Wildcats in the NFL: Reed continues to shine with unexpected team success

Then-junior defensive back D.J. Reed points toward his team during the K-State game against Central Arkansas in Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Sept. 2, 2017. (Archive photo by Maddie Domnick | Collegian Media Group)

D.J. Reed, CB, New York Jets

Reed was mostly quiet on Oct. 16 in the Jets 27-10 upset victory over the Green Bay Packers. He recorded three solo tackles as the Jets improved to 4-2 on the season.

In Week 7, Reed recorded eight total tackles and three pass deflections in the Jets 16-9 victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday. One of his deflections came on a critical pass late in the game to help secure the New York victory. The Jets are now 5-2 on the season, its best start since the 2010 season.

(Graphic by Catherine Eldridge | Collegian Media Group)

Skylar Thompson, QB, Miami Dolphins

Thompson made his first NFL start on Oct. 16 against the Minnesota Vikings in place of the injured Tua Tagovailoa and Teddy Bridgewater. Thompson became the first Kansas State quarterback to make an NFL start since Josh Freeman in 2013. He completed seven of 13 passes for 89 yards before exiting with a thumb injury. The Dolphins went on to lose 24-16, dropping their third straight game prior to a week 7 victory.

Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle Seahawks

Lockett was held in check on Oct. 16 in the Seahawks 19-9 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. Lockett had a season-low in receptions with two and was held to just 17 yards. The Seahawks would fall to 3-3 on the season and then head to Los Angeles to battle the Chargers.

In Week 7, Lockett was held under 50 yards receiving for the second straight week in the Seahawks 37-23 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday. However, the veteran receiver did haul in seven receptions, the fifth time he’s caught five or more passes in a game this season. Seattle is now 4-3 on the season, sitting in first place in the NFC West.

Timmy Horne, DT, Atlanta Falcons

Horne was quiet during the Falcons 28-14 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Week 6, as he did not record a single tackle in the game.

He recorded a single tackle in Sunday’s Falcons 35-17 blowout loss to the defending AFC Champion Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

AJ Parker, CB, Detroit Lions

Parker came away with three tackles in the Detroit Lions 24-6 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. Parker saw 43 defensive snaps and seven special teams snaps in the ballgame. He now has eight tackles on the season in his two games since being signed off the Detroit practice squad in early October.