Wildcats in the NFL: JuJu Brents stars in debut, Tang honored by Chiefs

Cornerback Julius Brents shouts in celebration during the 2022 Big 12 Championship at AT&T Stadium as K-State defeated TCU 31-28 in overtime. Brents recorded an interception as well as three tackles and a pass deflection after battling with first round wide receiver Quentin Johnston all game. (Archive photo by Julia Smith | Collegian Media Group)

Editor’s note: Added extra info to Tyler Lockett’s and Dalton Risner’s performances and added Cody Whitehair, Josh Hayes, Cornelius Lucas, Byron Pringle and Duke Shelley to the online edition of this article. Also corrected Timmy Horne from practice squad to playing.

Julius “JuJu” Brents, CB, Indianapolis Colts

Brents, a second-round rookie, had been inactive in the opening two weeks for his hometown team of Indianapolis. He made his debut and immediately made an impact for the Colts, forcing and recovering a fumble in the first quarter en route to earning the third-best PFF grade of all cornerbacks in Week 3. The Colts upset the Ravens 22-19 in overtime.

Jerome Tang, HC Men’s Basketball, Kansas State

K-State men’s basketball coach and reigning Naismith Men’s College Coach of the Year Jerome Tang made a trip to Arrowhead Stadium as the Kansas City Chiefs’ drum honoree. Tang joined the likes of other honorees such as Voice of the Chiefs and K-State Athletics Hall of Fame member Mitch Holthus.

Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle Seahawks 

Lockett, coming off a two-touchdown performance, hauled in three receptions for 34 yards, averaging over eleven yards per catch. The ninth-year pro also grabbed a two-point conversion as he helped the Seahawks improve to 2-1 with a 37-27 win over Carolina. 

D.J. Reed, CB, New York Jets

Reed collected four tackles for the Jets’ defense that is attempting to overcome the loss of Aaron Rodgers. The former fifth-round pick played on every defensive snap as the Jets fell 15-10 to New England, dropping New York to 1-2. 

Felix Anudike-Uzomah, DE, Kansas City Chiefs

Anudike-Uzomah collected a career-high three tackles for Kansas City in its 41-10 defeat of the Bears with the renowned Tang in attendance. The first-round rookie also saw a new high of 25 snaps, accounting for 49% of defensive plays. 

Russ Yeast, S, Los Angeles Rams

Yeast played in every defensive snap for the Rams for the third consecutive game and collected six tackles. The second-year pro became a staple for the Los Angeles defense after being drafted in the seventh round. 

Deuce Vaughn, RB, Dallas Cowboys 

Vaughn did not see the field for the Cowboys offense for the first time this season as Dallas suffered its first loss in a 28-16 upset by the Arizona Cardinals. 

Ty Zentner, P, Houston Texans

Zentner matched his carry high of four punts in a game, notching a career-long punt of 54 yards as the Texans upset the Jaguars 37-17 for Houston’s first win. 

Dalton Risner, OL, Minnesota Vikings

Risner did not start for the Vikings in Week 3 after signing with the team just a week prior but did see four special team snaps. The fifth-year pro should take the starting guard spot over Ed Ingram, according to Will Ragatz at Sports Illustrated. Protecting Kirk Cousins has been an issue for the Vikings who have unexpectedly dropped to 0-3 after finishing 14-3 last year.

Cody Whitehair, OL, Chicago Bears 

Whitehair saw the field for all 51 offensive snaps as the Bears fell to the Chiefs. The former second round pick in 2016 has now started 110 games in his career. 

Timmy Horne, DL, Atlanta Falcons

Horne was elevated from the practice squad ahead of the Faclons matchup with the Detroit Lions in which Atlanta fell 20-6. A second-year pro, Horne collected two tackles in his first action this season. 

 Josh Hayes, DB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

A sixth-round rookie, Hayes notched 19 special teams snaps as Tampa Bay fell 25-11 in Philadelphia on Monday night.

Cornelius Lucas, OL, Washington Commanders

Lucas saw one special teams play for the Commanders who fell 37-3 at home to the Buffalo Bills. 

Byron Pringle, WR, Washington Commanders

Pringle was in for seven total snaps — six on offense and one on special teams — for Washington who dropped to 2-1.  

Duke Shelley, DB , Los Angeles Rams

In his first season with the Rams, Shelley got on the field for 21 special teams plays.

Practice Squad / Injured Reserve Players

Ekow Boye-Doe, CB, Kansas City Chiefs (Practice Squad)

Malik Knowles, WR, Minnesota Vikings (Injured Reserve)

A.J. Parker, DB, San Francisco 49ers (Injured Reserve)

Kiondre Thomas, CB, Green Bay Packers (Practice Squad)