Wildcats in the NFL: Week 1 edition

Junior defensive back D.J. Reed runs with the ball to the end zone during the game against Oklahoma on Oct. 21, 2017, at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. (Archive photo by Alanoud Alanazi | Collegian Media Group)

D.J. Reed

The former Seahawk and Wildcat cornerback signed a three-year free-agent contract in the off-season with the New York Jets and had a great game in what was a 24-9 loss for New York against the Baltimore Ravens. Reed made two tackles, intercepted a Lamar Jackson pass and forced a fumble in the defeat. Sunday was also a bittersweet day for Reed, whose father passed away before the game. He dedicated his interception to his late father.

In 2021, Reed broke out in Seattle, intercepting two passes with the Seahawks which propelled him into signing a big contract with the Jets in the offseason. He recorded a career-high 78 tackles in 2021. 

Tyler Lockett

A week after being inducted into the K-State Ring of Honor, wide receiver Lockett caught three passes for 28 yards in a Seattle Seahawks victory against the Denver Broncos. Over the past three seasons, Lockett racked up over 1,000 receiving yards and will look to make it a fourth straight 1,000 receiving yard season in 2022. 

Lockett had his best season in 2020, catching 100 passes and 10 touchdowns, both career-highs. He also had a career-high 1,175 receiving yards last season. He also has three career punt/kick returns for touchdowns, but hasn’t had one since 2017.

Byron Pringle

Pringle caught one pass for 22 yards in the Chicago Bears 19-10 victory on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. Pringle is currently the Bears slot receiver and should bring experience to a very inexperienced receiver core.

Pringle won the Super Bowl with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2019. He had a career-high 568 receiving yards and five touchdowns in 2021 before signing a one-year contract with the Bears in the off-season.

Timmy Horne

Horne recorded one tackle in Atlanta’s 27-26 loss to the New Orleans Saints. Horne is currently slotted as the backup nose tackle position for the Falcons behind Anthony Rush, who was signed as a free-agent in 2021 by Atlanta.

Dalton Risner

Risner is regarded as one of the best offensive linemen to ever play at K-State. He is entering his fourth season with the Denver Broncos, who took him in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft. 

Risner had a great 2020 season; he did not allow a single sack. While he took a step back in that department in 2021, allowing four, he entered 2022 as a starter on Denver’s offensive line, protecting new quarterback Russell Wilson. He did not allow any sacks in the Broncos’ loss to Seattle on Monday night. 

Elijah Lee

Elijah Lee was signed to the Kansas City Chiefs in the offs-eason and recorded a tackle on special teams in the Chiefs’ blowout 44-21 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. Lee has played for five teams in his six year as a linebacker NFL career since being drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in 2017.

Cody Whitehair

Whitehair played all 58 offensive snaps in the Bears victory over the 49ers on Sunday. Whitehair is the longest tenured Bears offensive linemen, being drafted in the second round by the club in 2016. He has shifted between guard and center throughout his NFL career.