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Auburn Tigers in the NFL - Week 3
Sept. 26, 2017

Montravius Adams (DT, Green Bay Packers)
Adams experienced his first NFL action against the Bengals after being sidelined by a foot injury for the first two games of the season. Adams was selected with the 93rd pick in the third round of the 2017 draft. The Vienna, Ga., native became the 17th Auburn defensive tackle drafted in the common draft era, and the highest defensive tackle picked from Auburn since Nick Fairley was drafted 13th overall in the first round of the 2011 NFL draft.
Cameron Artis-Payne (RB, Carolina Panthers)
Artis-Payne did not play in the Panther's 34-13 loss to New Orleans. The third-year man out of Harrisburg, Pa., rushed for 144 yards and two touchdowns and caught one pass for 11 yards in three games as in his second year in 2016. Artis-Payne was the 34th Auburn running back drafted in the common draft era when he was selected by the Panthers in the fifth round of the 2015 draft.
Peyton Barber (RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
Barber saw the field, but did not record any stats in Tampa Bay’s 34-17 loss to the Vikings. The second year Alpharetta, Ga. native has 47 rushing yards though the first three games of the season. Barber made the Buccaneers' 53-man roster after going undrafted in 2016. The Alpharetta, Ga. native rushed for 223 yards and one touchdown in 2016. Barber also had 28 yards on 5 catches in his rookie season.
Daren Bates (LB, Tennessee Titans)
Bates recorded one tackle in the Titans' 33-27 win over Seattle. A special teams captain, Bates appeared in 16 games with the Raiders in 2016. The undrafted fifth-year man out of Memphis, Tenn., has compiled 38 tackles, recovered two fumbles and blocked one kick in his career.
Quan Bray (WR, Indianapolis Colts)
Bray had one reception for 22 yards in the Colts' 31-28 win over Cleveland, however his impact went beyond the stat line as he earned Backup of the Game honors by Colts.com with three punt returns for 16 yards and made a crucial block that lead to a 61-yard touchdown by T.Y. Hilton. The LaGrange, Ga., native is averaging 26.7 yards on 33 kick returns for a total of 880 yards and 6.9 yards on 38 punt returns for a total of 263 yards in his career. Bray's longest kick return is 60 yards and his longest punt return is 33 yards. Bray has also caught four passes for 58 yards and has seven yards rushing on one attempt.
Josh Bynes (LB, Arizona Cardinals)
Bynes recorded one solo tackle in Arizona’s 28-17 loss to the Cowboys on Monday night. Bynes is entering his seventh season in the NFL after signing with the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2011. Over his career, he's amassed 230 tackles (150 solo), 80 assisted tackles, one and a half sacks, one interception and three forced fumbles.
Sammie Coates (WR, Cleveland Browns)
Coates was sidelined by a hamstring injury in the Browns' 31-28 loss to Indianapolis. Three games into his third season, the second-year man from Leroy, Ala., has 22 receptions for 446 yards (average of 20.3 yards per catch) and two touchdowns. Coates became the first Auburn wide receiver drafted since 2007 when the Steelers selected him in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
Shon Coleman (OT, Cleveland Browns)
Coleman received his third-consecutive start in the Browns' 31-28 loss to Indianapolis as he helped pave the way for 346 yards of total offense (235 passing, 111 rushing). Coleman was the first Tiger taken off the board in the 2016 NFL Draft, going 76th overall in the third round. The Olive Branch, Miss., native saw action in seven games during his rookie season.
Blake Countess (DB, LA Rams)
Countess recorded two solo tackles in the Ram’s 41-39 win in Thursday night’s matchup against San Francisco. Countess is starting his second year off well with 7 total tackles in his first two games. Countess was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles with the 21st pick of the sixth round in the 2016 draft. He was the first Auburn defensive back drafted since Walter McFadden in 2010. He had 20 tackles and 8 assists in his first year in 2016.
Karlos Dansby (LB, Arizona Cardinals)
Dansby was sound once again in the Cardinal’s 28-17 loss to Dallas Monday night with three solo tackles and one assist. The 14-year veteran led the Cincinnati Bengals last season with 114 tackles (69 solo). The former All-SEC linebacker is looking to become only the fifth player to join the elite club with at least 40 sacks and 20 interceptions. The Birmingham, Ala. native has racked up 1,343 tackles (1,013 solo), 42.0 sacks, 19 interceptions (six returned for touchdowns) and 18 forced fumbles during his time with the Arizona Cardinals, Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals.
Nick Fairley (DT, New Orleans Saints)
Fairley will likely miss the entirety of his seventh year in the NFL because of a heart issue. The former first round draft pick and Lombardi Award winner from Mobile, Alabama has racked up 170 tackles (113 solo), 20.5 sacks and 4 forced fumbles over his six years in the NFL. [IR]
Dee Ford (LB, Kansas City Chiefs)
Ford recorded one tackle for the Chiefs in their 24-10 win over Los Angeles before exiting the game early with a hip injury. The Odenville, Ala., native had 38 tackles (25 solo), 10 sacks and a forced fumble last season. Ford became the highest-drafted Auburn defensive end since Gerald Robinson in 1986 when the Chiefs selected him 23rd overall in the 2014 draft. He has 72 tackles in his career including 15.5 sacks.
Rudy Ford (DB, Arizona Cardinals)
Ford saw the field, but did not record any stats in the Cardinals' week double overtime win over the Colts. Ford was drafted with the 24th pick of the sixth round by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2017 NFL draft. He and Joshua Holsey are the first pair of defensive backs from Auburn to be drafted in the same year since Pat Lee and Jonathan Wilhite in 2008.
Corey Grant (RB, Jacksonville Jaguars)
Grant had one reception for 18 yards and six carries for 75 yards (an average of 12.5 yards per carry) in the Jaguars' 44-7 win over Baltimore, including a 58 yard run on a fake punt. Grant’s outburst should not come as a surprise as he rushed another fake punt for 51 yards and lead the AFC in rushing throughout the preseason with 191 yards on 22 carries, including a 79-yard touchdown run against New England. The third-year man from Opelika, Ala., is averaging 23.4 yards on 24 kick returns in his career with a long of 42, has made seven tackles and has seven receptions for 66 yards and a touchdown. Grant also has 254 yards and a touchdown with a long of 58 yards on the ground in his career.
Video: http://www.nfl.com/videos/london-games/0ap3000000849751/Jaguars-fake-punt-Corey-Grant-goes-for-50-yards?icampaign=%22search-video-corey+grant%22
Josh Harris (LS, Atlanta Falcons)
Harris served as a captain and the Falcon's long snapper in their 30-26 win over Detroit. The Carrolton, Ga., native, now in his sixth season, has served as Atlanta's long snapper in all 83 games of his NFL career.
Josh Holsey (DB, Washington Redskins)
Holsey did not play in Washington’s 27-10 win over the Raiders Sunday night. Holsey was drafted with the 17th pick of the seventh round in the 2017 NFL draft by the Washington Redskins. He and Rudy Ford are the first pair of defensive backs from Auburn to be drafted in the same year since Pat Lee and Jonathan Wilhite in 2008.
Jonathan Jones (DB, New England Patriots)
Jones recorded three tackles in the Patriots 36-33 win over Houston, bringing him up to six tackles and two pass break ups on the season. The Carrolton, Ga., native made the Patriots' 53-man roster after going undrafted in 2016. Jones went on to make 14 tackles and force two fumbles in his rookie season.
Brandon King (DB, New England Patriots)
King saw the field, but did not record a stat in the Patriots' 36-33 win over Houston. King has compiled 23 combined tackles, forced one fumble and appeared on special teams three games into his third season. The Alabaster, Ala. native was picked up by New England after going undrafted in 2015.
DaVonte Lambert (DE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
Lambert did not play in the Buccaneer's 34-17 loss to Minnesota. Lambert was placed on the IR after dislocating his wrist before the season began. Lambert has recorded 14 tackles (9 solo) in his one year as a Buccaneer. Lambert made the Buccaneers 53-man roster after not being drafted in 2016. The Keysville, Ga., native had 48 career tackles at Auburn.
Chris Landrum (LB, San Diego Chargers)
Landrum did not play in the Chargers’ 24-10 loss to Kansas City as he will likely be on the Chargers’ injury reserve for the season because of a shoulder injury. In his rookie season, the Meridian, Miss., native saw action in 10 games, recording four tackles and a sack. Landrum played at Auburn from 2011-2012 before transferring to Jacksonville State.
Devaroe Lawrence (DT, New Orleans Saints)
Lawrence signed with the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent this offseason. The Greenville, S.C. native did not play in the Saints 34-13 win over Carolina as he is currently on the IR, but is looking for playing time after recovery. Lawrence made 45 career tackles during his time on The Plains.
Carl Lawson (DE, Cincinnati Bengals)
Lawson had the best game of his young career as he recorded four tackles and 2.5 sacks in the Bengals' 27-24 OT loss to Green Bay. Though the first three weeks of the season, the Alpharetta, Ga., native has the highest pass rushing productivity among edge defenders with a rating of 19.9 by pro football focus. That rating was achieved through 17 quarterback hurries and 2.5 sacks. Lawson was drafted with the ninth pick in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. He is the first Auburn defensive end drafted since Dee Ford was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs with the 23rd pick of the first round in the 2014 NFL draft.


 

 

Ricardo Louis (WR, Cleveland Browns)
Louis had one reception for 10 yards in the Browns' 31-28 loss to Indianapolis, bringing him up to five receptions for 69 yards on the season. In his rookie season, Louis caught 18 passes for 205 yards (11.4 yards per catch) while making three starts. The Miami, Fla., native also had nine kick returns for 164 yards, nine tackles, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries in his rookie season. The Browns selected Louis in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Louis and Sammie Coates (2015 third round selection of the Pittsburgh Steelers) were the first pair of Auburn wide receivers to be drafted in consecutive years since Ben Obamanu (2006), Devin Aromashodu (2006) and Courtney Taylor (2007).  
Cam Newton (QB, Carolina Panthers)
Newton completed 17 of 26 passes for 167 yards in Carolina’s 34-14 loss to the Saints. Newton also rushed for 16 yards and a touchdown, bringing his career rushing touchdown total to 49. Newton is also only one game away from having more wins than any other quarterback in franchise history as he is currently tied with Jake Delhomme with 53 wins. Last season, Newton passed for 3,509 yards and 19 touchdowns, and he also rushed for 359 yards and five touchdowns.  Since 2011, he has the most rushing touchdowns in the NFL among active players and second only to Marshawn Lynch (51) for most overall. He is the first player in Panthers history with 12 300-yard games and is the Panthers career leader with 138 touchdown passes. In 2015,  the College Park, Ga., native became the first player in NFL history to pass for 30 touchdowns and rush for 10 touchdowns in a single season. He is the first player in NFL history to start his career with five consecutive seasons with over 3,000 passing yards and 500 yards rushing. In his career, Newton has compiled 21,943 yards through the air with 138 touchdowns and has 3,569 yards rushing with 49 touchdowns. The 2010 Heisman Trophy winner became Auburn's fourth No. 1 overall pick when Carolina selected him in the 2011 draft.
Video: http://www.nfl.com/videos/freed-highlights/0ap3000000851242/freeD-Cam-Newton-TD-run-Week-3
Cody Parkey (PK, Miami Dolphins)
Coming off of a week with four made field goals, including a 54-yard game winner, Parkey recorded a touchback in the Dolphins' 20-6 loss to the New York Jets. The Jupiter, Fla., native has converted 59-of-69 field goal attempts with a long of 54 yards and is 82-for-84 on extra points in his career. Parkey has also averaged 63.7 yards per kickoff with 86 touchbacks and even three tackles after the second game of his fourth career season. Parkey had one of the best rookie seasons by a kicker in NFL history in 2014 as he set the NFL rookie scoring record with 150 points and was named to the 2015 Pro Bowl.
Jay Prosch (FB, Houston Texans)
Prosch helped pave the way for 417 total yards of offense (292 passing and 125 rushing) in the Texans' 36-33 loss to New England. The Saraland, Ala., native has 10 carries for 42 yards and two catches for six yards for 30 yards in his career. On special teams, Prosch has also racked up 16 tackles. The former Tiger H-Back was a sixth-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Greg Robinson (OL, Detroit Lions)
Robinson started again in week three for the Lions in their 30-26 loss to Atlanta. He has started in 45 games since he joined the NFL in 2014. The Thibodaux, La., native was drafted second overall in the 2014 NFL Draft, the highest-drafted offensive lineman in Auburn history. He played in all 16 games of his rookie season with 12 starts. He has started in 45 of his 49 games played in his career.
Pat Sims (DL, Cincinnati Bengals)
Despite sustaining an elbow injury earlier in the week, Sims started in the Bengals' 27-24 OT loss to Green Bay and was recorded a solo tackle. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native has eight tackles on the season. Sims had 37 tackles and a sack and a half last season. A third-round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, Sims was the first Auburn defensive tackle drafted at the time since Mike Pelton was drafted in the fifth round by the Chiefs in the 1995 NFL draft. Sims has compiled 278 tackles, eight and a half sacks and one interception in his ten-year career.
Neiko Thorpe (DB, Seattle Seahawks)
Thorpe was inactive for Seattle’s 33-27 loss to the Titans. He was kept out for the first time this season while he nursed a sore ankle. Thorpe is in his second season as a Seahawk. Last season, he appeared in 15 games and compiled 19 tackles (13 solo). Thorpe has made 73 tackles in his NFL career over 5 seasons with the Seahawks, Raiders and Chiefs.
C.J. Uzomah (TE, Cincinnati Bengals)
Uzomah recorded one tackle in the Bengals' 27-24 OT loss to Green Bay. This was his first action of the season after being sidelined by an ankle injury for the first two weeks. The Suwanee, Ga., native had eight starts, one tackle, 25 receptions for 234 yards (average of 9.4 per catch) with a long of 54 yards and a touchdown last season. Uzomah became the first Auburn tight end drafted since Walter Reeves (1989) when the Bengals selected him in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
Christian Westerman (OG, Cincinnati Bengals)
Westerman did not see the field in the Bengals' 27-24 OT loss to Houston. The Chandler, Ariz., native was picked up in the fifth round (No. 161 overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft. Westerman is the first guard to be drafted after playing at Auburn since Ben Grubbs was drafted by the Ravens in the first round of the 2007 NFL draft.
Other former Tigers on NFL practice squads:  Cassanova McKinzy (Rams), Chad Slade (Texans), Gimel President (Texans), Jermaine Whitehead (Packers), Gabe Wright (Dolphins), Angelo Blackson (Patriots)

Report compiled by Auburn Media Relations Student Assistants T.J. Stricklin and Joseph Hooven

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