team travel to North Carolina to take on the Panthers.

Matthew McCrane (K) – Cleveland Browns:

Recently signed to the practice squad on the Browns, Matthew McCrane looks to permanently stay on a team. He was on two different teams back in 2018. Only being on the team for three weeks, McCrane has not seen any playing time yet. The Browns are currently 4-1 on the year heading into week six against the Steelers.

Deante Burton (DB) – Dallas Cowboys:

The Cowboys placed Deante Burton on the active roster for the 2019 season, although in 2020, Burton has spent most of his time on the practice squad. However, in week three, Burton joined the active list and participated in 13 special teams plays against the Seattle Seahawks. The Cowboys are 2-3 on the season so far heading into their week six tilt against Arizona.

Elijah Lee (LB) – Detroit Lions:

In the offseason, the Detroit Lions picked up Elijah Lee from San Francisco. Throughout the duration of the first five weeks of play, Lee has seen 55 special teams plays and accumulated one tackle. Incredibly enough, Lee found these minutes in only three of the first five weeks. Lee and the Lions look to bounce back from their 1-3 record against the Jaguars in week six.

Cornelius Lucas (OL) – Washington Football Team:

Trying to find a solidified role, Lucas moved from Chicago to Washington in the offseason. Over the past five weeks of play, Lucas has been a part of 16 special teams plays. Washington looks to turn its 1-4 record around as the team heads to New York to take on the Giants in week six.

D.J. Reed Jr. (DB) – Seattle Seahawks:

Reed is another Wildcat that changed teams in the offseason, moving from the 49ers to the Seahawks. Reed has not received the opportunity to play this season though. Reed was placed on injured reserve and Seattle’s head coach, Pete Carroll, announced in week four that Reed is expected to return soon from his pectoral injury.

Duke Shelley (DB) – Chicago Bears:

Shelley began his second year in the NFL as an inactive player. Shelley did not play the first three weeks of the season, but made his return in week four. In the past two weeks, Shelley has been a part of 17 special teams plays and one defensive snap.

Reggie Walker (OLB) – Arizona Cardinals:

This season, Walker was placed on the Cardinals’ practice squad. Walker has not received any playing time yet this season. The Cardinals are 3-2 and travel to Dallas with hopes of picking up win number four.

B.J. Finney (OL) – Seattle Seahawks:

From Pittsburg to now Seattle, Finney had a change of team’s this year. The transition from the Stealers to the Seahawks has shown notable changes to his game roles throughout the first five weeks. Even though Finney has played minutes in all five games, he has only been assigned to 23 special teams plays.

Jordan Willis (DE) – New York Jets:

Willis made the transition from Cincinnati to New York in the middle of last season. This year, Willis has been battling issues from week to week being inactive. Willis was active in week five, however, the Jets did not play him. In week one, Willis had a fumble recovery on the Jets 12-yard-line, preventing a crucial score in the red zone. Between both games of week one and three, Willis combined for 46 defensive plays. The Jets travel to Miami for the teams week six matchup against the Dolphins.

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